I, too, love pizza and generally find something good in all different styles, although being originally from Chicago, I love Chicago Style thin crust and deep dish pizzas the best. The two mentioned above, Spacca Napoli and Coal Fire are not typical Chicago pizzas, however. They are more Neapolitan style, which I'm not a big fan of. They have their following, tho, but are not typical of the great Chicago Style pizzas that the city is famous for. The style of pizza served at the Chicago Pizza and Oven Grinder Co. is a weird kind of pizza, however, that is also not typical of Chicago pizza. Not to my liking, but again they have their following.
The most recent list that I've seen of CitySearch's Best of Chicago Pizza
had Ed and Joe's
in South suburban Tinley Park rated as No. 1 in the Chicago Metropolitan area. It is a great, old-fashioned thin crust pizza that you can view being made from the window front. It is also in the neighborhood where Tom Lehmann (a.k.a. "The Dough Doctor") learned much of his pizzamaking skills. When I had lived in the area, it was always one of my friends' and families' favorite pizzas. Others on the list were: No. 2, Home Run Inn
-- Truly one of the best pizzas ever. I use to go to the original location when it was just a little tavern with pizzas made in back. Now there have many locations in the area, but the original one on 31st St. is far better than the others. No. 3, Lou Malnati's
-- which generally has the greatest deep dish pizza, but they have a consistency problem at some of their locations. No. 4, Pat's
-- makes one of the best crispy, thin crust pizzas in Chicago.
No. 5. Gino's East
-- which I had recently, but I'm really not a big fan of either. No. 8, Vito & Nick's
-- great thin crust pizza and they deserve to be in the top 5. No. 9, Aurelio's
-- another great pizza in the South suburbs, but have more locations now since they've become fairly famous. No. 10, Pizzerias Uno and Due
-- not the goofy chain across the country (that is now called Uno's Chicago Bar and Grill), but the original on Ohio Street, has been coming back to greatness after some bad years in which it altered the basic recipe. I would highly recommend these two sister pizzerias (which are only a block apart). No.s 6, 7 (Pete's
and Caponies Tattoria
) I have not tried, but look forward to doing so in the future. See the results at http://chicago.citysearch.com/bestof/winners/pizza
. These surveys, while not perfect, give you some idea of the excellent pizzas that exist in the Chicagoland area. There are many, many others that unfortunately go unrecognized, except on these boards and threads.