42 of Chicago’s Best Pizza Places, Ranked

No explanation, no debate – these are the best pizza restaurants in Chicago, Illinois. Period.

42. Uno

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Photo Credit: Uno’s Instagram

No, your eyes are not deceiving you – this Chicago pizza restaurant offers a specialty pizza that features Italian beef.


41. Warehouse

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Photo Credit: Warehouse Instagram

We’ll take a slice of that action.

40. Roots

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Photo Credit: Roots Instagram

Damn good pizza, indeed.


39. Angelo’s Stuffed Pizza

Photo Credit: Angelo’s Stuffed Pizza

This Chicago pizza restaurant offers stuffed pizza, not deep dish – it’s an important distinction.


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38. Labriola

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Deep dish or classic, they’ve got it all.


37. Reno

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Give us that thin crust.

36. Salerno’s

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Photo Credit: Salerno’s Facebook

A little slice of Chicago history.


35. Legno

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Woodfired. ‘Nuff said.

34. Burt’s Place

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Photo Credit: Foodie Behind the Fork Instagram

Deep dish for dayssss.


33. Barnaby’s

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This pizza restaurant in Chicago, Illinois offers cornmeal crust. It sounds weird, but it was delicious.

32. Ranalli’s

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Serving up pies for over 45 years.


31. Phil’s

Photo Credit: Phil’s

Cash-only heaven.

30. My Pi

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Prime “cheese pull” real estate.

29. Homeslice

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Photo Credit: Homeslice Instagram

One pretty pie.

28. Pizzeria Bebu

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Real-deal Italian for the win.

27. Gino’s East

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The pizza offered at this pizza restaurant in Chicago is a total classic

26. Dimo’s

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Photo Credit: Dimo’s Instagram

Your late-night pizza craving, cured.

25. La Crosta Woodfired Pizzeria

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*Inserts Italian chef hand motion here.*

24. Aurelio’s

Photo Credit: Aurelio’s Pizza Instagram

Family-owned, family loved.

23. Bacci

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Photo Credit: Bacci Instagram

By. The. Slice.

22. Jimmy’s Pizza Cafe

Photo Credit: Jimmy’s Facebook

Some of the best New York-style pizza in the Chi.

21. Beggar’s 

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Finally, a place that perfectly balances the sauce and cheese proportions.

20. Nancy’s Pizza

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The stuffed pizza of your dreams.

19. Pie Eyed

Photo Credit: Pie Eyed Instagram

The neighborhood spot you never knew you needed.

18. Chicago Pizza and Oven Grinder Company

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Pizza Pot Pie anybody?

17. Bartoli’s

Photo Credit: Bartoli’s Instagram

A fork and knife kinda slice.

16. Pizza Castle

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A Southside mainstay.

15. Piece Brewery & Pizzeria

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Pizza and beer – need we say more?

14. Pequod’s

Photo Credit: Pequod’s Instagram

The caramelized crust you crave.

13. Pizano’s

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Pizano’s is supposedly Oprah’s favorite. Maybe it should be yours too.

12. Paulie Gee’s

Photo Credit: Paulie Gee’s of Logan Square

Brooklyn, meet Logan Square.

11. Art of Pizza

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Photo Credit: Art of Pizza Facebook

A true masterpiece.

10. Rosangela’s

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Southside thin crust done right.

9. Coalfire Pizza

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Photo Credit: Coalfire Instagram

Burnt in the best kind of way.

8. Forno Rosso

Photo Credit: Forno Rosso Instagram

This pizza restaurant in Chicago offers crust just like your Italian Grandma used to make.

7. Spacca Napoli

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Brb, drooling too much to think of something witty.

6. Home Run Inn

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I mean, c’mon.

5. Giordano’s

Photo Credit: Giordano’s Instagram

Did you really think we’d skip over this OG?

4. Vito and Nick’s

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Photo Credit: Vito and Nick’s Facebook

An institution.

3. Bonci

Photo Credit: Bonci Instagram

This pizza restaurant in Chicago serves Roman-style pizza like you’ve never seen before.

2. Connie’s

Photo Credit: Connie’s Pizza Instagram

A Chicago tradition since 1963.

1. Lou Malnati’s

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Photo Credit: Lou Malnati’s Facebook

I mean, you already knew it.


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  • supavisah@yahoo.com'
    Posted Aug 24, 2019 4:37 pm 0Likes

    I can’t believe Home Run Inn isn’t on this list! I think a tourist made this list or non native Chicagoans! Native Chicagoans don’t eat stuffed pizza all the damn time like that!

    • Kali Cramer
      Posted Aug 27, 2019 4:16 pm 0Likes

      Maybe not, but they’re still delicious! Thanks for reading.

  • angelo@angelokanis.com'
    Posted Aug 24, 2019 2:44 pm 0Likes

    You hit most of the big names but ranking Uno’s so low is questionable and you didn’t even mention Gino’s East.

  • jonas@squidmarks.com'
    Jonas Cepkauskas
    Posted Aug 22, 2019 5:22 pm 0Likes


  • awshandy@gmail.com'
    Posted Apr 13, 2018 5:18 pm 0Likes

    Ok, have been to many BUT….For thin crust; Marie’s Pizza on Lawrence…Puhhh…Leeeez!!! Cmon people use your mentality, wake up to reality!

    • staticonchannel3@gmail.com'
      Francis McButterpants
      Posted May 5, 2018 10:36 pm 0Likes

      Marie’s simply doesn’t cut it. The sauce or crust. I’m sorry. It pales compared to Martino’s thin crust sausage.

  • james.wiederkehr@klgates.com'
    Posted Apr 10, 2018 9:34 pm 0Likes

    Quonset Pizza in Waukegan. I do agree with Lou Malnati’s.

  • mfvinzon@hotmail.com'
    Posted Apr 3, 2018 4:24 pm 0Likes

    Also, try 1) D’Agostino’s on Addison and Southport and 2) Nella Pizza and Pasta down in Hyde Park.

  • srdiamond@aol.com'
    Posted Apr 1, 2018 7:04 pm 0Likes

    Craft Pizza in Wicker Park – those are some pretty serious pizza guys…

  • Bramnet@live.com'
    Posted Mar 30, 2018 2:44 pm 0Likes

    Union Squared anyone?

  • Pcmazur@sbcglobal.net'
    Posted Mar 30, 2018 6:38 am 0Likes

    Connie’s is the Domino’s of Chicago Style pizza. Cardboard with sauce and cheese. Gross.

  • Jduran.angels@gmail.com'
    Jesse Duran SOXSIDER
    Posted Mar 29, 2018 4:48 pm 0Likes

    You guys apparently don’t know good pizza .. Piasans Pizzaria in Berwyn il on Ogden ave by FAR THE BEST

  • tpscottie@yahoo.com'
    Posted Mar 28, 2018 12:28 pm 0Likes

    You missed the best spinach pizza and very good pizza in general Bell Bacino’s!!! and Connie’s was sooo awful before and it is a little better now but no way at all should be on this list!! Bacci big slice is also not that good either….Connie’s number 2????!!!! come on man!!!

  • Tudatm@yahoo.com'
    David George
    Posted Mar 26, 2018 9:08 pm 0Likes

    Connies at Number 2? Someone forgot to add 2 more zeros afterwards. #typo destroyed credibilty of the whole thing.

  • Bhendr2277@gmail.com'
    William Henderson
    Posted Mar 26, 2018 8:17 pm 0Likes

    How does Beggars Pizza get left off of this list considering popularity it has in the south suburbs ?

  • anguskroll@gmail.com'
    Posted Mar 26, 2018 3:38 pm 0Likes

    Fat Ricky’s in Tinley, Romeoville and Plainfield would be worthy of a top 40.

    Posted Mar 22, 2018 11:27 pm 0Likes

    Waldo Cooneys makes a good southside pie. Haven’t found a place to replace Little Joe’s. Used to order from Pizza Castle all the time but there not consistent. A good pizza should be a thin, crispy crust & NOT greasy! Giordanos SUCKS. Nick & Vito has limited sizes & HIGH prices.

  • surealia@sbcglobal.net'
    Posted Mar 22, 2018 7:58 pm 0Likes

    How did you miss I Monelli?

  • Radrlv@aol.com'
    Posted Mar 21, 2018 10:47 am 0Likes

    PETE’S 2 on Montrose both Stuffed and flat, the pizza had always been good.

  • dan1674@yahoo.com'
    Daniel Foster
    Posted Mar 15, 2018 9:18 pm 0Likes

    No love for Leona’s?

  • Metaph@hotmail.com'
    Posted Mar 12, 2018 5:05 pm 0Likes

    You’re right about Connie’s on Archer.

  • 93e9@gmail.com'
    Brian Adams
    Posted Mar 12, 2018 9:19 am 0Likes

    Milanos in Beverly

  • Nwhoulihan@northpark.edu'
    Neil H
    Posted Mar 12, 2018 5:48 am 0Likes

    ORD Pizza on Montrose is incredible. Should be somewhere on this list.

  • jsezwick56@gmail.com'
    John Szewezyk
    Posted Mar 9, 2018 11:19 am 0Likes

    What no mention of Freddy’s Pizza in Cicero or Villa Nova in Stickney? These have been institutions in Chicago for over 40+ years. They deserve more accolades than some of these flash in the pan or corporate pizza joints. And why is New York style pizza even listed in your top 40 list? Who in Chicago wants pizza you have to fold in half? No one.

    • Jessica Hamrick
      Posted Mar 12, 2018 10:25 am 0Likes

      Hey John! Appreciate the suggestions – we’ll keep em in mind for next time!

  • Nickrekart@gmail.com'
    Posted Mar 7, 2018 12:30 pm 0Likes

    JB Alberto’s truly needs to be on this list.

  • Alfonsodiaz312@rcn.com'
    Posted Mar 6, 2018 12:30 am 0Likes

    This list sucks Connie’s #5 is the worst you must be either on sum hipster shit or sum surban shit this ain’t no true Chicago pizzaria list.

  • Tonyceja2@hitmail.com'
    Tony Ceja
    Posted Mar 4, 2018 6:35 pm 0Likes

    Where’s Phil’s Pizza from Bridgeport? And you gotta be kidding about Giordono’s.

  • ajgraveline@gmail.com'
    Posted Mar 3, 2018 10:53 am 0Likes

    i Love Lou’s, but these people are right–this ranking is Way off. Giordano’s??? come on!! however, i was pleased to see non-chains like Vito & Nick’s, Pequod’s, Roots, etc. next time just call it a chicago pizza “bucket list” or something, leave out the ranking and controversy! Giordano’s? Connie’s?? in the top 5??? and my last pizza from Uno’s was Awful, (so replace them with Renaldi’s 2827 N B’way)

  • Tazantonio1984@gmail.com'
    Posted Mar 3, 2018 1:07 am 0Likes

    1 Loumalnatis
    2 Connies
    3 Als Cicero
    4 Paisans Cicero

  • kkmusser@aol.com'
    Posted Mar 2, 2018 10:35 am 0Likes

    Rosati’s should be in the top 10…not even on the list. Huge oversight.

  • ggarcia528@yahoo.com'
    Guillermo Garcia
    Posted Feb 28, 2018 12:01 pm 0Likes

    I agree Garrett…this list is BS! Way better pizza places in Chicago that weren’t mentioned like Gio Gio’s, Beggars and Falcos. The writer is definitely from the Chi.

    • Jessica Hamrick
      Posted Feb 28, 2018 12:11 pm 0Likes

      Thanks for your thoughts y’all – we seriously do appreciate them! This is just one writer’s opinion but considering how strongly everyone feels maybe we’ll have to revisit.

      • Lippitzchinitz@aol.com'
        Posted Mar 11, 2018 5:58 pm 0Likes

        Thank you for attempting a list. Best Of lists are always risky because people take these things seriously. BTW, as long as Forno Rosso is in the top few, someone is doing his homework!

  • Gtomasevich@yahoo.com'
    Posted Feb 27, 2018 12:27 pm 0Likes

    I think this list is BS as well. Arrenello’s Deep Dish is better than half the top 10’s on this list. And their thin crust is better than most of these. Girradono’s, Aurelio’s, Lou’s……seriously. Chain restaurants and everyone is different.

  • andrewneverchecksthis@gmail.com'
    Lou Malnati's Cook
    Posted Feb 25, 2018 5:35 pm 0Likes

    friend sent me this, i thought to myself ok it better not just have “lou’s as #1” without at least entertaining the other competitors….Since ya did….. how credible are you if Pizzeria Due is not even mentioned? It’s basically a better lou’s. Even if it’s a worse lous it would belong somewhere on the top 42. Closing statement, I agree with the others that Giordanos is also way out of place though no surprise. Very safe list you get a sticker!

  • ghead32@yahoo.com'
    Greg H
    Posted Feb 25, 2018 9:27 am 0Likes

    This is some bull. Ginos East should have been higher. Give me a break Connie’s and Girodnos. Please

  • Lawgirl12@hormail.com'
    Posted Feb 25, 2018 3:12 am 0Likes

    D’Agostino’s???? Def better than Connie’s

  • charlesspence1980@gmail.com'
    Posted Feb 24, 2018 8:10 pm 0Likes

    JB Alberto’s? Pander to chain resturaunts much or just eat what you are told to and report accordingly?

    • Alfonsodiaz312@rcn.com'
      Posted Mar 6, 2018 12:41 am 0Likes

      Love me in Uptown getting sum J.B Alberto’s

  • Hankking12@aol.com'
    Hank King
    Posted Feb 24, 2018 6:59 pm 0Likes

    Italian Fiesta Pizzeria…a Southside institution for 75 years,

    • Jessica Hamrick
      Posted Feb 26, 2018 10:01 am 0Likes

      Thanks for the suggestion! We’ll have to consider it next time around!

  • rpcardone@gmail.com'
    Raffa Paulo
    Posted Feb 24, 2018 8:36 am 0Likes

    Giordano’s anywhere in the top 40??? What a joke. Somebody’s getting their pockets lined.

  • Pdkks@yahoo.com'
    Pizza lover
    Posted Feb 23, 2018 4:18 pm 0Likes

    lol Lou Manatis. Should have scrolled down to see that so I didn’t have to read the rest of the list. What a joke. How much they pay you guys in ad money?

    • Jessica Hamrick
      Posted Feb 23, 2018 4:24 pm 0Likes

      None! We just love Lou’s tbh ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

      • ajlee92@hotmail.com'
        Posted Mar 31, 2018 9:42 am 0Likes

        Missed Palermo’s Pizza of 63rd Street. The perfect balance of cheese, sweet sauce and crust.

  • Marysummins@gmail.com'
    Posted Feb 23, 2018 12:40 pm 0Likes

    No Exchequer?… To have Giordano’s as top 3 is ridiculous.

    • Alfonsodiaz312@rcn.com'
      Posted Mar 6, 2018 12:44 am 0Likes

      Again great Pizza in the Loop and way better that Connie’s ? Pizza

  • Cellmaster47@gmail.com'
    Posted Feb 23, 2018 10:53 am 0Likes

    Pequods is number one…. and to have Giordano’s in the top 3 is insane.

    • Cellmaster47@gmail.com'
      Posted Feb 23, 2018 10:54 am 0Likes

      Top 5 i mean…

  • vaibhav.ravi@yahoo.com'
    Posted Feb 22, 2018 12:36 am 0Likes

    Pequod’s should be in top 3. I mean, come on!

  • Marcin25@rocketmail.com'
    Marcin Cichockk
    Posted Feb 21, 2018 7:30 pm 0Likes

    Pequods beats Lou Manati’s anytime anywhere.

  • Musciav81@hotmail.com'
    V. Muscia
    Posted Feb 19, 2018 10:58 pm 0Likes

    If this wasn’t I would agree with you but to put Connie’s pizza over half of those places you have to out of your god damn mind. Connie’s pizza is absolutely horrible.

  • Steve@hawthornfin.com'
    Posted Feb 17, 2018 3:52 pm 0Likes

    Beggars!! C’mon!

    • pat@wahls.org'
      Posted Aug 23, 2019 7:52 am 0Likes

      Absolutely Beggars!!!!!

  • Tommyrays735@gmail.com'
    Tom Look
    Posted Feb 16, 2018 12:28 am 0Likes

    Why is Gullivers not in this group?

    • Donaldsmith243@gmail.com'
      Don smith
      Posted Apr 20, 2018 1:17 pm 0Likes

      Why is Palermo’s not in group best pizza in Chicago

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