Us Chicagonians love our pizzas, that’s for sure! So, how could you miss out on National Pizza Month? Yes, we’re talking the entire October! Below are an extensive list of all the best pizza joints across Chicago. Most of these places also have vegetarian, vegan, or gluten-free options, and can accommodate to your special dietary requests.
Pair your pizza with some wings, mozzarella sticks, and a nice cold beer. It’s fall back and relax!
205 N Peoria St, Chicago, IL 60607
PB&J offers the best Neapolitan pizza and draft beer in town, as well as favorite jams from their state-of-the-art jukebox powered by TouchTunes. Diners can indulge in specialty pizzas such as the Elote Pizza, Burrata & Balsamic Pizza, and the Loaded Baked Potato featuring Ricotta Bechamel, Sliced Potatoes, Bacon, American Cheese, and Chives. PB&J’s fantastic Happy Hour takes place Tuesday – Thursday from 3-6pm with half price pizzas and select specialty cocktails.
3335 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60657
Nestled in the heart of Northalsted, diners can enjoy specialty flatbreads from Chef Devin Kreller at the six-time Michelin Bib Gourmand winner, Wood. Such as The Hot Italian Flatbread featuring smoked san marzano sauce, parmesan, house hot italian sausage, ricotta, giardiniera, pickled fresno peppers, castelvetrano olives. Diners can also order the Mushroom & Onion Flatbread featuring creamy mornay sauce, caramelized onions, glazed mushrooms, baby arugula, and grand cru alpine cheese.
4850 S Pulaski Rd, Chicago, IL 60632
You can’t NOT talk about Angelo’s if you want to try the best, most authentic deep dish pizza in Chicago. Their original stuffed crust is a Chicago icon. We recently tried the garlic parmesan stuffed crust, and it was absolutely mind-blowing. Angelo’s also have think crust pizza, wings, and other appetizers. If you’re a light eater, try one of their healthy salads. Mark our words: this place is heaven on earth for pizza lovers.
620 N State St, Chicago, IL 60654
Osteria Via Stato features thin, Roman-style pies coming right out of their wood-fire oven. Try the Crispy Pepperoni, the Margherita with crushed San Marzano tomatoes, hand-pulled mozzarella and basil or the revolving “pizza of the month” like Butternut Squash and Sage or Heirloom Tomato. The pizzas are available in the dining room, pizzeria and heated private greenhouses as well as available for delivery and carryout.
Spacca Napoli Pizzeria
1769 W Sunnyside Ave, Chicago, IL 60640
What is one pizza spot that almost all veteran pizza tasters would give a thumbs-up for? Spacca Napoli Pizzeria. It is safe to say this place is one of the best pizza joints way beyond Chicago area alone. If you’re looking for authentic Neopolitan style in Chicago, Spacca is te only place you need to go.
2207 N Clybourn Ave, Chicago, IL 60614
Cheesy, juicy, fresh sauce, and full of toppings. A deep dish from Pequod’s Pizza is all we can ask for on a gloomy cold day. And don’t be driven away by the slight burnt on their crust because the look says nothing. Put it in your mouth and you’ll understand what perfection means. You gotta make the pan crust crispy, after all!
601 N Milwaukee Ave, Wheeling, IL 60090
Saranello’s serves an array of Roman-Style pizzas that are crisp and delicious. You’ve got to try the White Pizza topped with shaved mushrooms, robiola cheese, arugula and finished with truffle oil. The pizzas can also be offered on gluten-free crust by request.
145 N Dearborn St, Chicago, IL 60602
Executive Chef Aaron Cuschieri offers craveable, instant classics at The Dearborn. Leaning into the “tavern” in their name, Cuschieri offers a new assortment of Chicago tavern-style pizzas with creative toppings, including a brunch pizza on weekends. Diners can indulge in pizzas such as Prosciutto & Fried Egg featuring truffle bianca sauce, saba, arugula, fontina cheese, and chili flakes. Other options include the Volpi Pepperoni & Fresh Mozzarella featuring classic house-made Pomodoro sauce, Midwest pepperoni, fresh mozzarella, fontina, and parmesan cheese.
340 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60654
Broaden horizons on National Pizza Month with Nonnina’s Leek & Mushroom pizza. Triangle cut and made to be folded, each slice is topped with Leek Confit, Wild Mushrooms, Black Truffle, Tomini and a little fiori di latte to bring all the flavors home. Classics like Nonnina’s Margherita — Local Mozzarella, San Marzano Tomato and Torn Basil — and their Four Cheese pizza with Gorgonzola, Mozzarella, Ricotta, Parmesan, Pistachio, Honey and a dash of Extra Virgin Olive Oil are on the menu, too, so there’s something the whole family will enjoy. Order now through Toast, Caviar, DoorDash, Uber Eats, or GrubHub by visiting www.nonninachicago.com.
150 N Dearborn St, Chicago, IL 60601
This classic Chicago landmark has returned just in time for Broadway season, with the kitchen now headed by the renowned Executive Chef Ozzy Amelotti. Petterino’s proudly serves three styles of Pizzetta’s for National Pizza month. Order a water because the Trenton New Jersey Style boasts Imported Mozzarella de Buffala from Campania, Cherry Tomato, Pomodoro and Chili Flake for some spice between bites. Petterino’s Prosciutto pizzetta is crisped and topped with Asiago, Besciamella, Truffle Oil and Micro Basil, which may seem small, but packs a punch with each bite. The Artichoke and Arugula pie is covered in Rose Sauce and Parmigiano Reggiano and guaranteed to create a chef kiss around the table.
838 W Kinzie St, Chicago, IL 60642
The pizza at Recess is so special that it comes with a name — Bob’s Pizza. Eight different styles of pizza adorn the menu at Recess, so there’s something for all pizza lovers. Bob’s Sausage features the best Italian Sausage in Chicago tucked together with a Tomato Sauce, House Blended Cheese, Thyme and Pickled Onions. While on the topic of pickles, Bob’s Pickle pie comes with Mortadella, Garlic Cream, Dill Pickles and Fresh Herbs. Be like Popeye and order the Spinach Pesto and Stracciatella for Prosciutto, Sun-dried Tomatoes, Baby Arugula and lovely Lemon — and it can be made completely vegetarian by request.
35 Oakbrook Center, Oak Brook, IL 60523
Skip the traffic to Detroit and head to Oakbrook instead for Chef Bill Kim’s amazing Mini Detroit Style Pizza. The pie comes in a classic Detroit brick topped with Cheese, Tomato Sauce and Asian Giardiniera. Who would have thought a Chicago chef can make such an incredible Detroit-style pizza? The best part is the pizza is completely vegetarian.
221 N Columbus Dr, Chicago, IL 60601
Experience farm-to-table dining in the heart of Downtown Chicago at FireLake Grill House & Cocktail Bar. The acclaimed American grill concept, known for its wood-fired cooking, offers a menu featuring the Midwest’s best meat, freshwater fish, and produce. To celebrate national pizza month on a lighter note, diners can enjoy Executive Chef Leonard Ventura’s Margherita Flatbread made with heirloom tomato, mozzarella di bufala and basil, the Rotisserie Chicken Flatbread featuring barbecue rotisserie chicken, green onion and jack cheese or a Fennel Sausage Flatbread with aged mozzarella, roasted garlic, spicy tomato sauce. Steps from Lake Michigan and Millennium Park, FireLake is an inviting showcase for the excellent food and welcoming spirit that define our city.
Featured Image Credit: Osteria Via Stato