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Do people from Chicago dislike thin crust pizza as much as I dislike thick crust ?

I always wondered that. Thick crust pizza just tastes like a huge loaf of bread to me. And I have had it in Chicago, so I assume it was a good one.

Do people who grew up eating it not like New York Style pizza?
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Re: Do people from Chicago dislike thin crust pizza as much as I dislike thick crust

Chicago-style pizza isn't pizza. It's a casserole. Once you think of it like that, it can be delicious.
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Re: Do people from Chicago dislike thin crust pizza as much as I dislike thick crust

I grew up on the East Coast enjoying thin crust. My wife's a native New Yorker and digs the "big as a dinner plate, fold it in half, Tony in the credit sequence of 'Saturday Night Fever' " pie. I had thick crust at Uno's about twenty years ago and found it basically disgusting. However, the thick crust available around my house here in the Chicago 'burbs can be really, really good. Use knife and fork and eat one or two pieces only. My kids only like thick crust, the savages.
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Re: Do people from Chicago dislike thin crust pizza as much as I dislike thick crust

I like them both but very much prefer thick crust. I made a great stuffed pizza yesterday and a thick crust I haven't tried yet.
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Re: Do people from Chicago dislike thin crust pizza as much as I dislike thick crust

I like both but like has been said, Chicago style is NOT pizza.
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Re: Do people from Chicago dislike thin crust pizza as much as I dislike thick crust

Originally Posted by DeputyDave View Post
I like both but like has been said, Chicago style is NOT pizza.
Agreed!

DeputyDave - Do you happen to go to BASIC in SD at all? They modeled that place (and the pizza) after a place called BAR in New Haven, CT. I ate there when I was out there last year, and it's pretty damn close. Definitely the best pizza I've had west of the northeast.
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Re: Do people from Chicago dislike thin crust pizza as much as I dislike thick crust

I've been in the Chicago area my whole life and cannot stand thick crust pizza.
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Re: Do people from Chicago dislike thin crust pizza as much as I dislike thick crust

I've lived in Chicago my whole life, and I say I've known far more people that prefer thin crust to thick. I take it anyway it comes, but a Gino's East pan pizza is about the closest thing to heaven on this planet.
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Re: Do people from Chicago dislike thin crust pizza as much as I dislike thick crust

Originally Posted by DeputyDave View Post
I like both but like has been said, Chicago style is NOT pizza.
Everytime I watch one of those "New York vs. Chicago" pizza shows on the Food Network or wherever, they always parade out a bunch of wise-mouthed New Yorkers shouting at the camera, "That's not a pizza, it's too thick and bready!". Then, without exception, they immediately take their New York pizza and FOLD IT IN HALF before taking a bite. The complete irony, of course, is that they essentially transform their slice into the exact same configuration as a thick crust Chicago pizza.

And that is why Chicago style pizza will always win in my mind. Simple logic dictates it.
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Originally Posted by Numanoid View Post
Everytime I watch one of those "New York vs. Chicago" pizza shows on the Food Network or wherever, they always parade out a bunch of wise-mouthed New Yorkers shouting at the camera, "That's not a pizza, it's too thick and bready!". Then, without exception, they immediately take their New York pizza and FOLD IT IN HALF before taking a bite. The complete irony, of course, is that they essentially transform their slice into the exact same configuration as a thick crust Chicago pizza.

And that is why Chicago style pizza will always win in my mind. Simple logic dictates it.
This.

I've honestly never been to New York or anywhere on the East Coast, but I'll still stand firm and say that there can't be much improvement over Palermo's on 95th, Gino's East, and Giordano's.
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Re: Do people from Chicago dislike thin crust pizza as much as I dislike thick crust

Originally Posted by Numanoid View Post
Everytime I watch one of those "New York vs. Chicago" pizza shows on the Food Network or wherever, they always parade out a bunch of wise-mouthed New Yorkers shouting at the camera, "That's not a pizza, it's too thick and bready!". Then, without exception, they immediately take their New York pizza and FOLD IT IN HALF before taking a bite. The complete irony, of course, is that they essentially transform their slice into the exact same configuration as a thick crust Chicago pizza.

And that is why Chicago style pizza will always win in my mind. Simple logic dictates it.
I disagree, folding a thin crust in half in now way equates the amount of crust on a thick crust. No way, not even close.
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Re: Do people from Chicago dislike thin crust pizza as much as I dislike thick crust

I prefer thin. I like thick crust too though, but I'm not a fan of the brick of cheese they put on the Chicago style from Giordanos.
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Re: Do people from Chicago dislike thin crust pizza as much as I dislike thick crust

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I prefer thin. I like thick crust too though, but I'm not a fan of the brick of cheese they put on the Chicago style from Giordanos.
That's stuffed a whole different category. Thick s the shit end of story!
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Re: Do people from Chicago dislike thin crust pizza as much as I dislike thick crust

I prefer thin to medium-thick crust.

The pizza in Chicago is like a heap of lasagna thrown atop a thin slice of french bread.
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Re: Do people from Chicago dislike thin crust pizza as much as I dislike thick crust

Originally Posted by Numanoid View Post
Everytime I watch one of those "New York vs. Chicago" pizza shows on the Food Network or wherever, they always parade out a bunch of wise-mouthed New Yorkers shouting at the camera, "That's not a pizza, it's too thick and bready!". Then, without exception, they immediately take their New York pizza and FOLD IT IN HALF before taking a bite. The complete irony, of course, is that they essentially transform their slice into the exact same configuration as a thick crust Chicago pizza.

And that is why Chicago style pizza will always win in my mind. Simple logic dictates it.
Um, what?
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Re: Do people from Chicago dislike thin crust pizza as much as I dislike thick crust

Originally Posted by Doug Heffernan View Post
I always wondered that. Thick crust pizza just tastes like a huge loaf of bread to me. And I have had it in Chicago, so I assume it was a good one.

Do people who grew up eating it not like New York Style pizza?
Then you didn't have a good, official Chicago pizza. Chicago pizza is deep dish, NOT thick crust.

It's almost like a pie, where you have a thin crust at the bottom, then you have gobs of meats, vegetables, cheeses and maybe some sauce, topped with another thin layer of crust which is then topped with some sauce and maybe more cheese. And it usually takes at least 45 minutes to be ready. There's really not that much crust in a Chicago pizza.

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Re: Do people from Chicago dislike thin crust pizza as much as I dislike thick crust

I'm regretting that I visited this thread before lunch.
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Re: Do people from Chicago dislike thin crust pizza as much as I dislike thick crust

Originally Posted by slop101 View Post
Then you didn't have a good, official Chicago pizza. Chicago pizza is deep dish, NOT thick crust.

It's almost like a pie, where you have a thin crust at the bottom, then you have gobs of meats, vegetables, cheeses and maybe some sauce, topped with another thin layer of crust which is then topped with some sauce and maybe more cheese. And it usually takes at least 45 minutes to be ready. There's really not that much crust in a Chicago pizza.

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Ok, I guess I meant "Deep Dish" - I will admit, those look good, but it reminds me more of lasagna or something.
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Re: Do people from Chicago dislike thin crust pizza as much as I dislike thick crust

I'm like Hiro. Grew up on the east coast (well Northeast) but have lived in Chicago about 18 years or so. This is not pizza here and to add in another argument ... New Haven pizza is better than NY

At this time right now I like Coal Fire Pizza the best which is located by Twisted Spoke near Matchbox (which the owner, I believe, was a past bartender there).
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Re: Do people from Chicago dislike thin crust pizza as much as I dislike thick crust

Have you ever visited Chicago during the winter? BRRRRRRRR!

Chicago doesn't like thin crust pizza because it can't double as insulation in a pinch.
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Re: Do people from Chicago dislike thin crust pizza as much as I dislike thick crust

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Chicago-style pizza isn't pizza. It's a casserole. Once you think of it like that, it can be delicious.
Agreed.
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Re: Do people from Chicago dislike thin crust pizza as much as I dislike thick crust

Originally Posted by slop101 View Post
There's really not that much crust in a Chicago pizza.


It looks to me like the crust on that pie is thicker than two NY slices on top of each other. Two inches of bread under that pie...
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Re: Do people from Chicago dislike thin crust pizza as much as I dislike thick crust

I like thin and thick crust but do not like Chicago style deep dish.
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Re: Do people from Chicago dislike thin crust pizza as much as I dislike thick crust

^ That pizza pictured above has way more crust than I've ever seen. The thing about "Chicago" pizza that non-locals don't seem to realize is that every single pizza joint has their own configuration. One place's deep dish may have an almost thin crust bottom, like Gino's, while another may be several times thicker. To lump them all together is silly. I'm sure there are plenty of pizza joints in NYC that have a non-traditional style.
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Re: Do people from Chicago dislike thin crust pizza as much as I dislike thick crust

I think what most people consider "Chicago style" is what I grew up (in Chicago) thinking of as "stuffed pizza". We'd get that once in a great while, but our typical pizza was a thinner crust from the corner joint. Now our thin was definitely different (and better IMO) than the thin crust I had in NY. This is what I consider Pizza. It is typically cut in squares and not triangles like NY. I think joints like Pizzeria Uno (which suck) propagate this "Chicago style" thing. Giordano's, Gino's and Lou Malnati's still seem to cater to the stuffed type pizza, but pretty much any standard pizza place around here is thin or pan crust in my experience.

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