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Pizano’s

My friend Matt texted me asking for Chicago recommendations. My immediate response? DEEP DISH PIZZA!

Hailing from Chicago, and traveling back there often, I consider myself a deep dish pizza expert (it’s a difficult job but someone has to do it)! So during a recent trip home for my cousin’s wedding, you can imagine how surprised I was when my brother suggested Pizano’s, a deep dish pizza spot I hadn’t heard of before! This meant two things: One, Josh may be a bigger deep dish pizza expert than I am (although I’ll never admit it to him!) and two, we needed to eat there ASAP!

Pizano's Pizza and Pasta - Chicago deep dish pizza - dining and travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Pizano's Pizza and Pasta - Chicago deep dish pizza - dining and travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

For Pizano’s owner, Rudy Malnati Jr., pizza is in the blood. His father was the first to develop deep dish pizza and opened Pizzeria Uno, and his brother opened Lou Malnati’s! Talk about a house divided!

Pizano's Pizza and Pasta - Chicago deep dish pizza - dining and travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Pizano's Pizza and Pasta - Chicago deep dish pizza - dining and travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

And now here we were, about to decide which deep dish pizza is best.

Pizano's Pizza and Pasta - Chicago deep dish pizza - dining and travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Pizano's Pizza and Pasta - Chicago deep dish pizza - dining and travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Pizano's Pizza and Pasta - Chicago deep dish pizza - dining and travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Pizano's Pizza and Pasta - Chicago deep dish pizza - dining and travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Upon Josh’s recommendation (stop being an expert, Josh!) we ordered the Mark’s Special with sliced tomatoes, basil, and fresh garlic. We added sausage to our pie because that’s just who we are as a family!

Pizano's Pizza and Pasta - Chicago deep dish pizza - dining and travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

The pizza arrived piping hot and we greedily dug in, ignoring how much we were burning our mouths because it tasted so good!

Pizano's Pizza and Pasta - Chicago deep dish pizza - dining and travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

I loved it, especially the fresh basil which gave the pizza a nice flavor. The sauce was seasoned flawlessly and absolutely delicious. Plus there was a perfect amount of cheese, unlike at Giordano’s.

The crust, while good, was hard to cut through, and I wish the restaurant had given us something stronger than butterknives to use. But that’s really my only complaint, the cutlery.

Pizano's Pizza and Pasta - Chicago deep dish pizza - dining and travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

But was it as good as my previous favorite, Lou Malnati’s?

It was a really tough call. Both deep dish pizzas are noteworthy, and are now my two favorites in the city. But in the end, I still think Lou Malnati’s is the pinnacle of Chicago deep dish pizza. Josh (the real pizza expert?) disagrees, and says that Pizano’s is now his favorite.

Talk about another house divided!

Pizano's Pizza and Pasta - Chicago deep dish pizza - dining and travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

To find out more information about Pizano’s Pizza and Pasta, and to try their amazing deep dish pizza for yourself, click here.

And to read all of my Chicago deep dish pizza reviews, click here.

After stuffing ourselves with pizza, it was time for my cousin Brittany’s wedding!

Pizano's Pizza and Pasta - Chicago deep dish pizza - dining and travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Pizano's Pizza and Pasta - Chicago deep dish pizza - dining and travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

As the staff handed out glasses of champagne, we watched the gorgeous bride walk down the aisle.

Pizano's Pizza and Pasta - Chicago deep dish pizza - dining and travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Pizano's Pizza and Pasta - Chicago deep dish pizza - dining and travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Then after a quick ceremony it was time for dinner and revelry!

Pizano's Pizza and Pasta - Chicago deep dish pizza - dining and travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

And while Josh and I may have different opinions on our favorite deep dish pizza, we still have the same dance moves!

Pizano's Pizza and Pasta - Chicago deep dish pizza - dining and travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Pizano's Pizza and Pasta - Chicago deep dish pizza - dining and travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Pizano's Pizza and Pasta - Chicago deep dish pizza - dining and travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

And as it turns out, most of my family have the same dance moves too!

Pizano's Pizza and Pasta - Chicago deep dish pizza - dining and travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Pizano's Pizza and Pasta - Chicago deep dish pizza - dining and travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

When we weren’t on the dance floor you could find us in the photo booth, getting pictures of all of the cousins together.

Pizano's Pizza and Pasta - Chicago deep dish pizza - dining and travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Pizano's Pizza and Pasta - Chicago deep dish pizza - dining and travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Pizano's Pizza and Pasta - Chicago deep dish pizza - dining and travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Pizano's Pizza and Pasta - Chicago deep dish pizza - dining and travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Pizano's Pizza and Pasta - Chicago deep dish pizza - dining and travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Pizano's Pizza and Pasta - Chicago deep dish pizza - dining and travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Pizano's Pizza and Pasta - Chicago deep dish pizza - dining and travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Pizano's Pizza and Pasta - Chicago deep dish pizza - dining and travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

It was so nice being surrounded by all of my cousins again.

Pizano's Pizza and Pasta - Chicago deep dish pizza - dining and travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Congratulations, Brittany and Tony!

~A

P.S. My dress is by Alexia Admor and you can find it here.

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