Saturday, September 28, 2013

Lou Malnati's Pizzeria - Chicago, IL

Be ready to wait 35 minutes for a takeout pizza.  They'll tell you it takes that long.  And in that 35 minutes, a constant stream of customers came in yet very few seemed to leave.  And in a little over 35 minutes the pizza was ready.

Lou Malnati's has been featured on Food Paradise and Food Wars.

Malnati's Chicago Classic comprising lean sausage, lots of cheese, and vine ripened tomatoes.  It wasn't as deep as I had expected. The last time I had deep dish, it was about 2 plus inches thick.  This 6 inch single serve size was about about 1-1/4 in thick at most.

Despite it being less deep that anticipated, it was a great pizza.  It was too hot for human hands to touch, nonetheless we found a way to juggle it between fingers and thumb and eagerly taking bites too hot for the human mouth.  The amount of cheese was just right, never too much nor too stringy. The tomatoes were ripened as claimed and were sweet with little if any hint of tartness. The tomatoes did make for a runny pizza which at first was thought to sausage grease.  But the sausage wasn't greasy and fatty but lean as advertised.  It was unexpectedly lean yet somehow it was had a smooth non-dry texture.  The crust was buttery, crunchy, and not soggy despite the juicy tomatoes.

It was a total package that worked extremely well.  I can understand the popularity. It was a great pizza worth the 35 minute wait.  It wasn't the best pizza I've had but it would place in my personal Top Ten list.  Even the person in our party who doesn't like pizza liked Lou's and finished the last bite.

Restroom Rating: Didn't use.

Eat anything sold in the meat market without raising questions of conscience, for, “The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it.” - 1 Corinthians 10:25-26  NIV

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