Chicago Bistro Project "Quick Bite"
Though owned by Pizzeria Uno (established 1943), our favorite place for Chicago-style deep dish pizza can be found at Pizzeria Due (established 1955), which operates in the chain's most charismatic location in what used to be a River North mansion similar to nearby Rosebud on Rush. Reservations are highly recommended, otherwise you'll likely have to wait up to an hour almost anytime, but it's well worth it either way. You'll be seated in one of Pizzeria Due's dark nooks or crannies, or possibly in the streetside sidewalk cafe or the smallish elevated beer garden (ideal in summer). Whatever the case, you're about to enjoy the best deep dish pizza of your life. Though it's hard to prove, some say that the crust of Pizzeria Due is more of the pastry variety (not sweet but flakier than the standard used by Pizzeria Uno) and you'll want to eat it slowly as legend has it that the pastry crust tends to expand somewhat once it hits your stomach. Each pie takes 45 minutes to prepare, but make sure you bring an appetite and plan for a long stroll through the scenic neighborhood afterwards to walk it off (after you've remembered to button your pants back up). Pizzeria Due may serve dishes other than pizza but we've never noticed and don't care. For more information, check out the Pizzeria Uno website.