Become a Pizza Snob
Chicago is synonymous with ooey, gooey deep-dish pizza—and that’s a bit of a problem for local ABC News food reporter Steve Dolinsky. “What you think of as Chicago-style pizza is not what people in Chicago actually eat,” Dolinsky says. In fact, deep-dish is one of 10 distinct styles of pizza on the Chicago food scene, several of which you’ll sample if you hop on the Pizza City USA tour. Guided by Dolinsky himself (at right, above), you’ll be shuttled to pizzerias across the city on a fascinating —not to mention gut-stretching—feeding frenzy. At Bonci in West Loop, you’ll tuck into Roman-style pizza (which closely resembles bruschetta), while at Lincoln Park’s Pizzeria Bebu, the menu is largely Artisan-style. Our pick for the best pie in the city? The true Chicago favourite—Tavern-style pizza, with its thin, cracker-like crust—at Pat’s Pizza (above). Family-owned since 1950, the impossibly charming old-school pizzeria is Chicago’s quintessential casual dining experience.