Happy 80th Birthday Deep Dish Pizza!

80 Years of Deep Dish (Facts and Myths!)

We’ll see how the Mob, intense discipline, and tens of thousands of pounds of cheese and sauce nestled into a thick buttery crust came together to create this iconic pizza pie… stick around for where to go and who to avoid!

Fact: Chicago is the Birthplace of Deep Dish Pizza

In 1943, Pizzeria Uno, a restaurant in the River North neighborhood, premiered the Deep Dish Pizza as we know it today! Ike Sewell and Ric Riccardo dedicated their lives to the craft of pizza-making that better serves a hearty midwestern appetite. With thicker dough and larger ingredients, it quickly became an indulgent hit.

Myth: Deep Dish Pizza was Invented by the Mafia

One persistent but false story about Deep Dish is that it was invented as a front for the Mafia after the end of Prohibition. While the Mob still had its fingers in various pies, Deep Dish is not known to have been one of them. Its origins come from the legitimate and delicious efforts of Pizzeria Uno, and the innovations made by Rudy Malnati, Alice Mae Redmond, and a few other culinary innovators.

If you’re interested in exploring Chicago’s criminal past, there’s no better way of connecting than the Chicago Murder Mystery Tour. This tour will immerse you in the city’s rich and mysterious history, as you play the role of detective along the way!

Fact: Deep Dish Requires Discipline

We’re talking about melting a brick of over a pound of cheese. Deep Dish can take 45 minutes to an hour to prepare into a golden gift that cradles molten cheese and savory toppings to perfection. This is a perfect excuse to try the appetizers, or order in advance for pick-up!

Myth: All Deep Dish Places Are the Same

Not all Deep Dish are created equal. If you get it at Navy Pier, it will not be the same as a local spot targeted for real Chicagoans. Not that places like Giordano’s and Lou Malnati’s aren’t still great, but going out to Pequod’s, The Art of Pizza, and Exchequer’s can elevate your experience ten-fold.

Myth: Deep Dish is Unhealthy

I’m not saying it should be a daily-staple of your diet, but it doesn’t have to be unhealthy. Your choice of toppings and portion size can play significant roles in determining the impact of your meal! 

Deep Dish Pizza has been a Chicago classic for 80 years, and it’s not slowing down. It’s an icon of the city, and its a testament to the uniquely mixed Italian-American tradition found only here. Bite into the facts and history with a slice, and then head over to the Chicago Murder Mystery Tour!

Andre Baronov

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