Everybody knows that Chicago is known for pizza. After living here for 16 months, I can tell you that great pizza is very easy to come by here. Kyle and I have our favorite pizza places already. However, one of the places we had failed to visit was Lou Malnati's.
My friends, co-workers, and even strangers have told me that Lou Malnati's is fabulous. Some even going so far as saying it is the best pizza ever. So, when my friends from out of town showed up, we decided to try it with them.
We started our meal off with the Toasted Mozzarella Sticks and Cheese Cubes. The cheese cubes were wonderful; however, the mozzarella sticks were the equivalent of what I could purchase at Costco for a lot cheaper price.
Regardless of the appetizers, when it comes to pizza in Chicago, it all comes down to whether the pizza is good or not. Service can suck (which ours did), prices can be expensive, or the place can be dingy, but if they have great pizza, we keep going back.
Unfortunately, Kyle and I tried the Chicago Style Malnati's Chicago Classic. Expecting to be blown away, we were ready to rip into our pizza and tear it up.
Sadly, we found the pizza to be rather bland. I had assumed that "lean sausage" meant a healthier sausage; however, the pizza had very little sausage on it. So little, that I had to check the menu to make sure the pizza was in fact suppose to have sausage on it.
Thinking maybe that we just had a bad pizza, we asked our guests what they thought of their separate and differently-styled pizza. While they did not complain, they did not talk about how great it was either. They simply said that it was "okay."
So, if you are looking for pizza, and you want it good, my recommendation is to avoid Lou Malnati's. There are so many places here to get great pizza, that Lou's will leave you feeling less than satisfied.