The title of this post is no joke, my friends! I recently heard from a friend of mine that there was a pizza place in Chicago, Chicago’s Pizza, now offering gluten-free deep dish pizza, as well as thin crust and stuffed pizza. They also offer baked calzoni that is gluten-free as well! Since being diagnosed with Gluten Intolerance back in 2010, I have missed deep dish probably more than anything. Lots of restaurants now offer gluten-free thin crust pizza but until now, I had not discovered anyone that has perfected deep dish like I remember and loved so very much.
On a recent visit with my mom, I discovered that Chicago’s Pizza had a location not too far from her. We decided to go check it out. My son wanted gluten-free thin crust as he has not found one he has been super fond of since being diagnosed back in August of 2011. We were all excited and anxiously awaited our pizzas. While we were waiting, they brought us some gluten-free foccaccia bread and olive oil to dip it in. I find it was easier to dip the “glutenous” foccaccia in the olive oil in the past, this was more like a flatbread, but still good to have something while we were waiting, nonetheless and was quite tasty.
Our pizzas came out and we all loved them! My deep dish was the “Chicago Special”, with green pepper, onion, mushrooms and sausage. The sauce is very tasty as was the crust, which was their own special recipe and tasted SO much like I remember deep dish tasting like. I think I actually prefer to have it gluten-free now, it doesn’t seem to form a big lump in my tummy like it did before.
My son ordered the gluten-free thin crust in just cheese. He couldn’t believe how awesome it was and keeps telling everyone “you would never know it was gluten-free!” As you can see as witnessed in this photo, I couldn’t shoot it fast enough as my son dove into it as fast as he could.
I am also in pure amazement that this awesome pizza exists. Well worth the hour plus drive to pick some up on occasion. Whenever I drive into the city now, my son reminds me not to come home unless I pick up some of their pizza for him. So far, I have only been making the drive for his favorite cupcakes from Swirlz Cupcakes….ahhh Swirlz…., their cupcakes are so good that they deserve their own post!
I posted pics of my deep dish pizza on Facebook and as you can imagine, got an overwhelming response. Since a lot of us who are gluten-free have a lot of food sensitivities, some were wondering what ingredients that Chicago’s Pizza uses in their crusts, corn being the biggest one questioned. I reached out to them and Chef Bryan Garcia, nicely responded as follows:
Our GF focaccia bread is made with tapioca, potato, sorghum and rice flours, and is also yeast-raised. We finish it with olive oil and italian herbs.”
They also offer this disclaimer on their website:
Disclaimer: Although our gluten-free dough and menu items are made, prepared and cooked on dedicated equipment and surfaces, we cannot guarantee that our pizza and other menu items are 100% free of gluten as there is always a possibility of trace amounts crossing over from other kitchen areas. Please consider this when ordering from our menu.
So, if you are in Chicago or traveling to Chicago, you MUST try Chicago’s Pizza! They have 3 locations, all in Chicago – Old Irving area – 4520 W. Irving Park Rd. Ravenswood area – 1919 W. Montrose Lakeview/Lincoln Park – 3114 N. Lincoln You can also order ahead online at www.chicagos-pizza.com
If you live out of state, guess what? They SHIP!! Click here for more information. Since I happen to live about an hour away from their closest location, this was Bryan’s other suggestion if I wanted to pick up a couple pizzas to have handy:
“Also, keep in mind that for people like yourself that live just outside of our delivery area, but too close to justify UPS shipping with our Slice of Chicago service, we can prepare any pizza to your liking, par-bake it and freeze it for you to pick up at no extra cost. This way you can take a few pizzas home and bake them as you need them; just give us a call 24 hours before your planned pick up time.”
We just went back there again to celebrate my son’s birthday, special shout out to Caroline at the Montrose Ave. location who provided excellent service! What’s awesome is if you have others in your group that don’t want pizza (I know, hard to believe, right?!) they have lots of other gluten-free options on their menu. Appetizers such as grilled calamari, baked calzoni, salads, paninis, sandwiches (hot and cold), pastas, and gluten-free desserts such as their new Nutella Chocolate Layer Torte (not dairy-free). Even better when you wash it down with a great gluten-free beer too! A great find indeed!
Stay tuned for my upcoming post on an awesome gluten-free/dairy-free frozen pizza discovery…..another great find!