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The Best Pizza in Chicago

National and international chains of pizzerias have cropped up around the concept of "Chicago Pizza" to varying degrees of success, but nothing beats authentic Chicago pizza made at authentic Chicago pizza restaurants. The best pizza in Chicago is determined, not just by the flavor of the pie, but by the consistency of the ingredients, the vibe of the location, and the executive chef's commitment to quality and excellence. The true "Chicago pizza" experience, then, is immersive in nature—reflective of its neighborhood, its city, and indeed, its chef. Whether someone is looking for a traditional deep-dish pie or wants to be adventurous, they're bound to find something to to fit the bill. But where are the smartest, savviest diners eating out? Welcome to our Tastemakers List. We’ve pulled data from thousands of restaurants to find the top spots among OpenTable’s most expert, seasoned diners. Impress your friends and family and score a table; we wish we could join you.

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10 Restaurants
Updated January 28, 2021
Restaurants:Nonnina, Via Carducci - Wicker Park, Stella Barra Pizzeria & Wine Bar - Chicago
Price Range:$$ - $$
Cuisines:Italian, Pizzeria
Neighborhoods:River North (Chicago), Bucktown / Wicker Park, Lincoln Park
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Nonnina

$$$$
Italian
River North (Chicago)
4.6
2251 reviews
Deriving its name from the affectionate name for "grandmother" in Italian, Nonnina—just like its name suggests—stays true to traditional Italian culture. Featuring slick, monochromatic decor and expert plating, Nonnina makes our list of the restaurants serving the best pizza in Chicago because of its commitment to authentic Italian flavors. Few things are more authentically Italian than the sausage and rapini (a type of bitter broccoli that's a "relative" of the collard green) pizza, which is made with fiori di latte (a fresh cheese), crumbled sausage, rapini, and topped with chili flakes.

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Via Carducci - Wicker Park

$$$$
Italian
Bucktown / Wicker Park
4.7
482 reviews
Via Carducci is a restaurant that pairs regional Southern Italian cuisine with the finest imported wines. For the pickier patrons who prefer to have something tried and true, Via Carducci also has an extensive pizza menu. The pizza Rustica is a delightful treat, and features figs, caramelized red onions, and gorgonzola cheese topped with extra virgin olive oil. For something much heartier, try the Roma, made with sausage, mushrooms, onions, mozzarella and provolone cheeses, extra virgin olive oil, and tomato sauce.

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Stella Barra Pizzeria & Wine Bar - Chicago

$$$$
Pizzeria
Lincoln Park
4.6
1008 reviews
An "artisanal" pizzeria with decor inspired by the Lincoln Park community it serves, Stella Barra Pizzeria makes our list of the best Chicago pizza restaurants for what seems like rather obvious reasons. Using sustainably farmed organic produce for all of its menu offerings, Stella Barra pizzeria offers "red" pizzas (made with tomato sauce), "white" pizzas (made with cheeses), and "thin sin" pizzas (made with a thin crust). Of all the pizzas on the menu, though, the vacche rosse pizza (made with vacche rosse parmesan, aged for five years and made from the milk of the so-called "red bull" of Italy, the Reggiana cow) is the one that customers come from all over to try.

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il Porcellino

$$$$
Italian
River North (Chicago)
4.7
3146 reviews
Taking its name from a popular comfort food in the Tuscany region of Italy, il Porcellino—located in the trendy River North district of Chicago—originally made its name in the region by offering some of the best Italian food in Chicago. But now, it's made our list of the restaurants offering the best pizza in Chicago for its diverse and eclectic pizza menu. Their Sicilian style pizzas are made with burrata (a creamy cheese with a mozzarella shell), or mushrooms and pancetta (a type of prosciutto), and their crusts are just luscious as their ingredients.

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The Florentine

$$$$
Italian
Downtown / Loop
4.5
1080 reviews
Boasting itself as the "local Italian kitchen" of the area, The Florentine is located in the downtown/Loop district of Chicago, making it well-known among the locals. Unafraid to try new things with fresh ingredients, The Florentine expresses its creativity on its pizza menu, where one can find a brussels sprouts pizza with apple, caramelized onions, pancetta, gorgonzola dolci, and saba.

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Quartino

$$$$
Italian
River North (Chicago)
4.7
9419 reviews
Rustic decor and rustic food are both on the menu at this River North district favorite, which is the creation of Hugo Ralli, Steve Lombardo (owners of Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse, Hugo’s Frog Bar & Fish House, LUXBAR) and Executive Chef/Partner John Coletta. Noted for its patio seating (which is on a first-come, first serve basis), Quartino also has a noted Neapolitan pizza menu, which features such local favorites as the Campania pizza, made with fonduta, homemade ricotta, oven-roasted cherry tomatoes, and hand-torn basil.

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Carmine's Chicago

$$$$
Italian
Gold Coast / Streeterville
4.6
5321 reviews
Few things are more authentically "old Chicago" than Carmine's Chicago, conveniently located in the Streeterville district of the city. This fantastic Chicago pizza restaurant is also part of The Rosebud Group of restaurants, and features live entertainment every weekend. For a good pizza, try their Rosebud Specialty Meatball Pizza, which is made of hand-rolled baby meatballs made fresh on the premises, homemade ricotta, and fresh basil.

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Bella Via Ristorante and Banquets

$$$$
Italian
Highland Park
4.4
867 reviews
Bella Via is the only restaurant on this list that is also a banquet hall, where it hosts special events like bar and bat mitzvahs. This, then, makes Bella Via a viable option for patrons with large parties, or patrons who want to have a special event at a pizza restaurant. The Bella Via pizza Napolitana is simple, yet authentic, in its delivery, and it's easy to see why it's one of the most popular offerings on the menu.

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Saranello's

$$$$
Italian
Wheeling
4.3
4590 reviews
Located in the Wheeling/North Suburbs district of Chicago, Saranello's offers a rustic, simple decor, which serves as an interesting backdrop for its extensive and authentic menu that offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner! Saranello's makes a Roman-style pizza, which is made with "artisan flour & an ever-so-slow fermentation process." There are gluten-free pizza options available, as well.

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Robert's Pizza and Dough Company

$$$$
Pizzeria
Gold Coast / Streeterville
4.8
900 reviews
Our perspective is coming soon. In the meantime, please enjoy the restaurant’s description: Robert's Pizza and Dough Company serves it's award winning thin-crust artisanal pizzas with fresh and unique ingredients.

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