The Best Pizza in Chicago

The OpenTable Team

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.

Restaurants:RPM Italian, Tarantino's, Nonnina
Price Range:$$ - $$$
Cuisines:Italian
Neighborhoods:Chicago, Lincoln Park, River North (Chicago)

RPM Italian

$$$$·Italian·
Chicago
11,495 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
Conveniently located in the River North district of Chicago, RPM Italian prides itself on its modern approach to traditional Italian dishes. And that “modern approach” extends to iRead more
94% recommended
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Tarantino's

$$$$·Italian·
Lincoln Park
521 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Birthdays
This tony restaurant located in the equally tony Lincoln Park district takes a rustic, laid-back approach to its decor. But, they take their menu very seriously, and serve some of Read more
95% recommended
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Nonnina

$$$$·Italian·
River North (Chicago)
1,633 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
  • Special Occasion
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, monochromRead more
94% recommended

Via Carducci - Wicker Park

$$$$·Italian·
Bucktown / Wicker Park
307 reviews
  • Comfort Food
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Romantic
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 CRead more
94% recommended
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Stella Barra Pizzeria & Wine Bar - Chicago

$$$$·Pizzeria·
Lincoln Park
1,008 reviews
  • Casual
  • Fun
  • Happy Hour
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 Read more
91% recommended
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il Porcellino

$$$$·Italian·
River North (Chicago)
2,307 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
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 regiRead more
93% recommended

The Florentine

$$$$·Italian·
Downtown / Loop
959 reviews
  • Great for Lunch
  • Business Meals
  • Good for a Date
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 tRead more
95% recommended
Great for Lunch in Chicago

Quartino

$$$$·Italian·
River North (Chicago)
9,509 reviews
  • Good for Groups
  • Good for a Date
  • Casual
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, HuRead more
93% recommended

Francesca's on Chestnut

$$$$·Italian·
Gold Coast / Streeterville
2,265 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
Francesca's on Chestnut, as its name indicates, is located on Chestnut Street in the tony Gold Coast district of Chicago. Featuring fancy decor and even fancier menu selections, anRead more
96% recommended

Disotto

$$$$·Italian·
Highwood
1,028 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
Disotto (“Underneath it All” in Italian) is located in the suburbs of Chicago (specifically, in the Highwood District). But it's worth the trek there for its commitment to fresh inRead more
97% recommended
Neighborhood Gem in North Suburbs

Mia Francesca

$$$$·Italian·
Lakeview / East Lakeview
2,459 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
Like Francesca's on Taylor and Francesca's on Chestnut, Mia Francesca is part of the Francesca's Restaurant Group. As the first restaurant in this group, it's been around for the lRead more
97% recommended
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Carmine's Chicago

$$$$·Italian·
Gold Coast / Streeterville
4,924 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
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 aRead more
91% recommended

Francesca's Bryn Mawr

$$$$·Italian·
Edgewater
1,514 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
Found in the ritzy Edgewater district of Chicago, this Francesca location features rustic decor and a rustic menu. Francesca's Bryn Mawr is so named because it's located in the oldRead more
97% recommended
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Bella Via Ristorante and Banquets

$$$$·Italian·
Highland Park
704 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
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 Read more
94% recommended
Outdoor Dining in Chicago / Illinois

Saranello's

$$$$·Italian·
Wheeling
4,046 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Groups
  • Good for Birthdays
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 tRead more
92% recommended
Great for Brunch in North Suburbs
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Robert's Pizza and Dough Company

$$$$·Pizzeria·
Gold Coast / Streeterville
292 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Scenic View
  • Neighborhood Gem
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 wRead more
96% recommended
Pizzeria in Chicago / Illinois

Davanti Enoteca - Taylor Street

$$$$·Italian·
Little Italy / University Village
1,220 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Casual
  • Creative Cuisine
The decor at Davanti Enoteca is an extension of the general trendiness found on Taylor Street. Just inside its doors, one can see exposed brick walls, repurposed wooden tables, andRead more
96% recommended
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Francesca's on Taylor - Permanently Closed

$$$$·Italian·
Little Italy / University Village
1,854 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Neighborhood Gem
This version of Francesca's is found in the University/Little Italy district of Chicago. Its decor is a lot more laid-back than its Chestnut Street counterpart, as is its menu. HowRead more
91% recommended
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