Hungry Hound Steve Dolinsky's Pizza Quest

Classic Neapolitan from Spacca Napoli in Ravenswood (Steve Dolinsky)

Have you ever gotten into an argument with your friends about who has the best pizza in the Chicago area?

Well, our Hungry Hound Steve Dolinsky is aiming to put that debate to rest with a methodical survey of local pizzerias - in his epic PIZZA QUEST.
Read the Hound's methodology

WHY? "The roots of the experiment were not unlike my legendary Italian Beef Quest from earlier this spring... In Chicagoland (city and suburbs) there are multiple styles of pizza - tavern, thin, deep, etc. - not to mention the more recent wave of Neapolitan-style pizzaiolos, all trying to out-do each other with their igloo-shaped brick ovens and bufala mozz. I knew this list was going to be a little longer than 31, but I had no idea I'd be sampling pizzas #75 and #76 into October."

The Hound ranked pizzas in the following categories:
-tavern
-artisan
-thin
-Neapolitan
-stuffed (aka, The Lesser of Several Evils But Must Be Included)
-deep dish

READ THE FULL LIST OF THIN-CRUST PIZZAS STEVE EVALUATED
READ THE FULL LIST OF DEEP DISH AND STUFFED PIZZAS

Check out all the Hungry Hound's Top 5 lists below!

Top 5 Chicago Deep Dish Pizzas (Suburbs)
WATCH: Top picks for deep dish pizza in the suburbs
Top 5 Chicago Deep Dish Pizzas (City)
WATCH: Top picks for deep dish pizza in Chicago


Top 5 Chicago Stuffed Pizzas


Top 5 Neapolitan Pizzas


Hungry Hound report: Top picks for artisan thin, tavern and thin-crust pizza in the suburbs
Hungry Hound report: Top picks for Neapolitan, tavern and thin-crust pizza in Chicago
Top 5 Chicago Thin Pizzas (City)



Artisan Thin: unique, artisan-made toppings, long ferment time for dough that contains higher percentage of water; usually a puffy, blistered edge, or cornicione
Top 5 Chicagoland Artisan Thin Pizzas



Tavern-style: thin, crispy, almost cracker-like crust; square-cut

Top 5 Chicagoland Tavern-Style Pizzas

The Hound discusses some highlights from his Quest on Windy City LIVE!
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