CHICAGO (WLS) -- 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:
-stuffed (aka, The Lesser of Several Evils But Must Be Included)
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!
Hungry Hound Steve Dolinsky's Pizza Quest