Hungry Hound Steve Dolinsky's Pizza Quest

Sunday, November 8, 2015
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Classic Neapolitan from Spacca Napoli in Ravenswood
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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:

-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

5. Beggars Pizza, 10204 Central Ave., Oak Lawn; 708-499-0505
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Top 5 Chicago Deep Dish Pizzas (City)

WATCH: Top picks for deep dish pizza in Chicago

5. Lou Malnati's, Multiple locations in Chicago
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Top 5 Chicago Stuffed Pizzas

5. Milano's Pizza & Specialties, 10945 S Western Ave.; 773-445-4010
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Top 5 Neapolitan Pizzas

5. Panino's Pizzaiolo. 3702 N. Broadway, Chicago, 773-472-6200
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Hungry Hound report: Top picks for artisan thin, tavern and thin-crust pizza in the suburbs

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Hungry Hound report: Top picks for Neapolitan, tavern and thin-crust pizza in Chicago

Best tavern-style thin: Vito & Nick's, 8433 S. Pulaski Rd.; 773-735-2050
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Top 5 Chicago Thin Pizzas (City)

5. Caponie's Trattoria, 7419 W. Irving Park Rd.; 773-804-9024
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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

Honorable Mention: Pizzeria DeVille, 404 N. Milwaukee Ave., Libertyville; 847-367-4992
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Tavern-style: thin, crispy, almost cracker-like crust; square-cut


Top 5 Chicagoland Tavern-Style Pizzas

5. Barnaby's, 960 Skokie Blvd., Northbrook; 847-498-3900
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The Hound discusses some highlights from his Quest on Windy City LIVE!