Lou Malnati's well-made pies have been the talk of the Chicagoland area among deep-dish aficionados for 35 years. The well-rounded Italian menu also includes pastas, salads, Lou's Italian Ice and the curiously named Chocolate Chip Pizza - an enormous cookie in a round pan smothered with ice cream. Clearly Ol' Lou had his work cut out for him when he started rolling dough as his father's apprentice; now the restaurant will ship fresh deep-dish pizza anywhere in the country. Though Mr. Malnati passed in 1978, his sons have continued the family tradition, creating the feeling of a "family-run" restaurant at every chain.
Lou Malnati's official website: http://www.loumalnatis.com
Carry Out Hours: 4-10 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday
Delivery Hours: 4:30-9:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 11:30 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 11:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Sunday