4.5
137 votes

Lou Malnati's Chicago Pizzeria

805 S State Street, Chicago, Illinois 60605 USA

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Open Now
Fri 11a-12a
  • Independent
  • Credit Cards
    Accepted
  • Wheelchair
    Accessible
  • Public
    Restrooms
  • Outdoor
    Seating

“The oldest family name in Chicago-style pizza”

Considered the oldest family name in Chicago pizza, Lou Malnati's is as rich in history as its pizza is in flavor. Lou got his start in the 1940's working in Chicago's first deep dish pizzeria. Lou Malnati took his pizza expertise to Lincolnwood, a northern suburb of Chicago, where he and his wife Jean opened the first Lou Malnati's Pizzeria on March 17, 1971. Lou was known for his fun-loving character as well as making Chicagoland's best pizza. Loyal patrons lined the streets on opening day for a taste of his delicious deep-dish creations. Lou always thought it was funny that an Italian should open a pizzeria in a Jewish neighborhood on an Irish holiday. But that was Lou's style, he loved all types of people and didn't care much about what people thought.  After meeting with an enormous success in Lincolnwood, Lou decided to open another pizzeria in a little northwestern suburb by O'Hare Airport, Elk Grove Village. Unfortunately, the Elk Grove location had a tough beginning. A major road construction project began a few months after the restaurant's opening and for 14 months business suffered immensely. At one point the accountants advised Lou to close the doors before it ruined him. But Lou would have nothing to do with that idea and persevered. Sure enough, once the construction ended, people came in droves to Lou Malnati's Pizzeria in Elk Grove. In 1978 Lou Malnati met with an untimely death when he fell victim to cancer. Lou's oldest son Marc was just graduating from college and joined his mother in the family business. A few years later Marc's younger brother Rick finished his basketball career at downstate Illinois' Bradley University and he joined the family business as well. The family owned and operated company, now with 36 locations, has continued to grow thanks to its dedicated staff and loyal customers. About 25 percent of Lou Malnati’s full-time staff have given 10 or more years of service. Malnati’s success comes from their commitment to quality. Every Lou Malnati’s pizza is handmade from scratch using the finest and freshest ingredients. Every year the Malnati team hand selects California vine-ripened tomatoes for the perfect sweet and tangy taste. The exclusive sausage blend is seasoned to their exact specifications. The fresh mozzarella cheese comes from the same small dairy that has supplied Lou Malnati’s for over 40 years. And the family’s secret recipe for flaky, buttery crust has been passed down from generation to generation. You’ll know with every bite that each pizza was made with care and special attention. We hope that you have enjoyed this bite of Malnati history and look forward to serving you and your family soon!

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Reviewed by
Joel Schat

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  • 238 Reviews
  • 409 Helpful
August 08, 2014
Rated 5.0

I had never had deep dish pizza before.. WOW was I ever impressed! This place was really really good! A must have while in chicago is deep dish and this place was the best I had during my two weeks!

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Reviewed by
Stephen Rees

  • Road Warrior
  • 273 Reviews
  • 240 Helpful
September 03, 2014
Rated 4.0

Lou Malnati's is fine, but if you want truly delicious deep dish go to Giordano's, and if you want landmark Chicago style go to Gino's East. Lou Malnati's can't hold its own against either, in my opinion.

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
btao18

  • 15 Reviews
  • 1 Helpful
July 27, 2015
Rated 5.0

Good pizza. Liked crust better than Geno's but may like Geno's the best.

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Tasting Table

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  • 1,318 Reviews
  • 277 Helpful
November 19, 2014
Rated 4.0

One of Chicago's most quintessential deep-dish slingers, Lou's is a time-tested favorite among many pizza purists. The Malnati Chicago Classic ($14.75 to 23.95) comes with crumbly sausage, extra cheese and tangy tomato sauce on a flaky, buttery crust that's a legend in its own right.

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Lou Malnati's Chicago Pizzeria

805 S State Street
Chicago, Illinois
60605 USA

Hours

Open now until 12:00 am
  • Mon - Thu: 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
  • Fri, Sat: 11:00 am - 12:00 am
  • Sun: 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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  • Independent
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Public Restrooms
  • Outdoor Seating
  • Wifi
  • Street Parking
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