Note: this post is a request from someone I know
Having lived in both Chicago and New York and having being your typical omnivore during my stints in both cities, I have eaten a lot pizza over the last seven years. My favorite places in Chicago included Gino’s East and Lou Malnati’s, both in downtown. In New York, I have mostly stuck to Dani’s House of Pizza in Kew Gardens.
Deep dish pizza is exhausting, but in a good way (more tiring than tiresome). It is filling and if ordered in medium large for a party of two or less, is guaranteed to provide at least a few more meals.
In this way, it’s a microcosm of Chicago itself – a whole lot stuffed into one compact, coherent area, a culinary Loop. Moreover, like Chicago, it’s tremendous bang for your buck, considering the leftovers angle.
Usually I eat pizza slices in New York by rolling them up. I can eat four or five easily if I’m hungry. The sauce at Dani’s is sweet, with that same addictive power of sugar that makes you want to keep eating good cookies.
Like New York though, it is expensive and short-term. A box goes by in no time and then it’s off to the next thing. Pizza as a social indicator? My title is a joke but maybe there’s more to it.