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1 May 2018

The Ultimate Pizza Tour in Chicago


There were two big reasons why I wanted to visit Chicago on my recent trip to North America:
1. To experience St. Patrick's Day in Chicago and see the famous green river (it was truly spectacular).
2. To eat aaall the pizza.

Pizza has to be one of my all-time favourite foods (which is saying a lot) and I was incredibly excited to try all the different kinds in Chicago, including the famous deep-dish pizza.

Typically, I researched to see if there were any good tours that would take me around to all of the best pizza spots and lo and behold - there was!
Chicago Pizza Tours were exactly what I was looking for and they had excellent reviews. It was a match made in heaven.

Read on to find out what delicious pizzas we tried all over Chicago and why you should 100% do this tour too if you're visiting the third largest city in America.


Original Chicago Pizza Tour

I chose their original pizza tour (they also do one paired with cocktails) which is a daytime bus guided tour around to some of the most significant pizzerias in Chicago.
There were five different styles of pizza to try in four neighbourhoods; naturally, I didn't have breakfast.

Stop #1

Our meeting point and first tasting of the day was downtown at Pizano's Pizza & Pasta. It is claimed to be the best pizza in Chicago and even the likes of Oprah Winfrey and Bill Clinton say it's their favourite.


We had several tables for us reserved downstairs and the restaurant had a very nice and cosy atmosphere. We had a full group of about twenty people - clearly a popular tour.

Our guide for the day Danny introduced himself and began with some tour information. 
He said every place we were going to was chosen because of how different each style of pizza is from each other - so we get to try a really good range.
He also told us we would eat about 2.5 pounds of pizza per person on this tour (he wasn't kidding!).

While our pizza was being made fresh for us, we learned some important facts like how thin crust is actually the most popular pizza in Chicago - three times more so than deep-dish. 

Our first tastings arrived and we were presented with two smaller slices of thin crust and one larger deep-dish.


The thin crusts were one mushroom, one pepperoni and they were both outstanding and full of flavour.
The deep-dish was sausage and the toppings and mozzarella cheese were absolutely delicious, but I definitely preferred the thin crusts. I'm not a crust fan personally, and I found the deep-dish to be a bit too thick and crunchy.

Great start to the tour though and we went back upstairs where outside our own personal minibus and driver Jonathan was waiting.


We all fitted comfortably onboard and were off to our next destination.


Stop #2

We drove south to Flo & Santos, a Polish-Italian restaurant, pub and pizzeria. As we found out, Chicago is the biggest Polish-speaking city in the world outside of Warsaw.


There was a really cool casual and industrial style setting inside and we sat at long tables. With some great local beers on tap, we had the option of ordering a beverage if we pleased. (Every stop also always came with plenty of water).

While our pizzas were being prepared we learned the history of how pizza came to be so popular in the United States (they eat 60% of the world's pizza!).

Here we got to try three types of thin crust. The first was Polish sausage which was my favourite, it was so tasty!


The second one was Italian beef, which was also very good. The flavours of both were incredible and (spoiler alert) they ended up being my top picks of the day.


Third, we were very spoiled and got to try their special dessert Smores pizza. It was very indulgent and nice to mix things up and have something sweet.


I really enjoyed the atmospher of Flo & Santo's and I would definitely be a regular if I lived in Chicago. Pizza and pierogis? Yes please.


Stop #3

Next up we had a 25-minute drive north to Lincoln Park which was perfect to digest a little.
We drove by the scenic Lake Michigan and Danny pointed out some popular spots and destinations to visit along the way.

We arrived at Pequod's Pizza, a very popular joint that was full of people. Luckily we always had a reserved table for us!


Here we were trying the biggest slice of the day and one that they are famous for - their deep-dish sausage and pepperoni. They were even named 2018's Best deep dish pizza in Chicago.

We were told the crust handle looks burnt but it's not, and it's the best part of the pizza - so we had to try it! The slice was absolutely enormous.


I really liked the sauce, it was fresh and tangy and it was true - the crispy crust was the best part. I tried to tackle it as best I could, but I couldn't even eat half of it!



Stop #4

Our final stop west was at Coalfire, where they specialised in traditional thin crust, coal-forged pizza. 


Their interior was trendy and modern, with an open kitchen to view into.
We had a choice of choosing either their White or Lasagna pizza, I chose the latter. I still photographed both as boy, they were beautiful.


I particularly liked how thin the crust was - it was so nice and light. The topping flavours combined on the Lasagna pizza was perfection and I loved the creamy whipped ricotta on top.


I was officially full to the brim with pizza after that one! After a quick drive back we were dropped off downtown where our first stop was.
Everyone was very happy and satisfied after an excellent afternoon of eating some of the very best pizza Chicago has to offer.


The Details

The tour: Original Chicago Pizza Tour

Time: Starts at 11 am and goes for 3.5 hours

Price: $60 USD for an adult, $36 for a child

Reviews: 5/5 stars out of 285 reviews on Trip Advisor




Final Thoughts

If you are a pizza fan then this tour is unmissable. It was a truly fantastic way to discover the best pizza spots in town.
What separates Chicago Pizza Tours from the rest is that they don't just stay downtown - we got to explore the best from different unique neighbourhoods all over the city.
I loved the variety of places we went to at authentic local businesses with stark differences between each pizza styles.

What made the tour all the more special was our wonderful guide Danny, he was such a fantastic and friendly guide and I learnt so much from him that day.
He is a local Chicagoan and has a wealth of knowledge to share. He has been doing this tour for five years and is very passionate about his pizza!
He also gave us plenty of recommendations for other great pizza joints and popular Chicagoan food to try and top things to do.

This tour is perfect for all types of travellers, whether with family, friends or solo (like me) or it would even be a great way for locals to show off their city's best pizza to visitors.
They can cater for allergies and vegetarians, you just have to let them know in advance.
It's excellent value for money; with very generous servings of delicious pizza - you don't even need to eat anything else that day (and I recommend wearing your stretchy pants!).

As a first time visitor to the city I really appreciated getting out from the centre and seeing more of Chicago.
It was a very enjoyable experience and I couldn't recommend this tour enough to all the great pizza lovers of the world out there - it will blow your mind!

Pin it! :)

Happy Travels,
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16 comments

Valdas Travel Video said...

Wow, I would like and I'll make such a PIZZA tour. To taste different types of pizza, I like pizza.

Stephanie said...

Oh my gosh, a pizza tour sounds amazing!!! Pizza is one of my favorite foods as well and what I craved during pregnancy. I've always wanted to try true Chicago pizza because I like deep dish.

Ashley LaMar said...

I had no idea a pizza tour was even a thing, haha. We are going to Chicago this fall and that sounds like such a fun experience!

Shelley Langelaar said...

Now that is a tour that I would enjoy. Yummy

Anonymous said...

What an awesome trip! This amazing city is on my bucket list !! All that pizza looks absolutely delicious and I can’t wait to try them!!! Daisy

Quốc Hưng Trần said...

That is a great suggestion for me! Hopefully I can have a chance to taste the fantastic cuisine from all this chicago pizza restaurants!!!

Sneha Lodha said...

Chicago is definitely in my travel list. I have heard a lot about the special pizza of Chicago. Will surely try different pizzas.

David Elliott - The Single Dad's Guide to Life said...

Chicago style pizza is definitely my favorite pizza when it comes to pizza. And this tour would be absolutely amazing. If I ever were to do a pizza tour it would be there.

Sarah and Fam said...

Is this just a tour or do you deliver? Sone of these look to good to pass up!

Kim Kruse said...

One food I can't live without is pizza.. so I love this pizza tour! All of these look SO yummy!!

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1 May 2018

The Ultimate Pizza Tour in Chicago


There were two big reasons why I wanted to visit Chicago on my recent trip to North America:
1. To experience St. Patrick's Day in Chicago and see the famous green river (it was truly spectacular).
2. To eat aaall the pizza.

Pizza has to be one of my all-time favourite foods (which is saying a lot) and I was incredibly excited to try all the different kinds in Chicago, including the famous deep-dish pizza.

Typically, I researched to see if there were any good tours that would take me around to all of the best pizza spots and lo and behold - there was!
Chicago Pizza Tours were exactly what I was looking for and they had excellent reviews. It was a match made in heaven.

Read on to find out what delicious pizzas we tried all over Chicago and why you should 100% do this tour too if you're visiting the third largest city in America.


Original Chicago Pizza Tour

I chose their original pizza tour (they also do one paired with cocktails) which is a daytime bus guided tour around to some of the most significant pizzerias in Chicago.
There were five different styles of pizza to try in four neighbourhoods; naturally, I didn't have breakfast.

Stop #1

Our meeting point and first tasting of the day was downtown at Pizano's Pizza & Pasta. It is claimed to be the best pizza in Chicago and even the likes of Oprah Winfrey and Bill Clinton say it's their favourite.


We had several tables for us reserved downstairs and the restaurant had a very nice and cosy atmosphere. We had a full group of about twenty people - clearly a popular tour.

Our guide for the day Danny introduced himself and began with some tour information. 
He said every place we were going to was chosen because of how different each style of pizza is from each other - so we get to try a really good range.
He also told us we would eat about 2.5 pounds of pizza per person on this tour (he wasn't kidding!).

While our pizza was being made fresh for us, we learned some important facts like how thin crust is actually the most popular pizza in Chicago - three times more so than deep-dish. 

Our first tastings arrived and we were presented with two smaller slices of thin crust and one larger deep-dish.


The thin crusts were one mushroom, one pepperoni and they were both outstanding and full of flavour.
The deep-dish was sausage and the toppings and mozzarella cheese were absolutely delicious, but I definitely preferred the thin crusts. I'm not a crust fan personally, and I found the deep-dish to be a bit too thick and crunchy.

Great start to the tour though and we went back upstairs where outside our own personal minibus and driver Jonathan was waiting.


We all fitted comfortably onboard and were off to our next destination.


Stop #2

We drove south to Flo & Santos, a Polish-Italian restaurant, pub and pizzeria. As we found out, Chicago is the biggest Polish-speaking city in the world outside of Warsaw.


There was a really cool casual and industrial style setting inside and we sat at long tables. With some great local beers on tap, we had the option of ordering a beverage if we pleased. (Every stop also always came with plenty of water).

While our pizzas were being prepared we learned the history of how pizza came to be so popular in the United States (they eat 60% of the world's pizza!).

Here we got to try three types of thin crust. The first was Polish sausage which was my favourite, it was so tasty!


The second one was Italian beef, which was also very good. The flavours of both were incredible and (spoiler alert) they ended up being my top picks of the day.


Third, we were very spoiled and got to try their special dessert Smores pizza. It was very indulgent and nice to mix things up and have something sweet.


I really enjoyed the atmospher of Flo & Santo's and I would definitely be a regular if I lived in Chicago. Pizza and pierogis? Yes please.


Stop #3

Next up we had a 25-minute drive north to Lincoln Park which was perfect to digest a little.
We drove by the scenic Lake Michigan and Danny pointed out some popular spots and destinations to visit along the way.

We arrived at Pequod's Pizza, a very popular joint that was full of people. Luckily we always had a reserved table for us!


Here we were trying the biggest slice of the day and one that they are famous for - their deep-dish sausage and pepperoni. They were even named 2018's Best deep dish pizza in Chicago.

We were told the crust handle looks burnt but it's not, and it's the best part of the pizza - so we had to try it! The slice was absolutely enormous.


I really liked the sauce, it was fresh and tangy and it was true - the crispy crust was the best part. I tried to tackle it as best I could, but I couldn't even eat half of it!



Stop #4

Our final stop west was at Coalfire, where they specialised in traditional thin crust, coal-forged pizza. 


Their interior was trendy and modern, with an open kitchen to view into.
We had a choice of choosing either their White or Lasagna pizza, I chose the latter. I still photographed both as boy, they were beautiful.


I particularly liked how thin the crust was - it was so nice and light. The topping flavours combined on the Lasagna pizza was perfection and I loved the creamy whipped ricotta on top.


I was officially full to the brim with pizza after that one! After a quick drive back we were dropped off downtown where our first stop was.
Everyone was very happy and satisfied after an excellent afternoon of eating some of the very best pizza Chicago has to offer.


The Details

The tour: Original Chicago Pizza Tour

Time: Starts at 11 am and goes for 3.5 hours

Price: $60 USD for an adult, $36 for a child

Reviews: 5/5 stars out of 285 reviews on Trip Advisor




Final Thoughts

If you are a pizza fan then this tour is unmissable. It was a truly fantastic way to discover the best pizza spots in town.
What separates Chicago Pizza Tours from the rest is that they don't just stay downtown - we got to explore the best from different unique neighbourhoods all over the city.
I loved the variety of places we went to at authentic local businesses with stark differences between each pizza styles.

What made the tour all the more special was our wonderful guide Danny, he was such a fantastic and friendly guide and I learnt so much from him that day.
He is a local Chicagoan and has a wealth of knowledge to share. He has been doing this tour for five years and is very passionate about his pizza!
He also gave us plenty of recommendations for other great pizza joints and popular Chicagoan food to try and top things to do.

This tour is perfect for all types of travellers, whether with family, friends or solo (like me) or it would even be a great way for locals to show off their city's best pizza to visitors.
They can cater for allergies and vegetarians, you just have to let them know in advance.
It's excellent value for money; with very generous servings of delicious pizza - you don't even need to eat anything else that day (and I recommend wearing your stretchy pants!).

As a first time visitor to the city I really appreciated getting out from the centre and seeing more of Chicago.
It was a very enjoyable experience and I couldn't recommend this tour enough to all the great pizza lovers of the world out there - it will blow your mind!

Pin it! :)

Happy Travels,

16 comments:

Valdas Travel Video said...

Wow, I would like and I'll make such a PIZZA tour. To taste different types of pizza, I like pizza.

Stephanie said...

Oh my gosh, a pizza tour sounds amazing!!! Pizza is one of my favorite foods as well and what I craved during pregnancy. I've always wanted to try true Chicago pizza because I like deep dish.

Ashley LaMar said...

I had no idea a pizza tour was even a thing, haha. We are going to Chicago this fall and that sounds like such a fun experience!

Shelley Langelaar said...

Now that is a tour that I would enjoy. Yummy

Anonymous said...

What an awesome trip! This amazing city is on my bucket list !! All that pizza looks absolutely delicious and I can’t wait to try them!!! Daisy

Quốc Hưng Trần said...

That is a great suggestion for me! Hopefully I can have a chance to taste the fantastic cuisine from all this chicago pizza restaurants!!!

Sneha Lodha said...

Chicago is definitely in my travel list. I have heard a lot about the special pizza of Chicago. Will surely try different pizzas.

David Elliott - The Single Dad's Guide to Life said...

Chicago style pizza is definitely my favorite pizza when it comes to pizza. And this tour would be absolutely amazing. If I ever were to do a pizza tour it would be there.

Sarah and Fam said...

Is this just a tour or do you deliver? Sone of these look to good to pass up!

Kim Kruse said...

One food I can't live without is pizza.. so I love this pizza tour! All of these look SO yummy!!

Oanh Trần said...

It's very nice of you to share your knowledge through posts. I love to read stories about your experiences. They're very useful and interesting. I am excited to read the next posts. I'm so grateful for all that you've done. Keep plugging. Many viewers like me fancy your writing. Thank you for sharing precious information with us.
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