Thick Crust or Thin?
You can take a girl out of Chicago but you can’t take Chicago out of her especially when it comes to deep dish pizza.
The aircraft slowed its speed over Lake Michigan and gently landed at O’Hare in Chicago just as the sun began to go down. I turned to the friendly passenger on my left as we peered out the plane’s little window together and I thanked her for the pleasant conversation we enjoyed over the 3.5 hour flight from Phoenx. In turn, she asked where I thought I might dine out during my week’s stay in Chicago. I asked her for suggestions.
“Do not leave Chicago and fly back to Phoenix without Lou Malnoti’s deep dish Chicago pizza!”
I had never heard of this place.
My younger brother picked me up at the airport. It was dinner time and I felt hungry. He suggested we go back to his house in the Chicago suburbs and order pizza with the family. When he asked me if I like deep dish or thin crust, I told him that I drool for deep dish! I almost fell off my chair when the pizza arrived and I noticed the colorful cardboard box advertising “Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria.”
I learned that Rudy Malnati developed a recipe for deep dish pizza and the family enjoyed it over the years. His son, Lou, decided to open up a pizzeria in Chicago. It became a franchise with stores reaching out into the suburbs.
Imagine a homemade pie with crunchy, butter crust. Top that with extra rich tomato sauce with chunks of tomatoes and garlic. On top of the sauce lay Mozzerella Cheese. Layer it with wall-to-wall Italian sausage not the fatty kind the grocery chains sell, but tasty, lean sausage in every bite. Top it off with more sauce.
It's the best pizza I've ever eaten! It is so rich I can only handle one slice!
They make thin crust too; we enjoyed it as well when we celebrated my nephew's birthday.
Drum roll…Here’s the Good NewsLou Malnati’s opened a franchise in Phoenix, Arizona!
When I told my husband about this Chicago pizza story, he was up for the idea of going out to lunch with me at Lou Malnati's on the way home from his VA appointment in Phoenix this week. We ordered the deep dish style. Now he loves it too!
On a Serious note…Friends, my sister passed away and I am relieved that she no longer suffers. Please know how much I appreciate your loving comments, your emails, and your prayers for us. Our family thanks you!
My sister had a lot of pizzazz! I really thought she would go out the same day in May that she was born but with her work here completed, she eased into eternity just a few days before her birthday.
She always liked my homemade cards. I share my words in cyberspace and hope they reach her in Heaven.
You were the one with the tiny frame and big personality.
You could talk to anyone about anything.
You were the one
Who taught me how to dance to all the fast songs in our parent’s living room
and how to harmonize when we sang Christmas carols.
You were the one that got the small feet and red hair
…And I always loved you.
Can you hear me in Heaven as I whisper “Happy Birthday?”
We know that God, who raised the Lord Jesus, will also raise us with Jesus and present us to Himself together with you. 2 Corinthians 4:14