Chicago’s Best Pizza
The top 25 spots in town, ranked.
The world of Chicago pizza has undergone a seismic shift since 2015, when we last embarked on a quest to find the best pies in town. Now, alongside deep dish, tavern-style, and Neapolitan, there are a Roman-style boom, a thriving Detroit-style scene, and some nonpizzerias shaking up the rankings. Seven of the top 10 spots, including our No. 1 , are newcomers to the list.
Stella Barra Pizzeria
While the family-friendly, semi-upscale environs of this Lettuce Entertain You pizzeria may feel generic, the crust is anything but. It comes courtesy of chef-partner Jeff Mahin, a fine-dining veteran with science and math degrees who is exacting when it comes to dough. His is made with fresh-ground California wheat, filtered water, and sea salt and rises for more than a day before getting hand-stretched to order. It sports a puffed, crackly outer edge and is preternaturally thin. You’ll find fancy toppings aplenty, but the pizza with crisp Hobbs’ pepperoni atop oozy mozzarella shows that Mahin hasn’t forgotten his audience. 1954 N. Halsted St.