While the exact person who invented Chicago’s deep dish pizza is still unknown, the one thing that is known is that the first of it’s kind came out of a mansion at 29 E. Ohio street, the current home of Pizzeria Uno. Of the 5 biggest pizza players in Chicago – Pizzeria Uno, Lou Malnati’s, Pizano’s, Gino’s East and Giordano’s, Girodano’s is the only one without some kind of a tie to the Malnati family. To help better illustrate, below is a family tree for the Malnati family and a pizza tree (that’s a thing, right?) for Chicago’s deep dish pizza.
Giordano’s has always been my favorite pizza in Chicago, mainly due to the crust. Pizzeria Uno, Lou Malnati’s and Pizano’s all have a buttery crust, which I personally find to be too rich once all that cheese is added. After researching the history of the Chicago deep dish, it now makes sense why those three pizza joints have a similar taste.
If you would like an even more in-depth look at the history of Chicago’s deep dish pizza, you can check out this tribune article – Bid to find deep-dish pizza creator delivers dueling claims or this interview with Marc Malnati.