Chicago Style Deep Dish

Chicago Style Deep Dish

Chicago-style deep-dish pizza, also known as Chicago-style pizza, is a pizza that originated in the windy city of Chicago and is characterized by its deep crust and its toppings placed on top of the crust, rather than under it. The origins of this style of pizza can be traced back to the 1940s, when Pizzeria Uno in Chicago began to serve a pizza with a thick crust, filled with layers of cheese, meat, and vegetables.

Common ingredients used in Chicago-style deep-dish pizza include a thick crust, tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese, and various meats and vegetables. Some popular toppings include pepperoni, sausage, mushrooms, and onions. The pizza is cooked in a deep round pan, which gives it its characteristic deep crust and allows for the toppings to be placed on top of the crust.

Try this recipe for a satisfying Chicago Style Deep Dish pizza:


Course Pizza Dough and Recipes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Servings 8
Author N. J. Sorensen, RDN


  • 1 large onion — coarsely chopped
  • ½ pound ground sirloin
  • ½ pound ground pork
  • 1 teaspoon whole fennel seed
  • 3 each plum tomato
  • 1 recipe Cornmeal Pizza Dough
  • 1 pound mozzarella cheese
  • ¾ cup Romano cheese — grated
  • 1 ½ teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 ½ teaspoons dried basil
  • 16 ounces Hunt’s Spaghetti Sauce
  • cup olive oil


  • Place the onion and meats in a medium sauté pan. Cook over medium heat until the meat is no longer pink and onion is cooked; blot up excess fat with a paper towel. Add the fennel seed. Set aside to cool.
  • Skin and chop the tomatoes. Place in a sieve and drain for 10 minutes.
  • Twenty to thirty minutes before baking, place a pizza stone on the lower third rack of the oven and preheat it to 400°F.
  • Brush a 14-in deep-dish pizza pan with oil and press the pizza dough, making sure it is even on the bottom and up the sides to the rim; do not stretch. Let rest for 15 minutes.
  • Toss the mozzarella, Romano, and herbs together in a bowl. Sprinkle the dough with two-thirds of the cheese mixture. Then spread with the entire can of sauce and drizzle with some olive oil. Distribute the meat mixture over the top for the next layer. Top with the tomatoes and the remaining cheese mixture. Drizzle with the remaining olive oil.
  • Bake for 15 minutes, then lower the oven temperature to 350°F, and bake for an additional 40 to 45 minutes. Cover with foil for the last 10 minutes if the cheese is too brown. When done, the crust will be golden brown; lift with a metal spatula to check the bottom. Remove the pizza from the oven and let it rest on a rack for 10 minutes before cutting. Serve while still hot.

Famous Chicago pizza restaurants that serve Chicago-style deep-dish pizza include Pizzeria Uno, Gino’s East, and Lou Malnati’s. These restaurants are best known for their delicious and authentic Chicago-style deep-dish pizza, and they have become popular tourist destinations. Chicago-style deep-dish pizza is loved by many, but it’s particularly popular among Chicagoans and pizza enthusiasts. The deep crust and toppings on top give it a unique texture and flavor, making it a favorite among those who appreciate a hearty and filling pizza.