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River North - Lou Malnati's Pizzeria

439 N Wells St Chicago IL 60654
(312) 828-9800
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Chicago-style deep-dish pizza since 1971.

Full-service bar & restaurant.

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For "real Chicago pizza", fans hit up this "top-notch" chain "staple" that "sets the standard" with its "deep-dish butter crust" pies made "just right" with the "perfect" ratio of cheese to sauce – and its "crisp" thin-crust pies and "big", "not-to-be-missed" salads are a hit too; service is generally solid (if occasionally "slow"), and if the decor is considered just "fine", well you "don't go...

Lou Malnati's Pizzeria Restaurant Review

Lou Malnati started his pizza operation in 1971 in the suburbs, and his sons, Marc and Rick, opened this location in the trendy River North area in 1986 to carry on the family tradition. Burnished wood, comfortable booths, high tables with stools and tile floors give the century-old building a traditional-upscale feel, which is enlivened with sports memorabilia that includes framed shirts of...

Sports history and legendary pizza converge on this classic Chicago pizza joint in River North.

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When it comes to deep-dish pizza in Chicago, it all comes back to this institution that is so confident in its pies that it ships them overnight to most anywhere in the U.S. This old-school spot...


+ great pizza

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Finally! I've been to a number of Chicago pizza places and Lou's is the first one that I will definitely be going back too! We got there when there was a rush so we put our order in and headed...

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The Best Chicago pizza! Service like you're part of the family! My family loves Lou Malnati's!

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Well! Sorry Chicago but not everyone likes a deep dish pizza! Now m not sure wheather the pizza here was not great or otherwise but I didnt like it! Ambience was great ! Place is good!...

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Excellent thin crust pizza. If I had to choose one item from here it would be the Italian beef sandwich with sweet peppers. This was awesome !!! Chicken wings were good with a smoked flavor. I...

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I like this place more than last time I came (7 years ago!)... Maybe cause I'm older now and don't want too much cheese. Felt the pizza was just the right depth... good protein, cheese, crust...

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About Lou Malnati's Pizzeria Considered the oldest family name in Chicago pizza, Lou Malnati's is as rich in history as its pizza is in flavor. Lou Malnati got his start in the 1940's working in Chicago's first deep dish pizzeria. He took his pizza expertise to Lincolnwood, a northern suburb of Chicago, where he and his wife Jean opened the first Lou Malnati's Pizzeria on March 17, 1971. Lou was known for his fun-loving character as well as making Chicago's best pizza. Loyal patrons lined the streets on opening day for a taste of his delicious deep dish creations. Lou always thought it was funny that an Italian should open a pizzeria in a Jewish neighborhood on an Irish holiday.


Take Out: Try the "Lou," named for the restaurant's founder. It includes fresh spinach, mushrooms, sliced tomatoes and mozzarella, romano and cheddar cheeses. The "Deluxe" is a great value: cheese sausage, mushrooms, onions and green peppers.

Lou Malnatti's boasts several suburban and city of Chicago locations but those outside of Chicago can now enjoy that fresh from the oven pizza taste...

Since 1971
39 years in business
Award-Winning, Pizzeria, Family Restaurant

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Lou Malnati's Pizzeria is a Pizza, Gluten Free, and Late Night restaurant where most Menuism users came for a family meal, paid less than $10, and tipped between 15% to 18%.

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Save Money: Until 2pm every day, get a personal sausage or pepperoni pizza plus soup or a house salad for about $6.

Parking: If you can't find metered parking, try the pay garage on Hubbard and Wells.

The Extras: Not only does Lou's deliver all over Chicago, but it will FedEx pizza, Carson's ribs, Eli's Cheesecake and Vienna Beef hot dogs anywhere in the U.S. Call (800) 568-8646.

The Extras: Need a Lou's fix and you're not in Chicago? They ship anywhere in the U.S. via UPS. Call the restaurant for more information.

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Need a Lou's fix and you're not in Chicago? They ship anywhere in the U.S. via UPS. Call the restaurant for more information.

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