In the last 90 days, I have had the honor of stuffing my face with pizza. But not just any kind of pizza — deep dish pizza.
In November, I went to the birthplace of deep dish — Chicago, Illinois. There, I went to three places: Pizzeria Uno (the original), Gino’s East and Lou Malnati’s. Of these three, I enjoyed Lou Malnati’s the best. It tasted fresh, the crust was not too thick and it didn’t seem overly greasy.
Pizzeria Uno has always been my favorite, and while it also tasted fresh, the crust was a little too buttery and it was a bit on the greasy side. Despite this, it was still delish to me.
Gino’s was my least favorite. I felt like the crust had no flavor at all, and there was no wow factor. I was more wowed by the interior in which every inch of space was tagged by visitors from around the world.
Since returning home from Chicago, I could not stop thinking about deep dish pizza. I figured there was no way I could find good deep dish pizza on the West Coast.
But it happened.
I recently went to Seattle and was having a slice of pizza at a small shop. A customer and the guy behind the counter were having a conversation about pizza. That’s when I heard the name Delfino’s and deep dish come up. That’s when my ears perked up.
I immediately looked it up on Google maps and bookmarked it. The next day, I found myself at Delfino’s.
I had read on the menu that this pizza is comparable to the ones in Chicago. I couldn’t believe it, but I was up to be the judge of this claim.
We ordered what I believe was the Deluxe – pepperoni, sausage, bell peppers and olives. We opted for the deep dish instead of the stuffed because I didn’t want it to be too heavy. The wait time was about 25 minutes. It seemed like a lifetime, but it was so worth the wait!
The claim was right — Delfino’s is comparable to those in Chicago. The crust was crisp, not too thick, and not too buttery. The pepperoni was nice and soft – not overcooked at all. I liked the sausage most of all. It wasn’t the type of sausage that tasted like everything in the spice rack was put in it. It definitely had a home-cooked flavor to it. Also, while I’m a big fan of chunky tomatoes, this pizza did not have it. It also had minimal sauce. The pizza on its own was very flavorful, and gobs of tomato sauce would have just made it too messy to eat.
Bottom Line: Seattle is not only home to the best coffee, it’s also home to the best Deep Dish pizza on the west coast.