My favorite food is pizza, hands down, every time, it’s always pizza. I am a self proclaimed pizza connoisseur. I was born and raised in the North suburbs of Chicago, Northbrook to be exact. Almost every week we had my FAVORITE pizza of all time, Lou Malnati’s. I always looked forward to pizza night, and my mom is a pretty amazing cook, so it’s not like I was deprived.
When I left Chicago for Phoenix, I left a part of me behind with Lou’s. My father-in-law back in Chicago would send us frozen Lou’s so we could indulge in our favorite every once in a while. It satisfied the craving, but we still missed the piping hot deep dish served right to our table, all melty and delish. When we inquired about Lou’s opening a location outside of Chicago, we were told that the water in Chicago was the magic ingredient and they would never open another location outside of IL. Obviously, my heart sank.
Fast forward years ahead… The first Lou’s opened in Phoenix this week. How, how could this dream be coming true? After talking with the president, we found out the legend of Chicago water was completely TRUE. They spent endless hours and months perfecting the water. Shipping dough off to Chicago, taste testing and making sure the taste and quality was completely seamless from there to here. With the assistance of the “water people” for Starbucks, Lou’s was able to open their very first location outside of IL about 25 minutes from my home here in Phoenix.
It was such a surreal feeling to be tasting something from childhood, here in my life now in Phoenix. My husband and I reminisced and thoroughly enjoyed every bit of our lunch. The atmosphere is fun and modern with retro flare. We noticed little details that made the new restaurant feel more like home, such as the scuffed up pans that must have been shipped in from Chicago.
If I tried to describe the pizza I would fail. No words suffice for this mouth-watering pie, and I hope you check this amazing place out for yourself. Believe me when I say, they are a classic, not a trend, and that shines through in everything they do.
See you again soon, Lou Malnati’s.