Do you like cheese? Tomato sauce? How about round, crusty things?
Look no further, friend. Chicago has just the food for you.
One word: Pizza.
Never heard of it? You are in for a treat. Heard of it? Well, you’re still in for a treat. Don’t like pizza? Some people are beyond reproach. Take a good look in the mirror and ask yourself, “is this the kind of person I want to be?” That’s our advice.
As for the rest of us, pizza is serious business. Rich, poor, big, small, left-handed, regular-handed -- everybody craves a slice now and again. It surrounds us -- penetrates us. It binds society together in a way no other food item has the capacity for. And Chicago has it in spades.
Grab a slice of the action. Treat yourself to some of the best pie the Windy City has to offer, sample a variety of styles, take a pizza-making class and turn your home kitchen into a gourmet Chicago pizzeria.
Don’t be a weirdough. For crust sake -- you’ve waited long enough, haven’t you?
So you wanna know how pizza gets made, do you? You think you’re ready for that? You think you’re ready to hone your skills under the guidance of a professional chef? You think you’re ready to make use of a real wood-burning brick oven? You think you’re ready to master the secrets to building the perfect crust? Really? And let me guess -- you think you’re ready to enjoy yourself in a supportive, social setting, where you’re likely to make new friends and meet fellow pizza-enthusiasts too, huh?
Look, if you think you’re ready for all that, then fine. Your call, buddy. We sure as hell can’t stop you.
Are you slightly more sophisticated than the average pizza buff? Do you find most people around you and the pie they consume to be, shall we say, unsubstantial? Do you like your crust to be as deep as your aching, wistful soul?
Maybe it’s time you enrolled in a deep dish pizza making class. Learn how to make a proper Chicago deep dish style pizza, enjoy some complimentary wine, and meet like-minded pizza makers who share your predilection for the deeper things in life.
Maybe deep dish isn’t your thing. Totally understandable, though you’re probably better off keeping that to yourself. Chicago’s a proud city. Maybe you like deep dish, but you don’t have any thick pans at your house. Maybe the last time you tried it, your favorite bracelet fell into the sauce and sunk so deep you never saw it again and now you’re taking extra precautions.
Take a pizza making class that’ll keep your ingredients simple and right on top where you can see them. Showcase your neapolitan side. Your friends’ jaws will drop when you show them what you can do. And if they don’t? More pizza for you.
Are you a junkie for pizza know-how? Ever wonder how the pros construct your favorite Chicago pies? Do you enjoy hanging out in kitchens that aren’t yours?
Peek behind the curtain in this comprehensive, backstage tour of Chicago’s pizza industry. You’ll spend time with the chefs who make the magic happen in the kitchens of some of the finest pizzarias in the city, including (but not limited to) Pizano’s Pizza & Pasta,Coalfire, Pequod’s Pizza, and Flo & Santo’s.
“Why should I care?” you might ask. “I make my own pizza at home.”
First of all, can we curb the crusty attitude? (We’re trying to help you here.) Secondly, these are seasoned professionals we’re talking about and their pizza skills have been tested. If applied, their tips will turn your home into a professional-grade pizza kitchen. Pretty soon you’ll be taking reservations.
Need we say more? This tour is a slam dunk for the pizza-enthusiast with a short attention span. Yeah, you’ll get pizza -- you’ll get beer. And once you’re bored of that? Enter cupcakes. Still not enough excitement? Get ready for a hot dog, ‘cause you’re having one. And if you still haven’t had enough to satisfy your culinary curiosity? Well, we don’t know what to tell you. You just can’t please some people.Things to do in Chicago
If that last description sounded pretty good to you, but you’re looking for something with more emphasis on the whole booze thing, well this may be the tour for you. You’ll still get pizza, but replace the hot dogs and cupcakes with more beer and wine. Then throw in a party bus complete with a locked-and-loaded karaoke machine. Pro tip: replace the lyrics to “Wake Me Up Before You Go Go” by Wham! to “Wake Me Up Before You Go Get Some Pizza,” and you’ll be the instant superstar of the tour.Chicago Pizza Tours