Scores of hungry New Yorkers and homesick Chicagoans have been flocking to this neighborhood pizzeria since North Shore native Emmett Burke first opened its doors in 2013, and for good reason: The Chicago-style deep-dish pies are heart-slowingly authentic. Consider the Gabe Froman—a 10-inch round of crackly golden crust blanketed with layers of melty mozzarella, tangy-sweet tomato sauce, fresh spinach and half-moons of crumbled sausage and spicy pepperoni. Ask for a side of house-made dill-infused ranch for dipping. You can thank us later.
When searching for the best pizza, Gothamites tend to gravitate toward classic New York–style folding slices and bubbly, Neapolitan-inspired rounds. While we’re always down for a classic pie from Italian restaurants or a good ol’ pepperoni slice, we’d be lying if we didn’t admit there are times we crave the thick, casserole-like quality of a meaty Chicago deep-dish. Since cheap eats cravings are meant to be satisfied, we happily deviated from the thin-crust norm (and sub-par slices from 24-hour pizza spots), and rounded up the standout eateries slinging deep-dish slices. Unfortunately, they’re in short supply here in NYC, but a cheesy Detroit corner slice or spongy Sicilian square will also do the trick in a pinch.
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