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    • I’ve had Paxti’s quite a few times (lived in the Bay for a few years). Paxti’s is pretty good, but I’ve found that the crust is totally different than in the midwest. Seems like maybe the dough has a different character, not quite as fluffy.

      One place I really liked in the Bay was Star in Oakland. They had a good deep dish with a corn meal crust. That was unique and tasty, I thought.

    • Keenan Wells

      Lou Malnati’s

      So it was brought to my attention by @Victoria that this past Saturday was National Pizza Day! Good thing Sylvie and I had Lou Malnati’s. Lou Malnati’s is widely considered the best Chicago deep dish, although I suppose that depends on who you talk to. Let’s dig in!

      Once again, we got mushrooms on the whole thing, with half spinach and half Italian sausage.

      Cheese
      Sylvie: 3.5 (out of 5)
      Keenan: 4
      Take aways: We love cheese on pizza, and this one had cheese! I think it could of used a touch more of it though.

      Sauce
      Sylvie: 4
      Keenan: 4.5
      Take aways: Sylvie and both liked how garlicky it was. This sauce was noticeably better than Pequod’s. Had a nice acidity, maybe a wine flavor in there. Stood out in a good way.

      Toppings
      Sylvie: 5
      Keenan: 3.5
      Take aways: Sylvie loved the spinach mix they used. It seemed to have some herbs and garlic mixed in. For me, the sausage was very tasty but just not plentiful enough. I wanted more of it.

      Crust
      Sylvie: 3.5
      Keenan: 3
      Take aways: The crust held together well. It made it easy to pick up a piece and didn’t fall apart. But it didn’t seem particularly noteworthy in any way. Did the job, but nothing special.

      Overall score: 31
      Take aways: It was very good, and while there were some things I liked about Pequod’s better, the overall experience of Lou Malnati’s was a tad more flavorful, thanks to that sauce. Sylvie thoroughly enjoyed her experience as well. So far, Lou Malnati’s is in the lead by 1 point over Pequod’s!