If any of you have read my last review of Old Chicago (located here), I mentioned that I really liked it but would have liked more sauce on the pizza. While I know that this could have been taken care of by a simple request for extra sauce, I also mentioned that their pizza wasn’t true “Chicago-style” where the toppings are abundant and the pizza is covered in sauce. After hearing about their latest promotion of a new pizza that is supposed to faithfully represent “Chicago-style” pizza, I had to return to test it out.
The new pizza is labeled “Ultimate Deep Dish” and is the latest addition to Old Chicago‘s pizza menu. This pizza is available in four types: Ultimate “Chicago Seven”, Ultimate Meat Me, Ultimate Spinach & Artichoke, and Build Your Own. Regardless of which pizza you choose, the prices are all fixed at $19.99 and are large enough to feed three to four people in one sitting.
In this last visit, Haley and I opted for the Mozzarella Sticks appetizer ($6.99) and the “Ultimate Chicago Seven”. The Mozzarella Sticks came on a plate with 7 sticks and a ramekin of flavorful marinara sauce with grated cheese and herbs. The breading on the sticks were nicely seasoned and the cheese had that nice semi-soft melted consistency.
The “Ultimate Chicago Seven” pizza is loaded with Italian sausage, pepperoni, fresh mushrooms, black olives, green peppers, red onions, and mozzarella toppings and covered with chunky tomato sauce, toasted garlic, and fresh basil. At the edge of this pizza is a tall crust that measures close to two inches in height. To me, this pizza definitely looked like a “Chicago-Style” pizza and is the best value considering the amount of toppings you get for the same price as the others.
Unfortunately I didn’t get good pictures of this monstrous pizza because it’s custom at Old Chicago to have your server serve your first slice of pizza. I didn’t want to interrupt her so all you get is a picture of the “Ultimate Chicago Seven” with 2 chunks taken out of it. Despite not being picture perfect, the pizza was awesome and much better (in my opinion) than their traditional pizzas.
There are multiple reasons why it is better than their other pizzas. First is the crust. The crust was buttery and wasn’t too thick or thin. The texture was buttery like the deep dish but wasn’t greasy at all.
The second reason is amount of toppings. I was expecting just a thin layer of toppings but Old Chicago was definitely generous with their portions. They were so generous in fact, that the toppings came up almost as high as the two inch crust wall. The toppings were piled high in multiple layers. For example, I was surprised that the pepperoni came in stacks of 5 slices all over the pizza rather than a bed of single slices.
The third and final reason was the sauce. Chunks of tomatoes added a nice texture while a spicy, roasted flavor was added from the toasted garlic bits embedded into the sauce. Last but not least was the addition of shredded leaves of fresh basil. All this made the sauce extremely robust and flavorful.
All of these reasons made the “Ultimate Deep Dish” my new favorite at Old Chicago. Seeing how it’s a promotional item, I can only assume that it will only be available for a limited time. I hope that sooner or later, it will be a permanent item.
In addition to the awesome pizza, another item worth mentioning is that our server was much better than our last one. She was much more attentive and friendly. As for the price, I feel that it was justified in relation to the quality & quantity of food. Old Chicago pizza is the only pizza that I know of that tastes nearly as good as the first day you order it.
1835 Old Fort Parkway
Murfreesboro, TN 37129-3364
Bill Total: $27.17 For Two