I am not a big fan of deep dish pizza. Give me an ultra-thin crust California-style pizza any day, and I will be super happy, but deep dish is generally a bit much for me.
Naturally, my husband is from Chicago and thus deep dish is ingrained in his DNA. Chicagoans generally spurn all Chicago-style pizza that is not made in their hometown, and the search for good deep dish in California can be grueling. Fortunately, Patxi’s Pizza is there to help.
Daniel assesses that Patxi’s Pizza is likely the most authentic Chicago-style pizza he has had in California. I am inclined to agree. We love Zachary’s in Berkeley, but it’s a lighter deep dish that isn’t really Chicago-style. Chicago likes its pizza to be extra filling in every sense of the word. Patxi’s definitely fulfills that requirement–I was done after one slice, classic Chicago-style–but doesn’t make you want to split your stomach open after, a quality found in only the best Chicago pizzerias.
At the same time, the ingredients in Patxi’s pizzas feel really fresh which keeps the slice from seeming so heavy you won’t be able to eat again for a week. The peppers and onions in our pizza were cooked but maintained just the right amount of crunchiness. Both of us were impressed by the sauce. Sweet and savory at once, the unique flavor had a surprising yet pleasant tanginess that made the pizza interesting without overdoing it. The crust was crispy and clearly very bad for you. Doesn’t get more authentic than that.
Despite my anti-deep dish persuasion, I enjoyed our pizza. Having those crispy veggies and that tangy sauce made the pizza a bit lighter and thus a bit more manageable for me. However, it still rang true to the deep dish name which is important for my husband, and I liked that too. Honestly, I liked it better than most pizzas I’ve had in Chicago.
So if you want an authentic Chicago-style pizza experience, Patxi’s is the place for you. And if you’re from Chicago, I’d love to get your opinion.