There is pizza, and then there is deep dish pizza, or Chicago Styled pizza which is not just a deep dish but has the toppings hidden underneath the sauce. It is not a popular pizza to find in this area, so it’s a near-hidden gem if you are craving this more decadent version. So where can you find a good deep dish pizza or at least as close a version to Chicago style here in Philadelphia? We found a few; here are the top 5 places to get a deep dish pizza in Philly.
Garces Trading Company
1111 Locust St.
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(215) 574-1099

Jose Garces, Iron chef, Philadelphian transplant and famous restaurateur offers up a deep dish pizza that will rival most Chicago styled pizzas. Having lived in Chicago Garces took the basics on how to make a quality deep dish, and then fancied it up with high end toppings such as duck or chorizo.

Little Italy Pizza
901 South St.
Philadelphia, PA 19147
(215) 922-1440

The gourmet pizza here is a deeper dish, and there are about 8 versions to choose from, some common flavors available are sausage and pepperoni, BBQ chicken, buffalo chicken.  However, customers love the Eggplant Deep Dish, and the Tomato Pie which is a thicker crust. Little Italy Pizza also makes excellent garlic knots and is open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily with a few nights until 11 p.m. You also have the option for delivery or pickup. Little Italy Pizza was nominated as part of the 10 best places for pizza in Philadelphia by Philadelphia Magazine.

NYPD Pizza
140 S. 11th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19102
(215) 733-0561

NYPD Pizza opened its doors in 2004, but brought with it, a nearly 40 years of experience making pizza in New York. So NYPD Pizza of course makes your traditional NY Style crust, which is the type of crust most pizza shops in Philadelphia make. But they do offer Chicago style on the menu and people who prefer the decadence of the deep dish really enjoy it. Just give them 30 minutes to make it. Besides pizza, they also make up most of your favorite “pizza place” foods like meatball subs, chicken cutlet sandwiches, and calzones. You can dine in, pick up, or order delivery.

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Pizzeria Cappelli
209 S. 13th St.
Philadelphia, PA. 19107
(215) 309-5490

Pizzeria Cappelli briefly had closed and reopened in this name. Here they also serve a deeper dish version of their pizza, but for true Chicago pizza fans, they would say it is not Chicago style, but it is a deeper thicker crust. They also have more interesting and inventive toppings such as mac-n-cheese and of course a Philly Cheesesteak. Pizzeria Cappelli is open late all week.

Pizza Brain
2313 Frankford Ave.
Philadelphia, PA. 19125
(215) 291-2965

Pizza Brain is probably the only Pizza Museum in Philadelphia, so they know a lot about pizza. It is the world’s largest Pizza museum according to Guinness Book of World Records. Here you can get a deep dish, thicker crust version, or a thin crust pizza. Their sauce is a flavored, on some pies it’s spicy and others it’s infused with rosemary and other herbs (they have a special sauce section). You have the option to get some specialty ice cream right next door from the world headquarters of “Little Baby’s Ice Cream”.

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Christina Dagnelli is a freelance writer in Philadelphia and the author of Little Squares with Colors: A Different way to look at autism. Her work on examiner can be found here