Pequod’s tops Yelp Elite Squad’s Pizza list

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Pequod’s Pizza, which has locations in Chicago and Morton Grove, is the nation’s favorite pizza, according to Yelp Elite Squad’s 2024 Top Pizza Spots.

Pequod’s has a unique take on the traditional deep-dish pizza: The crust is made by placing a ring of mozzarella around the rim of the pan, which caramelizes as the pizza cooks, TimeOut reported.

Pequod’s was the brainchild of the late Burt Katz, who brought his signature caramelized crust to his new establishment from the now-closed Gullivers Pizza & Pub in Chicago’s Rogers Park neighborhood.

Katz stayed at Pequod’s until 1986, when he sold the business to new owners, who then opened a second location in Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood in 1992.

Yelp ranked businesses by considering total volume and number of five-star reviews written by Yelp Elite Squad members, according to TimeOut.

Five other Chicago pizzerias made the Top 100 list: Piece Brewery and Pizzeria in Wicker Park came in at No. 17; Chicago Pizza and Oven Grinder Company in Lincoln Park was ranked No. 27; Spacca Napoli in Ravenswood was No. 44; Calo Pizzeria in Andersonville was ranked No. 91; and Coalfire Pizza in West Town came in at No. 98.

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