Saturday, July 20, 2013

Lou Malnati's Review and Giveaway

Americans alone have a love affair with pizza.  Did you know that the average number of slices that an American eats per year is 46? Three billion pizza's are sold in the US each year too.  I looked up these statistics from a recent June 2013 survey online.  How can you go wrong with lots of flavorful cheese, hearty marinara sauce, and hand tossed dough that is baked to perfection?  I'm picky with food and enjoy minimal toppings.  I am happiest with a plain cheese, sausage, or pepperoni pizza.  Pizza is one of those foods that everyone gathers around and devours.



Lou Malnati's offers authentic Chicago-style deep dish pizza by mail anywhere in the USA.  Lou's has a been a Chicago favorite for years, but is gaining national attention for being featured on shows like Throwdown with Bobby Flay, Pizza Wars, Food Wars, and many others.  You can select either a 2, 4 or 6 pizza pack.  You have your choice of toppings like pepperoni, sausage, veggie, or spinach.  There is also a gluten free crust available for anyone with gluten intolerance to enjoy.  The pizza's are hand made from scratch and shipped frozen for guaranteed freshness.  They can be ready to be gobbled up after 40-45 min of baking.  Pizza sent to a lucky recipient from Lou's would be the ultimate gift for any foodie.  

I had previously tried deep dish pizza, but not from Lou Malnati's.  I was generously sent a two pizza pack consisting of sausage and pepperoni.  Those are my absolute two favorite toppings.  I read rave reviews online of the company and I was very excited to sample the pizza.  Soon after, a large box showed up at my door.  It was certainly a gift from the pizza gods.  It showed up at the perfect time since I was planning on making the sausage one for dinner that night.  I popped it into the oven for about 40 minutes and this was the end result.

It is perfectly acceptable to drool at this picture.  The pizza comes in a foil pan that you bake it in.  Look at that hearty tomato sauce along with the gooey cheese and the big pieces of sausage.  Underneath the heavenly layer is a rich deep dish crush that will transport you to another world.  It's pure pizza perfection! 

What I immediately noticed from this pizza is that it's prepared differently from normal pizza.  You have a large layer of sauce in the center that is not evenly distributed throughout.  I was intrigued by that because it's not like the typical pizza that I'm used to.  I cut the pizza into four large slices and took one.  Each pizza is 9" and serves two adults.  


This is the big kahuna of pizza! This was a very dense slice.  The pizza was cooked perfectly to perfection. The vine-ripened tomato sauce was warm and thick, the cheese wonderfully gooey and melty, and the sausage plump and juicy.  The crust was deep and dense.  I took my first bite and I instantly knew what everyone was talking about.  It was love at first sight, and at first bite.  The crust was buttery, rich, and flaky.  The flavor of the sauce tasted slow cooked for hours.  The mozzarella cheese was heavenly.  I loved everything about this pizza and was blown away by how incredible it was.  I haven't had a piece of pizza this good in a long time.  I think I need to move to Chicago so I can enjoy it on a regular basis! Since the pizza was very heavy, I only wanted to eat one slice. 

I look forward to trying the pepperoni one soon, I bet it will be just as delicious as the sausage.  I walked by the freezer last night and I heard the pizza tempting and taunting me to eat it.  I told it to settle down and be quiet! I will enjoy it soon enough.

Why not make someone's day and ship them the gift of Lou Malnati's? They will love you for a lifetime for it. 




90 comments:

  1. Mushrooms and onions! Thank you so much for the giveaway!

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  2. Pepperoni and onions...sounds so good!

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  3. I would probably get the heart shaped cheese and the pepperoni

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  4. I'd pick pineapple and sausage.

    nomfreebies at hotmail dot com

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  5. Definately sausage and onions.

    Love3570@aol.com

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  6. I would choose green pepper and mushrooms. The pizza looks delicious

    sweetheart4171(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  7. I would chose pepperoni and sausage.

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  8. I'd get pepperoni and onions...drool
    elysesw@aol.com

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  9. Certainly looks yummy - I would like to try it with onions and olives!

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  10. I'd go with the Roni and Spinach!

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  11. I'd choose a two pepperoni pizzas since I can't tolerate sausage well

    goldengoddiss09(at)gmail(dot)com

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  12. I would just choose extra cheese

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  13. I would choose the veggie and the cheese.

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  14. Heather Hayes PanjonJuly 22, 2013 at 7:53 AM

    I'd Choose Pepperoni And Bacon!
    hthr83heather at yahoo dot com

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  15. I think I would go with the cheese and spinach!

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  16. omg love Malnati's!!!

    I'd get olives and onions

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  17. I'd choose bacon and mushrooms!!

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  18. I'd choose bacon and mushrooms!!

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  19. I would choose pepperoni and sausage.

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  20. I would choose the veggie with as many piled on as possible. We love our veggies. colleenaw@hotmail.com

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  21. I would love Sausage and Onions!

    mosaic317 at gmail dot com
    Claire McKeon (mosaic317)

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  22. Extra cheese and onions

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  23. I would choose a veggie and a spinach.

    jennylovesjeff (at) hotmail (dot) com

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  24. Veggies and mushroom would be my pick
    Ttrockwood(at)yahoo(dot)com
    Ttrockwood

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  25. I would get the pepperoni and sausage like you did. Those are always my go-to toppings.

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  26. I would choose sausage and spinach. Thanks

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  27. I would choose spinach and sausage. Thanks

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  28. Make one a sausage pizza and the other spinach. Lou's rules!

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  29. I would chose pepperoni and sausage

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  30. I'd choose sausage and olives!

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  31. I would love the pepperoni and sausage flavors...

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  32. Malnati's is the best pizza around. I love sausage and spinach!

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  33. sausage and pepperoni

    misterjim74 at gmail dot com

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  34. I would choose pepperoni and sausage.
    Brittney House BBrittBrat1398@yahoo.com

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  35. Looks good:)

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  36. I'd love Spinach and Mushrooms! Thanks.
    sweepster49 at comcast dot net

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  37. I would choose sausage and pepperoni.

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  38. Pepperoni and Onions!

    theyyyguy@yahoo.com

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  39. Pepperoni and Italian sausage.

    rtrexel@gmail.com

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  40. I would choose sausage and pepperoni!

    brat52101 at yahoo dot com

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  41. Sausage and Onion for me! Yum!

    coriwestphal at msn dot com

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  42. I would get mushrooms and bellpeppers

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  43. I like Italian Sausage & Pepperoni.

    Tim Moss, yupbucket@hotmail.com

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  44. I would choose Italian sausage and Pepperoni. (Roxann)

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  45. One plain cheese for the hubby & meatball mushroom for me LOL I LOVE Chicago Pizza havent had it in years since Chicago Pizza Pubs closed down in NY

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  46. I like Pepperoni and green peppers.

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  47. I would choose mushroom and extra cheese

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  48. i would choose the mushroom and pepperoni, i love pizza and this looks really good

    susansmoaks at gmail dot com
    tony l smoaks on rafflecopter

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  49. I would choose pepperoni and cheese.

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  50. I would choose Pepperoni and mushrooms
    vikki.billings@yahoo.com

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  51. I would choose pepperoni and sausage.

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  52. Sausage and onion for my fiance'. He is from Chicago and he sure does miss his Malnati's pizza!

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  53. I'd pick the pepperoni and the spinach.
    Michelle Tucker

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  54. I would pick green pepper and onion =]

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