WHY IS LORETTA'S PIZZA So good?
We use only the highest-quality ingredients sourced primarily from Midwestern farms, bakeries, and other small purveyors. We make our own dough, sauce, Italian sausage, lasagna,
"CUPPA TWO TREE PIES TO GO"
DEEP DISH PIES
The Smashing Pepperonis $24/29
Cup and char pepperoni, Grande’ Farms cheese blend, Loretta’s house red sauce. (Billy Corgan not included with pizza.)
The Dan Ryan Freeway S.M.O.G. $26/32
House made Italian sausage, Pebble Creek mushrooms, onions & green peppers with Loretta’s house red sauce. Topped with fresh grated Romano.
The Navy Pier Ferris Wheel (Vegetarian) $26/30
Grande Farms cheese blend, house red sauce, fresh mozzarella, basil pesto, olive oil drizzle, romano.
The Taylor Street $25/32
House made Italian sausage, Cup and char pepperoni, roasted fennel, peppadews (a sweet pickled pepper), goat cheese & spicy arrabiata sauce. Topped with fresh grated Romano cheese & spiced honey.
The Bucktown Hipster (Vegetarian) $24/29
Impossible™ Italian sausage, roasted butternut squash, roasted fennel, spinach, corn with house red sauce. Finished with a blend of fines herbes.
The Wrigleyville DudeBro $25/32
Cup and char pepperoni, ham, capicola, salami, spicy giardiniera with spicy arrabiata sauce. Finished with fresh grated Romano cheese and a blend of fines herbes.
The Andersonville (Vegetarian) $24/29
Pebble Creek mushrooms, caramelized onions, green peppers, roasted red peppers, roasted garlic, with white sauce. Finished with a blend of fines herbes and olive.
CHICAGO TAVERN PIZZA
In addition to deep dish, there’s also a thin-crust pizza found in Chicago called Tavern-style. The crust is thin and firm enough to have a noticeable crunch, unlike a New York-style pizza. This pizza is cut into squares. All Tavern pizzas are 10″.
The Soldier Field $9.00
Cup and char pepperoni, Grande’ cheese blend, Loretta’s house red sauce.
The South Side Parade $9.00
Large homemade meatballs, Loretta’s house red sauce and (of course) cheese.
The Jane Addams Memorial S.M.O.G. $11.00
House made Italian sausage, Pebble Creek mushrooms, onions, and green peppers with Loretta’s house red sauce. Topped with fresh grated Romano.
The Rush Street $12.00
Ham, capicola, pineapple, peppadew (it’s a sweet pickled pepper), goat cheese with spicy arrabiata sauce. Finished with basil pesto & spicy mayo.
The Magnificent Mile $12.00
Nueske’s applewood smoked bacon, kalamata olives, caramelized onions & spinach with white sauce. Finished a blend of fines herbes & olive oil.
The Lower Wacker $14.00
Salami, artichoke, peppadew, kalamata, tomato, and Nueske’s applewood smoked bacon with spicy arrabiata sauce. Finished with basil pesto & fresh grated Romano.
The Blue Line $12.00
Pulled chicken, Nueske’s applewood smoked bacon, red onion, pineapple, and peppadew with chipotle BBQ sauce. Finished with avocado ranch drizzle.
Grande Farms cheese blend, house red sauce, fresh mozzarella, basil pesto, olive oil drizzle, romano
Lake Shore Drive $12.00
House red sauce, artichoke, mushroom, red onion, roasted red peppers, green pepper, spinach, tomato, kalamata, pesto drizzle, romano
You build the pizza!
All pizzas automatically come with Loretta’s house mozzarella cheese blend.
12″ Deep Dish – $17.50 | 14″ Deep Dish – $21.50 | 10″ Tavern – $7.50
- Cup and char pepperoni–$2
- House-made Italian sausage–$2
- Nueske’s Applewood Smoked Bacon–$2.50
- Pulled Chicken–$2
- Ground Beef–$2
- Impossible Italian sausage
- Banana Pepper–$1
- Kalamata Olives–$1.50
- Green Olives–$1
- Roasted Red Peppers–$1.50
- Red Onion–$1.50
- Caramelized Onion–$1.50
- Green peppers–$1.50
- Pebble Creek Mushrooms–$1.50
- Roasted Garlic–$1.50
- Roasted Squash–$1.50
- Brussels Sprouts–$1.50
- Loretta’s House Red Sauce
- Spicy Arrabiata
- White Sauce
(served on the side)
- Basil Pesto–$2
- Avocado Ranch–$2
- Garlic Butter–$2
- Olive Oil–$2
- Fines herbes–$2
- Caesar Dressing–$2
- Italian Dressing–$2
- Spicy Mayo – $2
As a boy growing up in Michigan, my best friend Tommy would invite me over to his family’s house to eat deep dish pizza – homemade by his Aunt Loretta — a few times a year. Aunt Loretta lived in the little house next door to Tommy’s and was quite a character. She had a Chicago accent and she never missed an opportunity to tell a good story or a joke. Her stories were invariably fascinating and kept us kids enraptured, even if, in hindsight, some of the details may have been just a little…far fetched. Loretta grew up in a working-class Chicago neighborhood and after high school worked at a couple of famous Chicago pizza joints before moving to Michigan in the 1970’s (when I was a kid). Loretta claimed to have their recipes and bragged that her pizza was better than any of “dose famous places” in Chicago. I can’t say for sure; she was prone to exaggeration. But her pizza was so good, who was I to question her?
Loretta has passed on, but the memory of her homemade pizza (and her odd stories) will stay with me forever. So I named this restaurant in her honor and, along with chef Richard Williams (who is a certified “pizzaiolo”), have tried to recreate the taste of Loretta’s homemade deep dish pizza the way I remember it all those years ago. I think Loretta would be proud to know that her legacy lives on and her pizza is still being served. I hope we’ve gotten it right; you be the judge.
Founder/Owner of Loretta’s Deep Dish
Logan Square 2002-2007