WHY IS LORETTA'S PIZZA
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"
Belushi Sticks $5.00
House-made dough baked into puffy strips, with house garlic butter and herb seasoning. Comes with our house-made pizza sauce on side.
Cheesy (Jim) Belushi Sticks $7.50
Our breadsticks with mozzarella, Romano cheese melted on top. Comes with our house-made pizza sauce on side. Add goat cheese for $1.50
A Billy Goat Named Wrigley $11.00
Baked melted goat cheese swimming in tomato sauce. Comes with garlic points.
Greektown Caesar Salad $8.00
Leafy greens, freshly grated Romano, Kalamata olives, croutons & Caesar dressing.
Windy City Salad $12.00
Romaine, ham, House-cut thick pepperoni, bacon, more bacon, tomato, red onion, shredded cheese & croutons. Choose from Italian dressing or avocado ranch.
DEEP DISH PIES
The Smashing Pepperonis $20/$25
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. $25/29
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’ cheese blend, Loretta’s house red sauce, pillows of burrata mozzarella on little beds of basil leaves with olive oil drizzle.
The Taylor Street $24/29
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 $25/29
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) $22/27
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.
The Red Line $12.00
Pulled chicken, Nueske’s applewood smoked bacon, Brussel sprouts, jalapeños, and red onions with white sauce. Finished with Nashville hot sauce and freshly grated Romano.
The Lake Shore Drive (Vegetarian) $9.00
Corn, tomato, roasted red peppers, and jalapeno with a spicy arrabiata sauce. Finished with avocado ranch and blue corn chip crumble. Add chorizo for an extra $4.
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
OVEN BAKED SUB SANDWICHES
All subs are 9” and start with grande’ farms mozzarella and provolone. Bread is sourced daily from Beer City Bread Company in Grand Rapids. Note: The bread is crunchy after being in the oven, which is how we like it.
The Second City $8.00
Classic pizza sub. Cup and char pepperoni, house pizza sauce, Grande’ cheese blend.
The Lincoln Park Zoo $8.00
Classic Italian sausage sub. House-made Italian sausage, spicy mayo, house pizza sauce, green peppers, onion, mozzarella.
The Bill Murray Total Consciousness $8.00
Classic meatball sub turned up a notch! Large homemade meatballs smothered in Loretta’s house red sauce, green pepper, onion, lots of Grande’ melted mozzarella and provolone, and pesto mayo
The Lollapalooza $9.00
House made Italian sausage, Cup and char pepperoni, roasted fennel, peppadews, goat cheese & spicy mayo.
The Field Museum (very spicy) $13.00
Capicola, ham, salami, spicy giardiniera, tomatoes with spicy arrabiata sauce & basil pesto. Finished with freshly grated Romano cheese.
The Merchandise Mart $12.00
Pulled chicken, pineapple, jalapeno, red onion, Nueske’s applewood smoked bacon, goat cheese & chipotle BBQ. Finished with spicy mayo.
The Sears Tower (Vegetarian) $15.00
We refuse to call it the “Willis” Tower. Impossible™ Italian Sausage, roasted butternut squash, spinach, corn, roasted red peppers and classic red sauce. Finished with basil pesto and freshly grated Romano.
The Millenium Park $11.00
Pulled chicken, Brussel sprouts, Nueske’s applewood smoked bacon, artichokes, and roasted red peppers with house red sauce. Finished with Nashville hot sauce.
The Buckingham Fountain $10.00
Chorizo, corn, jalapeno, roasted red peppers. Finished with avocado ranch and blue corn chip crumble.
CHICAGO BEEF STOCKYARDS $15.00
Prime ribeye (chopped,) onions, spicy giardiniera, cheese blend, spicy mayo, and garlic.
The Elevated Train (Vegetarian) $12.00
House-made red sauce, ricotta and goat cheese blend, house-made bechamel, mozzarella & special fines herbes.
The Little Italy $14.00
House-made meat (red) sauce, ricotta and goat cheese blend, house-made, mozzarella & special fines herbes.
The Devil in White City (Vegetarian) $13.00
House-made bechamel, sauce, ricotta and goat cheese blend, house-made pesto, mozzarella & special fines herbes.
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