Sweet Home Chicago Pizza (Deep Dish)

February 28, 2009 § 4 Comments

We’ve had the flyer for Sweet Home Chicago Pizza laying around on the counter for several weeks now and finally got around to trying their pizza. The Mister, being from New York, have always preferred NY-style pizza but wanted to try a Chicago-style pizza. His last one was over 7 years ago and he couldn’t remember if he liked it or not. So on an evening when neither one of us wanted to cook, we ordered delivery.

Sweet Home Chicago Pizza also offers New York-style pizza, which may seem a bit odd for a “Chicago” pizza place. But the story I heard is that the owners of Sweet Home Chicago Pizza purchased the recipe from the previous pizza joint owner (Coney Island Pizza). Guess the new owner wanted to be able to offer the same type of pizza to loyal Coney Island customers. I thought that was pretty nice. So we can get both type of pizza if we wanted to, whatever we were in the mood for. Sweet!

We ordered a 9″ (medium) Michael Jordan (sausage and pepperoni) deep dish and added mushrooms and onions ($2.50 for each additional topping for deep dish). If this was a thin-crusted pizza, a 9″ pizza would have been too small. So we were a bit apprehensive about the size and whether it would be enough. So as a safety, we also ordered a side of hot wings.

About 45 minutes later, our dinner arrived. And this is what was in the pizza box. Sniff, sniff, smelled delicious! Here’s a cross section of the deep dish. It looks a little saggy because I took the picture after I scarfed down my dinner. I couldn’t wait. As you can see, there 2 layers of gooey cheesy goodness, like a pie within a pie.


The sauce was a little bit on the sweet side, like Papa John’s a bit. But it had really good flavor and tasted fresh. The crust was not bad but I prefer the crust on a NY-style pizza. Overall, this was a pretty good pizza. Oh yeah, I sliced the dish into quarters and we were only able to eat 1 quarter each. We were shocked! that neither one of us could eat another slice. The size was deceptive for sure.

The wings, although not advertised as Buffalo Wings, were very similar in style. The wings didn’t have what it takes to be outstanding. It was okay because the wings were juicy and the sauce was very good. But the skin was limp, and I much prefer a crispier skin. It was served with Ranch, which I like but The Mister dislikes (he’s a blue cheese kind of guy all the way).

In all honesty, if we couldn’t get delivery, I’m not sure how often or willing we would be to drive here to get deep dish. But since I’m lucky they are so close, we’ll be enjoying more of their pizza. I think next time I’ll order a small deep dish (which I’m not convinced we will be able to finish in one sitting) and a NY-style pizza as comparison.

Sweet Home Chicago Pizza
14034 Poway Road,
Poway, CA 92064

Mon-Thu. 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Fri-Sat. 11:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Sun. 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.


§ 4 Responses to Sweet Home Chicago Pizza (Deep Dish)

  • leanne says:

    We used to order from Coney Island Pizza all the time – half ricotta white pizza and half meat special. We haven’t tried them since they became Sweet Home Chicago, but I’ve heard their Chicago-style pizza was good. I sure hope the white pizza is the same. We don’t get pizza often, but it was nice to have a really good non-chain delivery option here. I’m glad you liked it!

  • I don’t know why, but I have been craving for a couple slices of some good pizza lately. The only time I’ve had Chicago style pizza was at Zachary’s in Oakland/Berkeley, and I liked it. I love the pictures, and now after reading your post, I am going to have to look around the area for some Chicago pizza.

  • CAB says:

    Hi Leanne! After all those years, we never did try Coney Island before they closed. I’m hoping that the thin crust is as good as people say Coney Island’s pizza was. I looked at the menu and it looks like they have a Spinach Ricotta pizza on the menu. Let me know if you try it and if it tastes the same.

  • CAB says:

    Hi Sawyer! We ate the other half of the deep dish for dinner and it was still really good. I’ve heard that Zachary’s is one of the best in San Francisco.You know, I had Chicago-style pizza a couple of times on 2 separate trips to Chicago and for the life of me, I can’t remember them. I do remember enjoying them. Sheese, the last time was over 18 years ago.

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