Imagine, if you will…
You want to send something distinctively Chicago to your friends in other cities, and Chicago Deep Dish Pizza sounds great, but even though you’ve managed to bake up a really good deep dish pizza at home (thanks in part to this wonderful website), you may not have your own sub-zero freezer and unlimited supply of dry ice and packing materials. Also, you’re thinking, “dang, I’d have to get up out of my comfy chair and go ship the darn thing too,” so it’s perfectly reasonable to exclaim loudly into your mobile device, and possibly a confused pet or roommate:
“I can ORDER frozen Chicago deep dish, stuffed, or tavern style pizzas and let THEM ship them nation-wide FOR me!
Thank you, Convenient Online Interweb Shopping Dealie!”
That’s totally cool with me. You don’t even have to use the word “dealie” when you order.
I rarely order frozen pizzas because I prefer to make my own, but I know a lot of people would like to send pizzas to friends and family, so here’s a list of places that ship frozen pizzas:
I won’t make any official recommendations, but I will try to add helpful info about the different options when I can.
BTW, I don’t make a penny by telling you about these places that will ship pizza to you.
If you know (or are) a Chicago area pizza restaurant that has a way to order online for frozen pizzas to ship nationwide, please let me know and I will consider adding them to the list.
Chicago Pizza Joints That Ship Frozen Pizzas:
** UPDATED 12-10-2022 **
(shipping methods are varied – your mileage may vary – order early)
If you’re looking for STUFFED PIZZA:
and they are also on GoldBelly: https://www.goldbelly.com/nancys-pizza
Nancy’s stuffed pizzas are 9″ in diameter.
Giordano’s pizzas are 10″ in diameter.
Bartolini’s (not to be confused with Bartoli’s) offers 12″ diameter stuffed pizzas, and also tavern style thin crust – that meatball pizza looks ridiculicious!
Looking for ‘QUOD STYLE caramelized crust pan pizza? :
Pequod’s now offers their famous pan-style pizza with the caramelized crust through GoldBelly: https://www.goldbelly.com/pequods-pizza
La Briola (famous for bread, now also for pizza) also offers their version of the caramelized pan deep dish AND tavern style thin crust through Goldbelly: https://www.goldbelly.com/labriola-chicago
If you’d prefer ORIGINAL DEEP DISH:
Most of the big Chicago joints have a frozen shipping department now:
Pizzeria Uno: https://ship.unos.com/
Lou Malnati’s: https://www.loumalnatis.com/ship-lous
and they are also on GoldBelly: https://www.goldbelly.com/lou-malnatis-pizzeria
The Malnati’s pizzas are 9 inches and Uno/Due pizzas are 10 inches in diameter.
Gino’s East has 11 inch pizzas: https://ginoseast.goldbelly.com/
Pizano’s ships both deep dish and thin crust pizzas: https://www.pizanosshipmeone.com/
My Pi ships the bigger 12 inch pizzas if you’re looking for best value,
and would be my unofficial pick if I were to order frozen pizzas
(they’re not paying me for this endorsement): https://www.mypiepizza.com/nationwidedelivery
My Pi is also on GoldBelly: https://www.goldbelly.com/my-pi-pizza
Chicago’s Pizza ships deep dish and stuffed: http://www.asliceofchicago.com/
Connie’s ships their pizzas too: https://www.conniespizza.com/ship-pizza-anywhere/
Chicago Tavern Style THIN CRUST:
I mentioned Pizano’s, Bartolini’s and La Briola above, but also:
Home Run Inn ships 12 packs of their 6 inch pizzas: https://www.tastesofchicago.com/category/home_run_inn
Bill’s Pizza & Pub (home of the Double-Decker!) now ships through GoldBelly as well! https://www.goldbelly.com/bills-pizza-and-pu
Other Chicago Pizza Options
I’m listing them because they sell a pizza that has Hot Doug’s Atomic Sausage on it, and where else are you going to to get that, now that Doug Sohn’s hot dog restaurant no longer exists? https://www.goldbelly.com/piece-pizzeria
Bacino’s of Lincoln Park also ships. Our favorite deep dish joint for 22 years when we lived in Chicago. Btw, New York pizza sucks!
I’d be happy to update the list, but I don’t see a website where you can get frozen pizzas shipped from them.
Love this very helpful site. It’s especially great for us Chicagoans who’ve moved away and can’t get good Chicago food anywhere. It’s been a struggle of mine since moving to North Carolina 13 years ago. While checking all your helpful pizza shopping options, I noticed a link to Giacobbino’s pizza on the Connie’s web site. That one was very intriguing. Their site, however, doesn’t have an order page. Do you happen to know if Giacobbino’s offers pizza that ships nationwide?
Thanks so much and keep up the great work! Seeing your many Facebook posts I’m sometimes tempted to move back to Chicago….just for the pizza!
I’ll look for them, but I don’t think they ship them.
So I’m from GA and would LOVE to try a deep dish Chicago pizza. That being said…. who do I choose? I have no way of knowing who has the best, most authentic tasting deep dish. Any suggestions?? If I’m going to spend the money, I want it to be really good. Thanks!
Like I said in my article, I prefer to make my own, but if I’m going to order frozen, my first choice would be My Pi.
I bought Pequods home from Chicgo and froze them. They tasted great. I wish they shipped too!
Ann, Pequod’s now ships through Goldbelly.com
Hi, does the pizza come raw? Or are they pre baked? How are the instructions on each of one? Thanks
Each restaurant is different, but usually the pizzas are either par-baked or pre-baked before freezing.
Any suggestions on trying to freeze a pizza following your recipe? I have made about 10 pizzas following your recipe and experimenting a bit. I would like to make a batch of mini ones (like Lou’s lunch size) and freeze them.
Would you recommend freezing an unbaked pizza, partial bake (how long?), or fully baked?
I’m going to follow-up later with a longer reply when I get some time, but I can tell you par-bake is the way to go.
Stay tuned… 🙂
Here’s some more thoughts on freezing your own pizza, which may become a new article on freezing deep dish when I get a few more tests in:
For deep dish, I would NOT recommend trying to freeze a completely unbaked pizza.
You’ll have a lot of problems with the dough and other ingredients messing with each other during the thaw and bake.
Bake, Cool, and Freeze is the easiest way,
but because you baked most of the moisture out of the pizza, re-baking it may dry it out further.
You could spray some water on top right before before the re-bake to help minimize this (this also works for reheating leftover slices).
Par-baking is probably the best way.
A) Bake your pizza long enough to set the outer crust, and then let the pizza cool to room temp before trying to freeze or you’ll melt all the other food in your freezer. If you’re concerned about the center of the crust not setting, I suggest using a sheet of parchment in your pan before you press the dough into it; then you can use the parchment to help get the pizza out.
B) You might also try baking an empty crust until it’s light golden, let that cool, and then add cheese, par-cooked (or precooked) sausage if you’re using it, and/or pepperoni (under the sauce is traditional),
and top with uncooked crushed tomatoes and parm/romano before freezing.
If you have the space, you could freeze your par-baked pizza in the pan, then pop it out of the pan and wrap in baking parchment, then wrap the parchment in foil before returning to the freezer (or shipping with dry ice).
How long do you heat a pizza that’s been frozen?
Good question, because I’ve seen one restaurant tell you to bake a frozen deep dish at 400 degrees F for 35-45 minutes, or if you thaw yours overnight in the fridge, bake for 20-30 minutes at 400 F.
That sounds like a good guideline, but be prepared to bake longer if needed because everyone’s oven is different, so check your pizza with an instant read thermometer. If the cheese and sauce part of pizza is 160-165 degrees F, then your pizza is cooked.
Bella Bacino’s on Wacker ships their thin crust and stuffed to order anywhere in the US. Just wanted to let you know so you might add to your list. I wish I could get a thin crust cheese pizza shipped to me from Palemo’s on 63rd. Best pizza ever!
Rosemary, I agree…Palermo’s is hands-down, the best pizza ever!
I wish Pequod’s shipped!
Wouldn’t taste the same.
They now ship through Goldbelly.com
Eric, Pequod’s now ships through Goldbelly.com