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Chicago is famous for its deep-dish pizza. But tourists are unlikely to know that the folks who live there more often like a thinner crust. And that they enjoy it topped with homemade Italian sausage. And cut into squares, not slices.
Taking a pizza tour would be the way to learn.
Chicago is one of a few of cities with companies that offer the tours. Boston, Milwaukee and New York offer tours, too. Chicago Pizza Tours owner Jonathan Porter takes his customers on a bus ride. It includes four stops.
"It's just a different way to see the city," Porter said. "Eat your way through the city."
Bonnie Burchett, 64, of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, was on a recent visit with her husband. So they took the tour.
"I like that sausage," she said after taking a bite at Pizano's. It was the first stop on the tour.
Elizabeth Goodwin, 33, of Columbus, Ohio, was with her husband, too. They went to five pizzerias on the tour.
"I've always wanted to try Chicago deep-dish pizza. It's famous," Goodwin said.
The bus tour guide offers fun bits of information. There are 2,200 pizza restaurants in Chicago. And thin crust outsells deep-dish. That might be a little surprising. After all, deep-dish pizza was invented in Chicago in the 1940s.