Lou Malnati's Pizzeria

4.0 stars 4.0 out of 5 5 ratings
$Pizza, Italian, Restaurant

1038 Lake Street, Oak Park, IL 60301 Directions

(708) 358-0800
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    2 rating
    January 17, 2016

    I went here when they first opened up by my house and the waitress told me a pizza was gluten free, brought it out, let me eat an entire huge piece of deep dish, and then came out and said 'oh that's the wrong pizza' and handed me another one. To which my mom asked if the one I ate was gluten free and she lied straight to our faces and said yes. I was sick for three days because she messed up and couldn't just check in with the chef. Their pizza isn't that good, honestly dominoes is better than this place and they don't lie. The service is also very slow.

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    Celiac
    4 rating
    July 29, 2015

    Thy do have good pizza make sure they do not cut it sometimes they have cut it which is cross-contamination.

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    4 rating
    March 04, 2014

    Good gluten free pizza

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    Celiac
    4 rating Celiac friendly
    September 27, 2017

    805 S State St, Chicago, IL 60605

    The menu says right on that the gluten free crust is made in a sterile environment but it's finished in a unsafe environment. So I asked and she explained that the crust is from a gluten free bakery and then they cook it in the same oven as the gluten pizza. The gf crust is cooked on a pan though so it seemed ok. So far haven't gotten sick and usually I know within minutes if I got glutened so it's an ok from me!

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    3 rating
    August 25, 2017

    1 S Roselle Rd, Schaumburg, IL 60193

    Yes they do have gluten free pizza, but I don't understand why so many people are so excited about it. The crust tasted like a butter cracker, not appealing to me in a pizza crust. The Chicago-style pepperoni topping was nothing special. The only alternative to this was a crust made of Italian sausage, which was greasy and just plain nauseating. The best part of the meal was the bone-in chicken wing appetizers. Not worth the hour and a half wait to get in.

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    1 rating
    August 22, 2017

    1120 N State St, Chicago, IL 60610

    Gluten-free pizza came back POSITIVE for gluten via Nima sensor. Not recommended for Celiacs.

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    3 rating
    July 26, 2017

    85 S Buffalo Grove Rd, Buffalo Grove, IL 60089

    I've tried the GF pizza at this and other Lou Maintains locations and find the pizza crust to be very "doughy," difficult to eat (and cut into) and digest. The Malnati's salad is very good - I get it without the cheese and have not had any issues.

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    Celiac
    1 rating
    July 24, 2017

    439 N Wells St, Chicago, IL 60654

    Crustless = sausage crust. Made me sick! Even disregarding the reaction, I ended up only eating the inside of the pizza because it's just too much sausage. Gluten eating friends thought their pizza was just ok.

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    5 rating Celiac friendly
    July 19, 2017

    1120 N State St, Chicago, IL 60610

    Crust less was fantastic. They even served the pizza uncut to avoid cross contamination from cutter! Absolutely no reaction! I will be back!

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    3 rating Celiac friendly
    July 06, 2017

    439 N Wells St, Chicago, IL 60654

    They have a gluten free thin pizza listed invitee menu I got that with mushrooms and olives. The crust is hard and really pretty flavorless. I am guessing the pizza is cooked in the oven with the other regular pizza's because later that evening at the hotel I felt horrible and ended up taking some Benadryl. I would not recommend this location if you truly have celiac disease and are not just eating gluten free. Against the Grain frozen pizza's are way better tasting

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    5 rating
    July 03, 2017

    8515 Redtail Dr, Village of Lakewood, IL 60014

    Their thin crust is OK, nothing special, but their crust-less "meatza" is really good and satisfies that deep dish craving.

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    5 rating Celiac friendly
    June 20, 2017

    805 S State St, Chicago, IL 60605

    Very good gluten free crust. Yummy pizza. Had no issues.

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    1 rating Not celiac friendly
    June 09, 2017

    8515 Redtail Dr, Village of Lakewood, IL 60014

    My husband is a Chicago native and was very much looking forward to a pizza from Lou Malnati's. Since I have Celiac Disease, my pizza nights are few and far between. I was very much looking forward to this pizza but was not only disappointed in the GF pizza itself but more importantly, it made me very sick. However, I tried the GF sausage ring pizza in 2008 (Wildwood location) and did not have any problems with it at all.

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    5 rating
    May 11, 2017

    8515 Redtail Dr, Village of Lakewood, IL 60014

    I love the gluten free pizza! Although it's not deep dish, the crust is crunchy like deep dish is, just thinner. Highly recommend.

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    1 rating Celiac friendly
    May 05, 2017

    1050 E Higgins Rd, Elk Grove Village, IL 60007

    When my office brings in pizza, they typically bring in Lou Malnati's. They've ordered the GF cheese pizza for me. Frankly, it sucks. The crust is so hard I've nearly broken a tooth on it. And crusts shouldn't create a squeaking noise when you bite into them. It was tasteless and, quite frankly, not worth the money. I only ate them because I had nothing else with me.

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    3 rating
    April 14, 2017

    1120 N State St, Chicago, IL 60610

    I found the GF pizza to be very starchy. It had a cardboard like texture.

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    5 rating
    February 25, 2017

    439 N Wells St, Chicago, IL 60654

    Had the GF pizza with sausage and mushroom. Very tasty, would definitely recommend. The Cabernet was also good.

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    January 30, 2017

    1120 N State St, Chicago, IL 60610

    Crustless GF pizza! They use sausage instead of any type of bread!

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    5 rating
    January 27, 2017

    34500 N. Highway 45, Third Lake, IL 60030

    My go-to gf Pizza when I don't have time to make it at home. It's good. Get extra cheese.

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    4 rating
    December 17, 2016

    805 S State St, Chicago, IL 60605

    Good thin crust pizza! They claim they can't ensure a lack of cross contamination, but I did not get sick and was able to eat with my friends!

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    5 rating
    December 15, 2016

    2848 U.S. 34, Oswego, IL 60543

    We have had great success with the GF pizza here. Very tasty!

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    Celiac
    5 rating
    December 08, 2016

    1 S Roselle Rd, Schaumburg, IL 60193

    Best gf pizza ever!! No gf appetizers

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    1 rating Not celiac friendly
    December 05, 2016

    1 S Roselle Rd, Schaumburg, IL 60193

    I used to work here. They are not careful about cross contamination at all!! They use the same pans as the regular pizzas. Do not eat here if you have Celiac

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    5 rating Celiac friendly
    November 12, 2016

    34500 N. Highway 45, Third Lake, IL 60030

    I love their crispy gluten free pizza small size only.

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    5 rating
    October 31, 2016

    805 S State St, Chicago, IL 60605

    super awesome! they have a thin crust that you can put any of their pizza on, and a crust less sausage pizza. Lots of salads to choose from. 30 minutes for your pizza, and it is delicious. I had "the lou" and loved it.

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    1 rating
    October 14, 2016

    439 N Wells St, Chicago, IL 60654

    Absolutely horrible. The entire restaurant is a disorganized disaster. Horrible. I have celiac disease and I went with a friend who has a gluten sensitivity. I am currently laying in bed in pain. Halfway through my meal I thought I would vomit. My friend is currently in the bathroom vomiting. We both had the "crustless gluten free pizza" I told the person I gave my order to that I had celiac disease. They are the most disorganized, unapologetic, careless restaurant I have been to in years. Also when we asked to split the bill we paid cash...afterward we were all given our change in a lump sum left for us to divide on our own. The processes and organization of this restaurant need serious reconstructing. The whole place is chaos and on top of that I'm now ill. Never ever again. Go somewhere else that is run like a DECENT restaurant because this place would be lucky to be considered decent

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    5 rating
    September 11, 2016

    85 S Buffalo Grove Rd, Buffalo Grove, IL 60089

    Eat here all the time. My son loves the gf pizza and their salad dressings are gf. They are very accommodating. Remember to ask them not to cut your gf pizza, just in case.

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    5 rating
    August 18, 2016

    85 S Buffalo Grove Rd, Buffalo Grove, IL 60089

    Best GF pizza crust I've tasted anywhere.

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    Celiac
    4 rating
    August 07, 2016

    805 S State St, Chicago, IL 60605

    If you go in the evening be prepared to wait, but the crustless gf pizza was amazing! The crust is pure Italian sausage. Worth the wait for us to get gf style deep dish!

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    5 rating
    July 27, 2016

    805 S State St, Chicago, IL 60605

    the crustless sausage pizza was AMAZING!

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    5 rating
    July 26, 2016

    1120 N State St, Chicago, IL 60610

    The crustless pizza is absolutely AMAZING!!!!

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    5 rating
    July 15, 2016

    6649 N Lincoln Ave, Lincolnwood, IL 60712

    We love the gf pizzas here!

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    1 rating
    May 13, 2016

    1 S Roselle Rd, Schaumburg, IL 60193

    I know this review is the minority but we did not care for the gf pizza. The price was reasonable but neither my son nor myself cared for the crust. For me also, the crust left a unfavorable aftertaste.

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    5 rating
    April 28, 2016

    34500 N. Highway 45, Third Lake, IL 60030

    Love the pepperoni pizza.

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    3 rating Celiac friendly
    April 13, 2016

    8515 Redtail Dr, Village of Lakewood, IL 60014

    Tasted like a thin frozen pizza. I watch all my family eating the wonderful thick sausage filled pizzas and look at my sad little gf pizza and I don't even want to eat there!

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    5 rating
    April 12, 2016

    85 S Buffalo Grove Rd, Buffalo Grove, IL 60089

    Great experience! Wait staff was very helpful and knowledgeable. Enjoyed a GF crust with sauce and toppings...no cheese to also make it DF. Great to eat out with huge group of co-workers.

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    April 06, 2016

    131 W Jefferson Ave, Naperville, IL 60540

    GF pizza that tastes great! I had cheese and sausage; enjoyed every bite. Buttery crust is fantastic and nothing like the standard frozen GF crust used by many pizza places. Only available in one size which is perfect for one happy GF person.

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    4 rating Not celiac friendly
    March 22, 2016

    805 S State St, Chicago, IL 60605

    Great sausage on the pizza. The crust was fairly good, a little chewy, but had good favor. The salad dressings are gluten free and quite a few salads are. The pizzas are made in a safe zone, but aren't cooked and cross contamination is likely.

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    February 16, 2016

    1 S Roselle Rd, Schaumburg, IL 60193

    The pizza was good and the servers are always really nice. They seem to be very careful about cross contamination.

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    3 rating Not celiac friendly
    February 01, 2016

    805 S State St, Chicago, IL 60605

    Had the wings and pizza. The wings are baked they're not bad, nothing special in my opinion. I also had the GF pizza, it wasn't bad either didn't think it was anything special. I did get sick, I would say be very cautious and talk with your waiter because it sounds like the opportunity for cross contamination is very high. They do not have a separate prep area for gf foods. They also have wine and angry orchard to drink.

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    5 rating Celiac friendly
    December 30, 2015

    958 W Wrightwood Ave, Chicago, IL 60614

    Pizza was very tasty and they had a great handle on food allergies in general including GF and how to avoid cross contamination. Would definitely recommend.

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    4 rating
    November 01, 2015

    85 S Buffalo Grove Rd, Buffalo Grove, IL 60089

    Agree crust is best gluten free I've had!

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    5 rating
    September 20, 2015

    805 S State St, Chicago, IL 60605

    Just ate the GF wings and they were possibly the best I've ever had. The combination of the baked wings, with a little crispy-ness to them, the slightly spicy buffalo sauce and what has to be homemade blue cheese was a home run or if your watching the Bears play, a touchdown!!! Waiting for the GF pizza next- more to come on that once I've put that down too. Ok- so I just ate the pizza. I can't believe it but they actually pulled off a tasty deep-dish GF crust. It was thin enough on the bottom while being thick enough around the crust. It was cooked just right and maintained an excellent and even texture. It tasted like a buttery crunchy crust but not too hard to where it hurts your mouth. It really was just right. I could only eat about 1/3 of it through because I was already getting full from the wings and this pizza really is filling. You could easily share it between two people and be full afterwards. The sauce is very fresh tasting with a little tangy kick and some chunky tomatoes. The ingredients were also very fresh and still a little crispy. The bell peppers and onion were cut into large chunks which added a unique texture even on top of the aforementioned. Overall- I would have to rate this the best Gluten Free pizza I've had. There was obviously a commitment to making this good and not just have a GF option available without regard to texture and or taste like most places. Great Job Lou!!!

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    Celiac
    5 rating
    July 29, 2015

    6649 N Lincoln Ave, Lincolnwood, IL 60712

    Trying to change the rating on this one they now have a new crust it is not sausage anymore. Pizza is delicious. Just make sure they do not cut it that could cause cross-contamination.

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    5 rating
    July 24, 2015

    1850 Sherman Ave, Evanston, IL 60201

    Best gluten free pizza I've ever tried. Just wish they made bigger sizes other than personal. Finally a good crispy crust that isn't .5mm thick!

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    5 rating
    July 19, 2015

    131 W Jefferson Ave, Naperville, IL 60540

    Best gf crust ever!! No problems with cross contamination in DT Naperville. Can't wait to go back, I have missed them. Now if you could make that skillet cookie GF, that would be amazing!!

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    5 rating Celiac friendly
    July 01, 2015

    439 N Wells St, Chicago, IL 60654

    I had the crustless gluten free pizza. The "crust" was made of really tasty sausage. It was great!! I highly recommend this restaurant if you're in Chicago.

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    4 rating
    June 13, 2015

    439 N Wells St, Chicago, IL 60654

    Decent pizza, the crust was pretty dry and flavorless. It could have used some garlic. The waitstaff was knowledgable. The Caesar salad was yummy. Overall a good experience.

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    5 rating Celiac friendly
    April 23, 2015

    1 S Roselle Rd, Schaumburg, IL 60193

    LOVED the GF crust!! So I had their pizza Friday AND Sunday for dinner! So happy to have a close place that my family and I can enjoy.

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    Celiac
    5 rating
    April 12, 2015

    2848 U.S. 34, Oswego, IL 60543

    Knowledgeable, friendly and cautious

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    5 rating
    April 07, 2015

    85 S Buffalo Grove Rd, Buffalo Grove, IL 60089

    Awesome gluten free pizza. Try the lou gluten free

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    5 rating
    March 28, 2015

    439 N Wells St, Chicago, IL 60654

    Amazing deep dish gf pizza. Get it with the spinach topping!

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    February 01, 2015

    1120 N State St, Chicago, IL 60610

    Pizza is good - not best ever but very good and staff is very informative.

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