It may have been perfected in Chicago, but chefs all over the world attempt to create their perfect version of the deep dish pizza. Our area has two that I recently put to a challenge. May the best ‘za win.
Giannetto’s is located in the historic 100 Center plaza. A Friday night rush hour visit pleasantly surprised us with only a 5 minute wait for a table for two. The dungeon-like interior is interesting and fun. You canâ€™t escape the feeling of being inside a barrel with its curved ceiling and walls. The unique interior still allows for larger parties and has a family atmosphere though a bit on the dark side. Giannettoâ€™s claims to be the first to introduce deep dish pizza to the Michiana area and has created a solid effort. It features a sweeter sauce with slightly soggy crust but was overall flavorful.
The Rathskellar started in the great location where Giannettoâ€™s is now. They closed there and reopened later on Logan Street near Town & Country. The ambiance at the new Rathskellar location isn’t anything to write home about. Walls are covered with sports memorabilia, beer ads, and TV screens. They do have a great game room for kids to entertain themselves while waiting patiently for that slow cooking deep dish pie. They also have a decent salad bar and patrons ranged from couples to childrenâ€™s birthday parties. Where they did put their effort was the delectable deep dish. The cheese went on forever and the seasonings and crust were perfect â€“ worth every minute of the wait.
With either restaurant, Iâ€™d suggest calling ahead with your order to cut down on the long wait for your pie. And donâ€™t shy from ordering a large so you can bring home the leftovers. Both were great heated up the next day.
In a showdown of the interiorâ€™s visual appeal and uniqueness, Giannettoâ€™s easily defeats Rathskellar with a knockout. However, with taste buds in the ring, the Rathskellar takes the belt – skimping on interior looks and keeping to the basics of tummy satisfaction.
401 N Hickory Rd
South Bend, IN 46615
100 N Center St
Mishawaka, IN 46544