Rathskellar vs. Gianneto’s: Michiana’s Deep Dish Pizza Heavyweigh Bout

by Tracy Molnar on July 7, 2007

South Bend’s Rathskellar’s Deep Dish Pizza

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 can’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. Giannetto’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 Giannetto’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 children’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 – worth every minute of the wait.

With either restaurant, I’d suggest calling ahead with your order to cut down on the long wait for your pie. And don’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 interior’s visual appeal and uniqueness, Giannetto’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.

The Rathskellar
401 N Hickory Rd
South Bend, IN 46615
574-233-0300

Giannettos
100 N Center St
Mishawaka, IN 46544
574-254-9177


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awannabe July 21, 2007 at 1:22 pm

yummy… I love Rathskellers, but now I suppose I will have to visit the new kid on the block too.

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Pat B-B January 9, 2008 at 12:23 pm

What a disappointment. I attended a political fundraiser @ Rathskellar last fall, and couldn’t wait to get home to tell my husband about their incredible Chicago style deep dish pizza! We went there a few weeks later, only to find the place dark and closed. I called the number above today to check on their hours, and the number is disconnected, with no further information. Darn, Marv Moore makes the best deep dish pie in town, and he’s closed up shop after a very short stint. : ( Hope to see him up and running another pizza parlor soon!

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Nicole May 25, 2008 at 11:05 am

Ummm i guess rathskellar can’t be that good, they are out of business once again! And giannetto’s has STUFFED pizza, not deep dish. All in all, Giannetto’s beats anybody in this town.

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Tim January 14, 2010 at 2:40 pm

First you spelled Giannetto’s wrong. Second, I have lived in chicago for about 15 years now, and I don’t waste a dime on Chicago pizza. When I come back to the Michiana area every couple of months, I come straight to Giannetto’s. By FAR the best in the whole area. Rathskellar was a pit! And no longer in business I hear because they were a pit! You can’t put those two restaurants in the same category.

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Cindy Owens January 31, 2010 at 6:00 am

The food was absolutely great. It is very evident that this family cares deeply about the reputation of their establishment as reflected in the service. We had never been at this restaurant before tonight. We do not try new places because we are often disappointed. We both were very pleased and plan on frequently visiting! Cindy Owens

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Nick June 21, 2015 at 4:21 pm

Rathskeller was the original stuffed pizza in Mishawaka. Ie why gianettos moved in after. But the best pizza is Rossini. The two combined doesnt even come close.

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