5@5 - Radio host Steve Dahl
January 13th, 2011
05:00 PM ET
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5@5 is a daily, food-related list from chefs, writers, political pundits, musicians, actors, and all manner of opinionated people from around the globe.

Since we just hit you with a pretty gut-punching interview with Chef Suvir Saran on the subject of HIV/AIDS activism and the disease's impact on the food world, we decided to lighten things up a bit this afternoon with a good old-fashioned food fight courtesy of the original shock jock, Steve Dahl.

Besides being a popular radio personality, Dahl considers himself somewhat of a pizza aficionado - and now, he's throwing down the gauntlet declaring deep-dish Chicago-style pizza the best in all the land. What say you New York?

Five Reasons Chicago Pizza is the Best: Steve Dahl

1. "Because the pieces are so large, thick and cheesy, you can usually only eat one or two pieces, so there are always plenty of leftovers."

2. "The best part about Chicago pizza leftovers are that they reheat splendidly in the microwave, due to their thickness and consistency and you don’t have to do any work besides eat it again!"

3. "Chicago pizza can be used as a spare tire in a roadside emergency."

4. "It keeps us all fat and warm for when the Hawks blows off of Lake Michigan."

5. "Its origins are suspect, just like many of our politicians."

Attention pie lovers: thick or thin crust? Lots of toppings or just cheese, please? Slice up the comments.

Is there someone you'd like to see in the hot seat? Let us know in the comments below and if we agree, we'll do our best to chase 'em down.

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  1. tryecrot

    Yes there should realize the opportunity to RSS commentary, quite simply, CMS is another on the blog.

    August 27, 2011 at 7:13 am |
  2. kronoslinger

    has anyone ever been to DaVinci's in Knoxville??

    January 17, 2011 at 11:39 am |
  3. correct

    WRONG. NY pizza is best.

    Long Live New York.

    Chicago sucks.

    January 17, 2011 at 10:04 am |
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    January 17, 2011 at 9:39 am |
  5. kei

    I grew up on New York-styled pizza and I still believe it is the best when it is fresh. Thin crust or Sicilian... just awesome. However, after eating at Lou Malanti's in Chicago last spring, I have to admit that Chicago-styled pizza leftovers taste better than NY-styled pizza leftovers. The textures just hold up or heat up better the next day.

    January 17, 2011 at 9:05 am |
  6. Greg Gilbert

    Chicagoans have the best thick pizza because they know you have to wait for it to cook a while. It's not Chicago pizza if after you order they don't say, "It's going to be an hour or more wait"

    January 17, 2011 at 8:54 am |
  7. Michael60647

    I'm a native Chicagoan, had my first pizza from Leona's in the early 50s, when they were still on Belmont.
    Best pizza ever is Chicago style, thin crust, cut in squares (not wedges).
    There is no better pizza than in Chicago.
    I alternate between Salerno's (great cheese) and La Gondola (best overall).

    January 17, 2011 at 7:36 am |
  8. Heather

    I lived both in the east coast and here in Chicago. I can tell you right now, Chicago pizza is awful! Not just their deep dish but all of it. I have yet to find one that tastes like pizza should. They do something weird to the sauce here and even the thin crust is weird, it's like eating cardboard. Though nothing is as horrid as deep dish. Give me new york style any day.

    January 17, 2011 at 7:07 am |
  9. john sr

    don't know if anyone mentioned it or not.. but one of my pizza memories is the wonderful white pizza we had in Scranton, PA. Never have seen it anywhere else... White cheese ... two crusts... onion and I don't remember the sauce.. but that was so good.... wish I had one now.

    January 17, 2011 at 3:32 am |
  10. Steve Johnson

    My kid went to school at the Universityu of Missouri in Columbia. They had a place called Shakespears that had the best pizza ever. The ussed a whole wheat crust and just the correct about of cheese and toppings. nothing better

    January 17, 2011 at 1:01 am |
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