Restaurants Serving Up a Taste of Home (Original Article)

Seattle is a city of transplants. No wonder we have such a selection of regional delights

By: Amy Pennington | June 2015 | FROM THE PRINT EDITION

MIDWEST MEALS Chicago Deep-dish Pizza at Benito’s Chicago Eatery

Deep-dish pizza from Benito’s Chicago Eatery in Ballard; courtesy of benito’s Chicago eatery The pizza crust is buttery and crackly at this Chicago-centric restaurant in Ballard. Chef, owner and Chicago native Benjamin Kulikowski bakes and serves his pizza in deep, straight-sided stainless steel pans, which allow for the bottom and edges of the pizza to turn deep brown and crispy. This browning takes time, so plan to wait at least 30 minutes for a pie; while service can feel slow, the staff is always affable and accommodating. (While you wait, order a signature Chicago-style dog—$9, with mustard, relish, peppers and, in a departure from authenticity, fresh cucumber slices.) The cheese pizza is simple and delicious ($20/14-inch, $24/16-inch), or go big with toppings piled high, such as the Benito’s Special ($30/14-inch, $32.50/16-inch), layered with sausage, pepperoni, mushrooms, onions and tomatoes, and topped with a sprinkling of pecorino cheese. Ballard, 6201 15th Ave. NW; 206.420.7032;


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