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Eatza Thin Crust Pizza From My Kitchen and Chicago

You guys amaze me. Every day. I hope you continue to amaze yourselves.

I think this a ripely timed post for the carb-loading taper-ers amongst us ๐Ÿ˜€

And ps, if you are coming to the Chicago Marathon, be sure to check out my work blog for the posts about navigating and organizing your time here and (posting tomorrow) the best places to fuel and refuel! And you know I won’t let you down there!

I was going to post this last week but decided that it would be even more spot on today. And I totally couldn’t wait any longer on my Peach Protein Yogurt Cake. I hope you will forgive me ๐Ÿ˜‰


I think that it is safe to say that I like pizza. I lovvvved it as a kid, went off of it for a while (bad combo of 24 hr bug and veggie pizza = couldn’t be in the same room as it for like 2 years), got back into it (thin crust Papa Johns Garden pizza–the tomato slices changed it for me to something magical), stopped eating it again, then got back into it when Alex and I discovered this amazing place near us and also got into frozen pizza nights. The affair has continued.

And lastย weekend, I had it 2 nights in a row. Andย you know that I will be having some more in the next few days. Also, Pizza Cakeย anyone?

pizza cake

I like my pizza in a particular fashion:

  • thin, crispy, almost flaky crust, preferably wood fired. Or puff pastry/tarte crust
  • all the toppings (veggies GALORE)
  • non-sausage/salami type. I love, love sausages and such, but my stomach can’t handle it. I’ll do chicken sausage, but I have to add it (and know that I can handle it). Other than that, let’s go.
  • well seasoned (salt, pepper, red pepper, thyme/parsley, maybe garlic powder)
  • light light cheese (or just a touch of parm)
  • red sauce, bbq, or creme freche (on the TJ’s pizza)
  • fresh basil (with red sauce)

Essentially, the opposite of Chicago Deep Dish. Sorry. But I’m not sorry. I would rather have a corn bread biscuit with a bowl of chunky marinara. Would be way more into that.

Some people like to say that if it doesn’t have cheese, it isn’t pizza. Well, some people also say that decaf coffee is “like a hooker who only cuddles.” I beg to differ. And I don’t have time for haters. I will gladly let them eat things they don’t like or that make their stomachs hurt. Meanwhile, I’ll be enjoying my pizza.

So what are my favorites? Welllllll.

Last Saturday night, we had California Pizza Kitchen’s White Pizza. CPK makes the best frozen thin crust pizza, INHO. I adore their bbq chicken pizza, the margerita is great to add things too, I used to be all about the Hawaiian single, and I even really liked the Greek. But we have decided that the white pizza is our favorite of these.

Blaze pizza. You make it EXACTLY what you want. And it’s thin crust.

blaze dinner

(Discontinued) Trader Joe’s Puff Pastry Pizza/Tart. I was obsessed with this. It was basically a tart, the simplest thing ever–puff pastry ย with tomato slices and a brush of garlic and basil. Goodness me.

Trader Joe’s Maitre Pierre Tarte d’Alsace (the mushroom one is good too). Caramalized onions, ham, gruyere, creme freche. THIS. IS. A. MAZING. I have probably had this 4 times in the past 2 months. And that is because other pizzas were involved. The crust is just basically my dream–thin, just enough of a butteryness to feel decadent. The right amount of everything.

TARTE d alsace pizza suzlyfe

Every pizza that we had in Rome. I had one of the least impressive pizzas ever in Rome (the first time that I went), but during our honeymoon, we had the best pizzas (and food). I will (some day) do a recap of our trip, and the food will obvs be prominently featured.

My Winter Harvest Pizza. I am so looking forward to making this again. Beets, chicken sausage, mustard, cottage cheese, squash, spinach/arugula. Just fantastic. And yes. When I make it again there will be better pictures.


Cicchetti’s Flatbread. Whatever it is, it will be good. They make baloney (gourmet baloney, at least), spinach, asparagus, ricotta, and pepperocini work. That is magic, folks. And every bite was incredible.

cicchetti salad pizza ravioli suzlyfe

Volare’s prosciutto, artichoke, ricotta, basil. Classic and perfectly made. Buffalo mozzarella that just pulls apart, an amazing sauce.


Sable. Their flavors rotate, but we have had one that featured mushrooms and one that was duck confit. The duck confit was a bit rich for my taste, but I loved the other toppings. The mushroom one that we had (last summer) as incredible, though. Their crust and the seasoning on it is truly fantastic, and then you add to that some really great flavor combos with A+ ingredients, and well, you know.

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Cantina Laredo’s Steak, Cherry Salsa, Mushroom, and Queso Fresco Flatbread. On the heavier side, but the flavors absolutely sang. Cherry + steak+ mushroom = glory.

cantina laredo mains Collage

Fry Springs Pizza margherita. (Charlottesville) The pizza that brought me back to the promised land of freshly made pie. We’d add chicken to it, and I would “gift” Alex the extra cheese. Dipped in their house balsamic vinaigrette, holy bananas. Fresh basil, perfect sauce, fresh mozzarella, fire oven seasoned and crisp. Many a date night was had there. It was one of our places, and I miss it. We tried a few others, but always came back to this one. Fresh ingredients, you just can’t beat it.

My purple cauliflower crust/flatbread. I loved this as much as a base for flavor as well as a compliment. And the fact that there is no cheese in the recipe makes it safe for all!

cauliflower crust suzlyfe

We’ll keep it at that, for now. I have been promised a trip to Moretti’s by Mo, and you know that I am eagerly awaiting that, both for the food and the company.

Thin crust vs Medium vs Deep Dish–preferences?

Toppings? Cheese?

Cold Pizza for breakfast?

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  • Reply seetinarun

    Ohhhh…I’m HUNGRY! Pizza is hands down, my favorite food. The permanent answer to “What would you eat if you had only 24 hours to live?” Love it, love it, love it and your pictures are killing me because it is 6:57 AM and nowhere is open to get a pizza fix right now. I love all kinds of pizza but prefer the thin NY style. Really love the ultra-thin Hew Haven style from a coal oven. Don’t like meat toppings – it’s veggies or nothing for me. And by the way, Pepe’s of New Haven – which is always ranked as one of the best pizzas in America – has a very popular pizza with no mozz – just a sprinkling of parm on the top. I don’t usually order it, but it is one of Colby’s faves. So you’re not weird. In fact, you are in very good company! Love this post!!!

    October 1, 2014 at 6:00 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I have heard the most amazing things about New Haven pie–and about Pepe! Is that the one that also has a clam pizza?
      And can we grab a slice/pie together?

      October 1, 2014 at 10:08 am
      • Reply seetinarun

        Yes – it is known for it’s clam pie, too – that’s the one! The pizza is AMAZING! Of course, we must grab a slice together – and with Colby. Table for 3 the next time you’re in our ‘hood! ๐Ÿ™‚
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        October 1, 2014 at 10:37 am
  • Reply Ashley @ Kickashmom

    I love me some pizza! I’m a huge fan of Chicago pizza. The only pizza I don’t like ironically is st. Louis style where I’m from. They put provel cheese on it and it’s just not good but everyone here raves about it. That coffee quote made me laugh. I’ve never heard that!
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    October 1, 2014 at 6:37 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Provel cheese? I will have to look it up! I respect Chicago pie, but I would choose a thinner option. That said, the cornbread crusts are amaaaazing.

      October 1, 2014 at 10:09 am
  • Reply Lisa @ Running Out Of Wine

    I definitely prefer thin crust. After growing up in NY I can never find pizza in Maryland that compares, but Chicago looks like it has some nice options:) If I am in the mood cold pizza in the morning is the best. I’m pretty sure I ate pizza for breakfast tin college all the time.
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    October 1, 2014 at 6:42 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I think that my mom would gladly live off of pecan pie and cold pizza and a glass of wine. No contest.

      October 1, 2014 at 10:10 am
  • Reply Autumn

    All.The.Pizza. Cold Pizza, Hot Pizza, Breakfast Pizza. Your post is making me drool. Must not lick the screen….too late! HA!
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    October 1, 2014 at 7:00 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Haha, don’t hurt yourself now!

      October 1, 2014 at 10:10 am
  • Reply Deborah @ Confessions of a Mother Runner

    You just made me really hungry! I like thin pizza as well
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    October 1, 2014 at 7:23 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      A woman after my own heart ๐Ÿ˜€

      October 1, 2014 at 10:10 am
  • Reply cait @pieceofcait

    WOW these ALLL look FREAKING AMAZING. I know what I want for breakfast.. pizza!!!! the fall harvest one sounds perfect for today ๐Ÿ˜‰
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    October 1, 2014 at 7:46 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Do ittttt. I want to remake it with a fun crust–when I made it the first time, all I had was tortilla!

      October 1, 2014 at 10:11 am
  • Reply Sarah

    im not picky about my pizza. Thin, thick, in between, it’s all amazing. But I do only like it with cheese and non chunky tomato sauce, so I guess I am pretty particular. And now I’m starving and dreaming of pizza, so thanks for that.
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    October 1, 2014 at 7:49 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      So when we go out, we will both be happy because I’ll have my crazy ass no cheese chunky sauce creation, you will have your cheese-smooth tomato sauce creation, and we will have them all to ourselves ๐Ÿ˜€

      October 1, 2014 at 10:12 am
  • Reply Shawna

    i need to make a pizza w/ cauliflower crust asap! i’m with you on pizza pref: thinnest/flakiest/almost cracker of a crust, with ample red sauce and hardly any cheese, fresh basil, and veggies. aka as healthy as possible! i admit that the health nut in me rarely lets me eat pizza, and i don’t miss it at all, but i feel the need to make this skinny sort of pizza now aft reading your post. ๐Ÿ™‚ good luck with the last bit of training for your marathon!
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    October 1, 2014 at 8:03 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      So basically, the health nut in you should let you eat pizza, because you are keeping it super healthy! I don’t think that you can feel bad about that!

      October 1, 2014 at 10:13 am
  • Reply Michele

    Thin crust New york style pizza will always have my heart, growing up around NYC and living down the block from the best pizza place on the planet for years. Pre paleo I ate pizza a lot because the pizza around me was always amazing.
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    October 1, 2014 at 8:19 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      That is very valid. I have had some amazing GF pizza crusts, actually. But as long as the flavors and ingredients are there, I am so happy.

      October 1, 2014 at 10:14 am
  • Reply Sara @ Lake Shore Runner

    After seeing this post I officially have to get to Blaze ASAP. I really like Rannali’s (thin thin pizza) and Homeslice (fun topping combinations). Homeslice is pretty cheese based. No pizza has less than three different cheeses – exaggeration but I wanted to get across the point that it might not be your favorite.

    I had an egg on a pizza from Stella Barra Pizzeria and it blew my mind!

    Last thing – favorite delivery pizza. Hands down Jet’s. One just came to Chicago and it made me a happy camper. You have to go with the square.
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    October 1, 2014 at 8:31 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I REALLY want to try Homeslice–you and several other people have mentioned it. The only sad face is the amount of cheese involved. But we should go with Alex.
      We need to go to Blaze for certain. I llllurve it.
      I haven’t had delivery pizza in forever. Well, I haven’t ordered it in forever. Mostly because Blaze is like 2 minutes from my front door. We should get a Jet pizza and sit on your floor and drink Social.

      October 1, 2014 at 10:16 am
  • Reply Lindsay @ The Functional Foodie

    I am dying with this post. Seriously just scrolling up and down staring at all the types of pizza. I really like this because it is super informative about a bunch of different types of pizza. Plus the pictures are droolworthy. I like thin crust or medium crust. My favorite toppings besides high quality cheese are jalapenos with pineapple. I also really enjoy pizza with squash on it. I once had the sauce made from squash. It was quite delicious. NYC has tons of great pizza, so I feel like I’m pretty lucky.
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    October 1, 2014 at 9:32 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Squash on pizza is seriously delicious. And you totally are lucky–NYC is fabulous for Pizza. I miss Brooklyn Pie! And Seraphina!
      I don’t miss the ones that are the size of babies and cost 50c, though. Those you can keep haha.

      October 1, 2014 at 10:17 am
  • Reply Rae

    Mmm pizza is one of my all-time faves. I too prefer a thin crust, and my favorite toppings are pepperoni, peppers, and onions with mozzarella cheese. Nomnomnom.
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    October 1, 2014 at 9:36 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Sooooo classic. You and Alex would fight over a pie, that is for certain!

      October 1, 2014 at 10:07 am
  • Reply Stacie @ SimplySouthernStacie

    I will take my pizza any way I can have it! The biggest fail in my life thus far is that I didn’t eat any pizza when I was up in Chicago this summer. What was wrong with me???
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    October 1, 2014 at 9:58 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      And this is why you must come back duh

      October 1, 2014 at 10:06 am
  • Reply Brianna @ I run He tris

    We went to Rome for our honeymoon too!! Among other places but the majority of our time was spent in Rome. I had some delicious pizza in Naples. I’m not a fan of deep dish either. I used to only like medium crust, but now I prefer thin crust. You can eat more that way ๐Ÿ™‚ I love cheese but not overloaded with it and if I have leftover pizza, there is no way it is getting heated back up! Cold leftovers all the way!
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    October 1, 2014 at 10:19 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      hahahaha same same same!

      October 1, 2014 at 10:39 am
  • Reply Lacey@fairytalesandfitness

    I love pizza. I prefer deep dish or medium. I don’t ever feel like I get enough when I order thin crust. So since I splurge on my crust I try to go a bit healthy and opt for veggies instead of meats on it.
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    October 1, 2014 at 10:21 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Super valid. I can totally respect that.

      October 1, 2014 at 10:39 am
  • Reply meredith @ The Cookie ChRUNicles

    At first I didn’t love Chicago style pizza because I am too much of a New Yorker but over time, the deep dish thing totally grew on me! One of these days I will make it back to Chicago for my favorite Gino’s East and I even recall eating a double decker type pie somewhere, but I forget the name of it. It wasn’t Giordano’s but that was real good too!
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    October 1, 2014 at 10:28 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      But the real question is could you take on the pizza cake?

      October 1, 2014 at 10:40 am
  • Reply Hilary

    All the pizza! Yum! And OMG that pizza pie haha I don’t think I could handle it!
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    October 1, 2014 at 10:31 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I honestly hope that no one can!

      October 1, 2014 at 10:40 am
  • Reply Caitlin

    You just made me realize it has been way too long since I’ve had pizza, which needs to change soon. I’m spoiled and prefer Joe Joe’s pizza above all others (and he’s on some lame “I just want to relax and not cook or do anything I don’t have to do” kick when he’s home on the weekends…whatever ๐Ÿ˜› ), but Pittsburgh does have some places that I love for pizza, too. I like medium crust (not super thin but not thick, either), and I’m a fan of most things except shrooms and olives and fruit on a pizza. We usually test out a margherita and one other when we go somewhere new to see if they can do the basic one right….if they can, we consider it a keeper. And I will have to look for that TJs pizza next time I go….I need to make a trip there soon. I’m going through powerberry withdrawal ๐Ÿ™
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    October 1, 2014 at 10:33 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      That is shameful but also understandable, as you all did have a ritual pizza night. I don’t like to go to places that are “our” places or have things that our “our” meals without Alex. Marg pizza is an excellent way to rate a place, I totally agree.
      I don’t know who you are without powerberries….

      October 1, 2014 at 10:42 am
  • Reply Lauren @ ihadabiglunch

    Wooo hooo I’ll have to keep this in mind! I think there’s a time and a place for both deep dish (hellllllo Giordano’s double stuffed!) and thin crust. I love CPK’s BBQ Chicken Pizza – that’s so freaking delicious. Their tostada pizza is my favorite, though! And I STILL have yet to try Blaze….let’s make that our meet-up date spot. You have to show me your ways. ๐Ÿ™‚
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    October 1, 2014 at 10:35 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      GAH we need to fix these things.

      October 1, 2014 at 10:38 am
  • Reply Jen @ Pretty Little Grub

    I’m definitely a thin crust person! Lots of cheese ๐Ÿ™‚
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    October 1, 2014 at 12:05 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Then I will gladly give you alllllll my cheese ๐Ÿ˜€

      October 1, 2014 at 3:57 pm
  • Reply Renee @ Bendiful Blog

    Yowsa! For some carb loving action! Now I want pizza and I’m not even tapering! Really though pizza is freaking delicious, I’m a sucker for a quality veggie or meat lovers. mmmmmmm.

    October 1, 2014 at 12:41 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I wasn’t for so long, and now I needddds it.

      October 1, 2014 at 3:58 pm
  • Reply Sue @ This Mama Runs for Cupcakes

    I could actually live without pizza. I don’t really crave it, ever. But if we do go out for pizza, I’m definitely a thin crust kind of girl. The dough of a deep dish is just way to heavy for me!
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    October 1, 2014 at 12:53 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I didn’t crave it for so long, but now the pizza monster is ooouuuuttttt

      October 1, 2014 at 3:58 pm
  • Reply Suzlyfe's mommy, Clare

    hmmmm…….great minds…….:)

    We had CPK’s frozen Sicilian pizza last night. It was just yummy,
    I want more, NOW!

    Because of rain, these past few weeks, Eric and I have been eating dinner in front of the TV. We watch International House Hunters while we delicately “stuff our faces”.
    Pizza just goes so well with what I now refer to as “International Haunted Houses”

    October 1, 2014 at 1:56 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      That is not surprising.

      October 1, 2014 at 3:58 pm
  • Reply Kate @ Baking in Yoga Pants

    Oh my gosh. I know what I will be eating at the airport tomorrow. I love CPK and crave it every week. Thankfully we have one a couple blocks away! Hot pizza, all the time ๐Ÿ™‚
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    October 1, 2014 at 5:07 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      haha, we have one pretty close to us, but we’ve actually not been since we’ve been here! There are so many other incredible options! But we love their frozen ones for when we are in a jam.

      October 2, 2014 at 9:55 am
  • Reply Courtney @RunningforCupcakes

    I like all kinds of pizza but my favorite is deep dish with lotsa cheese! Another reason why I need to visit Chicago!
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    October 1, 2014 at 5:50 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Yes Ma’am. We’ll go for deep dish and I’ll give you a whole pie and I will get a flatbread haha

      October 2, 2014 at 9:56 am
  • Reply Mo (@rushourunner)

    Provel cheese is disgusting. It’s like the white cheese version of Velveeta. I could never survive in St Louis, as their pizza was beyond terrible.

    This is my favorite pizza place –

    I will take you there on a date ๐Ÿ˜‰
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    October 1, 2014 at 6:58 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I Morettis to recover from that. And can it be a 3 hour date as per usual?

      October 2, 2014 at 9:54 am
  • Reply jill conyers

    Thin crust well done light cheese and all veggie! Cold pizza? Yes please!
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    October 2, 2014 at 4:42 am
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      October 2, 2014 at 9:54 am
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    October 2, 2014 at 6:42 am
  • Reply Brittany Lesser

    Ok, now I want pizza!!! I’m going to Chicago in November, I think I may need to get me some deep dish ๐Ÿ˜‰

    October 2, 2014 at 10:16 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      You get whatever you want to make you happy! Love that there are so many options here!

      October 2, 2014 at 11:38 am
  • Reply Kaitlin

    Pizza, pizza, pizza. The more cheese the better and tons of veggies! But no mushrooms ๐Ÿ™‚
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    October 7, 2014 at 7:55 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Hahaha I’ll take your mushrooms, you can have my cheese!

      October 8, 2014 at 10:04 am
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