Lou Malnati’s Lou Malnati’s has several locations. Luckily, one is just a few blocks from our hotel. Good thing we didn’t make a long drive for this one. All four of us thought it stunk!

Starting with the Stuffed Spinach Bread, it looks so damn good, especially when you cut it open and the cheese oozes out. There was no spinach flavor though, just green stuff that looked like pesto mixed into the not-so-great processed cheese. The shell/crust, whatever you want to call it, was hard and crunchy.

spinach bread 1 spinach bread 2

Next, the Malnati Salad: romaine, black olives, chopped tomatoes, sliced mushrooms, genoa salami, and gorgonzola cheese. The ingredients were fresh but the dressing was so sugary, even Lon didn’t want it, nor did our friends, and the bowl left half full.

For pizza’s we ordered “The Lou” figuring that the name was a good sign, but it was terrible. It’s made of spinach, mushrooms, and tomatoes, with a blend of mozzarella, romano, and cheddar. Part of the problem is that they just use bad cheese, processed junk. The vegetables were not seasoned. The crust, this one has their signature butter crust, tasted no different than the other one, both were flavorfless cardboard.
The Lou

The sausage pizza had edible chunks of sausage, and the rest was pitiful. Again, bad cheese, the sauce had no flavor, cardboard crust.
with sausage

The Peanut Butter Pizza was the only thing anyone at our table liked, and how bad can a warm peanut butter cookie with ice cream and caramel be?
cookie pie

What a sad sad way to end our eating trip of Chicago. All four of us, of varying taste preferences unanimously agreed, Lou Malnati’s was absolutely terrible.
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