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Situated at the outer northwestern edge of the Chicago metropolitan area, Crystal Lake is not exactly conveniently located for city dwellers. But I was willing to make the trek after hearing some very good things about the deep dish pizza at Georgio's.

The first thing I noticed about the sausage-topped pizza ($22, 14") was the creaminess of the cheese, which is not at all common on this style of pie. See, deep dish demands a lower moisture cheese to prevent it from becoming a sloppy mess. The thick but smooth sauce had a nice combination of sweetness and tanginess and the crisp crust was a solid, albeit standard bread. The only disappointment was the under-seasoned and overly chewy sausage.

The day of my Georgio's visit I had other dining stops to make, so I planned on eating just one piece. But the cheese alone made stopping at one impossible. That said, it doesn't necessarily merit an hour-plus drive, but if you're in the area it's definitely a place worth checking out. And with a new location opening soon in Barrington, Georgio's is soon to be a much more reasonable trip for most Chicagoans.

Georgio's Chicago Pizzeria & Pub

75 E Woodstock Street, Crystal Lake, IL 60014 (map)
815-459-8888; georgiospizza.com

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