Deep-dish Pizza, Amore Pizza & Pasta

Chicago’s deep-dish pizza is much maligned outside the Windy City. But for Chicago expats needing a fix, the version at Amore will do in a pinch. They get the nearly 2-inch crust right, and the sauce is appropriately sweet and tangy. Traditional toppings should include sausage, onions, green pepper and mushrooms. It’s OK if you can only eat one slice. Large four-topping pizza $27 ($21 for thin crust), 3945 S. Durango Blvd., 562-9000.

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House-Smoked Salmon Pizza, Spago

Wolfgang Puck pioneered the California-style pizza, using nouveau ingredients that go well beyond sausage and pepperoni. The smoked salmon pizza has been a mainstay at Spago throughout the years, but it’s not on the menu. A thin-crust pizza is built with crème fraîche and silky smoked salmon, then topped with an only-in-Beverly-Hills twist: caviar and gold leaf. Each bite is worth every penny—all 3,700 of ’em! $27, $37 (with caviar), in the Forum Shops at Caesars, 369-6300.

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