Sauce! Everywhere, there's sauce! Credit: CVI Crapcam

What: The Chicago-Style House Special Pizza

Where: Giuseppe’s Pizza and Pasta, 1775 E. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs

How much: $26.50 large; $22 medium; $15 small

Contact: 760-537-1890; www.giuseppesps.com

Why: Oodles and oodles of yummy sauce.

When one picks up a large Chicago-style pizza from Giuseppe’s, the sheer weight of the pie is vaguely startling: It’s heavy.

For most folks, a slice of “normal” thin-crust pizza is a nice snack; add on another slice or three, and you have a meal. However, one slice of the Chicago-style house special pizza here can be a meal in and of itself—and what a meal it is.

A thickish, spongy-on-the-edge, tasty crust. Huge chunks of a savory sausage. Pepperoni, mushrooms, tomatoes, onions and—smothered on the top of it all—a delicious, tangy tomato sauce.

Yum.

It’s that tomato sauce that brings this brick of a pizza (and we mean “brick” in a really, really good way) all together, and the fact that the sauce is placed on top of the pie makes each bite an adventure: Who knows what ingredients lie underneath?

Giuseppe’s offers more than just Chicago-style pizza; thin-crust pies are also available, as are a large variety of delicious pastas and Italian-style entrées, as well as salads, appetizers and desserts. The restaurant also offers a killer Sunday brunch—and every brunch entrée comes with a side of bacon! (On the booze side, whisky/bourbon aficionados, take note: Giuseppe’s selection is pretty spectacular.)

However, whenever we find ourselves at Giuseppe’s, we are consistently drawn to the Chicago-style pizza. It’s just too good.

Just remember: If you have leftovers, or if you’re getting the pizza to go, lift with your knees, and not your back. You don’t want to injure yourself, do you?

Jimmy Boegle

Jimmy Boegle is the founding editor and publisher of the Coachella Valley Independent. A native of Reno, Nevada, the Dodgers fan went to Stanford University intending to become a sportswriter—but fell...