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Rance's Chicago Pizza

Map & Directions 1420 Baker St.
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
  • American, Pizza
  • All Major Credit Cards, cash
  • Delivery, Kid Friendly, Takeout
  • Dinner, Lunch
  • Beer/Wine
  • Not Accepted
  • Free


OC Weekly's Description

Rance’s Chicago Pizza in Costa Mesa is asserting itself by operating under the restaurant equivalent of no safety net. They only sell pizzas and are confident in the stretch of their Wisconin mozzarella, the freshness of the in-house tomato sauce, the quality of the meats, the veggies, the dough. Owner Rance Ruiz has a trump card: Chicago-style deep-dish pizza, those bricks of cheesy crunch, best approached by fork and knife. He’s not a native—by Ruiz’s own admission, he got the idea after visiting a sister who was studying in the Windy City, so there’s none of that over-the-top homages to sports teams and architectural landmarks like you see with too many restaurants that claim to mimic a city’s food culture ala Philly cheesesteak houses and Memphis ‘cue joints—but it doesn’t matter: his pies are as legit as Rush Street, and it’s all about the cheese. It starts as flowing, milky chunks at the beginning of a slice that start to harden with every bite as you get closer to the sturdy crust, finishing with blackened, caramel-esque sprinkles at the end that would work wonderfully as toppings to a hot dog.

Member Reviews

  • halutz-62183 wrote a review for Rance's Chicago Pizza
    on 12/07/12

    Been searching for Chicago-style pizza for 16 years in Orange County and after finding one location in Placentia, I found a better and much closer closer location in Costa Mesa!

    Great pizza and incredible beer selection, including taps from Chicago's Goose Island, one of my old hangouts.

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  • Michael D. on 11/30/13

    It was ok.

  • K P. on 03/15/14

    Rance's favorite stuffed pizza!!!

  • Rachel L. on 03/14/14

    I had the most delicious deep dish with jalapenos, bacon, and meatballs. They also have an awesome salad with cranberries, goat cheese, and candied pecans.

  • Jason on 07/05/13

    These guys are sllllloowww! Add 10 minutes minimum to whatever amount of time they tell you. Busy or not

  • Christopher L. on 05/12/13

    Could take about 40min to get a Chicago style pizza. It's probably best to order take out if you're on a time crunch. Otherwise, order a beer and appetizers and wait.

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