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Recreate Ian’s mac n’ cheese pizza at home

Skip the delivery, we’re making Ian’s at home.

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City Editor Ally shopped for ingredients locally at Cap Centre Market. | Photo by 608today

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Can’t bring yourself to order delivery again? No worries, today we’re making a 608 delivery staple at home. We did some digging and came up with the perfect dupe for Ian’s Pizza’s all-time best seller, the mac n’ cheese pizza.

The more you dough

In 2001, Ian Gurfield founded the first Ian’s Pizza location in downtown Madison on Frances Street. Since then, the craft pizza spot has expanded to a total of nine locally owned and operated locations across Madison, Milwaukee, Denver, and Seattle (hey, SEAtoday.)

Revered as a favorite 608 late-night stop, Ian’s is known for its by-the-slice options and unique topping choices — think: cheesy potato + ranch, drunken ravioli, cubano. The Madison Garver and State Street locations also sell ice cream from Ian’s sister company, Calliope Ice Cream.

Calliope, like Ian’s, is known for its unique twists on classic cuisine. With flavor options like Brandy Old-Fashioned, Hearty Breakfast, and Hot Peanut Butter, you’re bound to find something that piques your interest.

Now that we’re all hungry, let’s make some pizza.



  1. Preheat the oven to 500°
  2. Sprinkle the grated mozzarella evenly over your pizza base, then drizzle with creme fraiche
  3. Add the elbow macaroni evenly on top
  4. Cook for about 8 minutes — until the pizza base cooks through and the cheese melts
  5. Remove from the oven, sprinkle with cheddar, and pop it back in the oven for a few minutes to melt the cheese