August 6, 2011

Gino's East

Let's play word association. I say Seattle, you say rain. I say Maryland, you say blue crabs. I say Chicago and you say deep dish pizza. I'm not talking about those faux deep dish pizzas full of sugary fake tomato sauce and rubbery cheese found in the frozen food section of your local grocery store. I'm talking about authentic deep dish, the kind that requires you to stand in an hours long line on a hot summer day.
Gino's East is home of the ultimate Chicago-style deep dish pizza. Last weekend, we ordered a medium supreme (sausage, onion, and mushroom) and a small cheese & spinach. They were both heavy and divine. 
Each layer of the pizza held its own. The outside of the golden crust was slightly crispy but the inside was doughy. The next layer was made up of high quality ingredients. Like that sausage? Yeah, it was filled with fennel and tasted homemade. If you go here, don't try to be 'healthy' and skip the sausage. It takes the pizza to a whole other level. 
The layer of fresh mozzarella was melted to perfection. I could die happy eating a regular cheese pizza if it was made with this cheese. Like a young Kevin McAllister once said "Mmm, a lovely cheese pizza just for me". 
The tomato sauce completed the pie. It was slightly sweet and full of chunky roma tomatos. 

Overall, it was a great experience. The waitstaff was pleasant and the blasting AC made it a nice oasis from the humid city streets. The only downside was the wait time. They make the pizzas to order so we had to wait 45 minutes for them to bake up. Also, I didn't try the pasta, sandwiches, or thin crust. But lets be real, you probably aren't going there for anything but the deep dish. 

Gino's East
162 East Superior Street
(Between Michigan Ave & St. Clair Street)
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 266 -3337

(They have mulitple locations AND they deliver)

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  1. Oh my goodness that looks awesome! My sons would really go crazy over that pizza!

  2. Mmmmm....I want a slice right now!!!

  3. Oh, I LOVE Chicago style deep dish pizza! YUM!

  4. Ive been here!!! SO GOOD!!! My boyfriend was not a fan of the deep dish but I though it was great!!! No joke I am going to get pizza for lunch now this looks sooo good!!

  5. We were just talking about taking a trip to Chicago. We need to try real deep dish pizza and not the west coast translation. Truly mouth watering and congrats to your Sister

  6. @Amy and TIffanie: How could he not like it?? I thought it was great! Oh well, to each his own I guess! :)

    @Five Finicky Eaters: Thanks! You definitely should go. Giordanos is also good and tends to have less of a line in my experience.

  7. Wow! Awesome deep dish pizza! I love it and really wish I can eat one in Chicago!! Thanks for sharing!

  8. Wow! I really want a slice right now. Seen it always in travel and living. Yummmm..I'm such a pizza freak. Really am loving your job - eating.. xoxo


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