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Re: It's official. I'm going to Chicago this summer.
« Reply #20 on: May 06, 2010, 06:32:07 PM »
The "deep dish" community is somewhat divided into traditional deep dish and stuffed crust. Some people view them as completely different animals, while I view stuffed crust as a subset of the deep dish genre. That being said, Giordano's or another of the stuffed crust variety would certainly be a worthy addition, as would either Pequod's or Burt's Place in Morton Grove (Burt was the original owner of Pequod's).


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I love deep dish which is why I want to go to "the holy trinity of Deep Dish".  If I can fit in one more then we will go to Giordano's.

I know we can't do eveything I want to do or go everywhere I want to go, so I'm taking a lot of what i get here to plan a second trip some time in the future.
RSMRob.

I love deep dish which is why I want to go to "the holy trinity of Deep Dish".  If I can fit in one more then we will go to Giordano's.

I know we can't do eveything I want to do or go everywhere I want to go, so I'm taking a lot of what i get here to plan a second trip some time in the future.


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Re: It's official. I'm going to Chicago this summer.
« Reply #21 on: May 06, 2010, 07:52:32 PM »
I tend to view stuffed as a variant of Deep Dish.  Certainly a different type of crust.

We will be traveling by train so I will enter Chicago at Union Station and will be staying near the Magnificent Mile.  In fact there is a Gino's East about two blocks from where we will be staying.
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Re: It's official. I'm going to Chicago this summer.
« Reply #22 on: May 07, 2010, 12:00:31 AM »
this thread is killing me! i miss chicago food soo much!!!   i have to say one more time....any place you see a yellow vienna beef sign, its like a safe home.  please go inside and get a pizza puff or 2! for me!!!

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« Reply #23 on: May 09, 2010, 05:15:38 AM »
Portillos is the best beef place. Uno's sold out a few years ago, and I'm not referring to the little sattelites but the 2 main ones downtown (Uno & Dues) Crusts haven't been the same since. Georgios in Crystal Lake, Ill. (He used to work for Lou's) tastes just as good as Lou's, sometimes better. Believe me I am a dyed in the wool Lou fan. I now live in ID. and when I'm not creating my own I cheat and order Lous. $99.00 for 6 last month!

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« Reply #24 on: May 09, 2010, 09:31:19 AM »
Gino's, Malnati's, and Uno's

Also, I need a good Italian Beef recommendation.
I think your "Holy Trinity" choice is excellent, esp. since they will all be somewhat close to the "River North" area in which you'll be staying.  I would say those three are the best deep dish pizzas in Chicago, followed closely by Pizano's (the State St. location is very close to where you will be staying, too, just a couple of blocks off the magnificent mile).  Giordano's is good, too, but I wholeheartedly agree that their stuffed pizza is just a variant of a deep dish pizza.  I have a slight preference for the original Uno's sister restaurant, Due's, so if Uno's is too crowded, suggest you walk the short block to Due's, which is slightly larger.  And I know you're aware that the original Uno's pizza is vastly superior to the junk pizza sold at nationwide Uno's Chicago Grills that have some strange business rights to the Uno's name (but not the pizza recipe).

Mr. Beef and Al's Beef are great places, but my favorite is Portillo's and their restaurant will just be a few short blocks walk from the original Uno's and Due's.  I love their beef/sausage combo.  Matter of fact, most of these places will just be a few blocks walk for you, except Malnati's on Wells St. may be a short cab ride, but if you feel up to it, you can walk to it.

Have a great trip this summer.  I plan to be in the area on a couple occasions this summer, too, and consume some of those great pizzas.

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« Reply #25 on: May 13, 2010, 10:41:18 AM »
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« Reply #26 on: May 14, 2010, 07:02:10 PM »
That could be fun!!
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Re: It's official. I'm going to Chicago this summer.
« Reply #27 on: May 14, 2010, 08:12:47 PM »
I don't recall ever hearing about Pizzeria Ora.  What are they supposedly known for? 

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« Reply #28 on: May 14, 2010, 11:30:31 PM »
I don't recall ever hearing about Pizzeria Ora.  What are they supposedly known for? 


I've never been, but from looking at the pics on their website (http://www.pizzeriaora.com/) , it looks like they make a deep dish similar to Gino's East and also have thin crust.
A consensus of reviews (http://www.yelp.com/biz/pizzeria-ora-chicago) lead me to believe that people like their thin crust better than their deep dish.
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« Reply #29 on: May 18, 2010, 07:24:07 PM »
DKM,  Enjoy your Chicago trip! If you are going to Gino's East that is the original one that started it all. I'm not personally a fan but if you do try it PLEASE don't get onions on your pizza. They are canned and that is definitely not good. My wife still mentions this every time we tell someone that we went there and it was not the best. We personally prefer Pizzeria Due's when we are downtown. If we are in the suburbs, which is where we will be this summer, our best friends have a Malnotti's take-out near them and it is very good and new as of our trip there last year. Mangia!!


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« Reply #30 on: May 19, 2010, 06:53:28 AM »
With all due respect, opm1, Uno's is where it all started in 1943, IIRC.  Gino's East didn't open until '66 or '67.

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« Reply #31 on: May 19, 2010, 08:47:25 AM »
. . . Gino's East . . is the original one that started it all.
And Gino's East was a late comer of sorts that was really spun off of the original Gino's on Rush St. that just closed up about 3 to 4 years ago (the building on Rush St. that it was in was demolished to make room for a high rise ).  And there were a couple of other spun off "Gino's," but Gino's East was the only one of the spin offs that succeeded.  It was Gino's East because it was "East" of the original Gino's.  Another spin off in the area was Gino's Grotto and I spent many a dinner hour there studying for exams at Loyola down the street.

Before I had ever discovered the great Pizzeria Due (sister to the original Pizzeria Uno), I used to be a regular at the original Gino's on Rush St. and use to think it was the greatest thing since sliced bread, as all my previous pizza experience had been with the great "southside" Chicago thin crust pizzas.  Then I discovered Uno's and Due's.  Then Malnati's and all the rest of the great Chicago Style pizzas.  Before my discoveries . . . I used to be skinny ! ! !

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« Reply #32 on: May 19, 2010, 12:25:32 PM »
I want to thank everyone for all your suggestions.  I wish I was spending two weeks there!

As of right know these are the place mapped out and on the list for sure.

Gino's East
Frontera Grill & Topolobampo
Pizzeria Uno (or Due)
Portillo's
Lou Malnati's

We will probably be able to squeeze in a couple of more places, We just need to see how it goes.
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Re: It's official. I'm going to Chicago this summer.
« Reply #33 on: May 19, 2010, 02:53:52 PM »
If you are heading to Chicago,  you should/could check out the Vienna Beef Factory Shop!

It's not the best part of town but it's worth it! 

I would post a link but I'm not allowed yet  >:D

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« Reply #34 on: May 20, 2010, 09:00:49 AM »
Loo, Sorry for the mistake. I was in the middle of something and had to come back to continue writing, so the thought process was  out of whack  :-[ . What I meant to say was that Gino's East,the one that I went to and that I was speaking of, was the original of their locations which BTB has correctly placed into sync for me. I remember the stories of Uno's- THAT IS where it originally started for Chicago deep dish. My thanks for both yours and BTB's recipes,  which for me, have made it bearable to be in Florida and have great pizza again when I get the chance to make them.  DKM , don't forget to try some great thin-crust as well if you have the time. Most of the great people here on this site are very aware that Chicago thin-crust IS the majority of what Chicago pizza is all about.

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« Reply #35 on: May 20, 2010, 11:42:11 AM »
No need to apologize OPM1, we all get out of whack sometimes.  I'm glad, as I'm sure BTB is as well, to have helped in your pizza making endeavors.

You're right about about the thin crust being the majority of pizzas made in the Chicago area and I think many (DKM not included) not from there don't realize it.  Party cut, baby, party cut!

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« Reply #36 on: May 20, 2010, 03:50:02 PM »
Most of the great people here on this site are very aware that Chicago thin-crust IS the majority of what Chicago pizza is all about.

I have made Chicago thin many a time, I simply perfer deep dish.

So give me a good thin crust recommendation and I'll see if I can fit it in!
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« Reply #37 on: May 20, 2010, 03:52:08 PM »
I have made Chicago thin many a time, I simply perfer deep dish.

So give me a good thin crust recommendation and I'll see if I can fit it in!

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Re: It's official. I'm going to Chicago this summer.
« Reply #38 on: May 20, 2010, 04:24:03 PM »
So give me a good thin crust recommendation and I'll see if I can fit it in!

Just considering places in close proximity to the "magnificent mile" or River North area, I have 2 suggestions:

In seconding Ed's suggestion, Pizano's (which I recommended for deep dish also) thin crust is reportedly Oprah's favorite pizza.  It is excellent.  Their State Street restaurant is only a 10 minute walk from Michigan Ave. and Chicago's Water Tower near the area where you will be staying.   http://www.pizanoschicago.com/state.html

My absolute favorite thin crust that I gobbled up from last summer's visit was Pat's Pizza (http://www.pizzamaking.com/forum/index.php/topic,8921.msg77309.html#msg77309). It, like Malnati's, may require a short cab ride up Lincoln Ave.  Actually, a block or two away from Pat's is another Malnati's restaurant. http://www.patspizza.info/ 

In my Chicago pizza report referenced above there were some other recommendations, but you don't want to be running around the busy metropolitan area for such a short visit.  If your wife is anything like mine, you might hear . . . "not pizza again !"

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Re: It's official. I'm going to Chicago this summer.
« Reply #39 on: July 09, 2010, 10:55:12 AM »
Quick update, been to Gino's East and the Original Pizzeria Uno's.  The boys got (and I tried) a thin at Gino's.  So far, yea, they are all that damn good.
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