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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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« 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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« 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! 

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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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« 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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« 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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« Reply #40 on: July 11, 2010, 09:32:13 PM »
OK, since I only had a few pictures, I thought what better than a video.

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« Reply #41 on: July 11, 2010, 09:43:42 PM »
OK, since I only had a few pictures, I thought what better than a video.



DKM,

That was a great video!  ;D  I could almost taste those delicious looking pies.  I really liked the music, also.

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« Reply #42 on: July 12, 2010, 10:45:45 AM »
OK, since I only had a few pictures, I thought what better than a video.


Great video.  Next best thing to being there. When they were dishing out the pieces of pizza on the video, I was saying "where's my piece?" 

Waiting for your evaluation later.  I've been to Malnati's and Uno's this summer and am anxious to visit some more great Chicago pizzerias myself. 
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« Reply #43 on: July 12, 2010, 11:27:17 AM »
Thanks, I'll post my view on the three place in a day or so.  I'm doing a blog (Trains, pizza, and the City) on the whole trip print and will post the pizza part here.
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« Reply #44 on: July 12, 2010, 06:35:52 PM »
Congrats on saving the best till last.

Which location did you go to

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« Reply #45 on: July 12, 2010, 08:53:07 PM »
Congrats on saving the best till last.

Which location did you go to

Gino's 162 East Superior Street
Uno 29 East Ohio Street
Malnati's 439 North Wells Street
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« Reply #46 on: July 13, 2010, 03:30:08 PM »
Good job going to Wells there is a newer one in the south loop that sucked pretty bad when I went last. 

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« Reply #47 on: July 13, 2010, 11:54:10 PM »
Good job going to Wells there is a newer one in the south loop that sucked pretty bad when I went last. 


A mile for the hotel is what make it the best choice for us.  Loved the waiter there, he was a blast.
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« Reply #48 on: July 14, 2010, 11:35:28 PM »
DKM, as displaced Chicago (Northside) native, I am so grateful for the home visit you shared!

I suggest next time you look at a few more places; really, there are way way WAY too many good places to visit.  You could live there 20 years, as I did, and still never get to them all!

As for Lou's, I prefer the Lincolnwood Malnati's -- I think it may be the flagship place, and I like its ambience.  Maybe next time you can get to that one, I bet you'll like it.

It looks like you picked good pan places.  I prefer stuffed, and if you want suggestions on that, I'll be glad to offer my faves.  But you did a great act of kindness sharing your visit with so many of us who miss our sweet home!

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« Reply #49 on: July 18, 2010, 06:15:15 PM »
Clips from my blog about our trip (please ignore any gramar errors)

So we finally arrive in Chicago, take a taxi to the hotel and get our stuff in the room and immediately head out for pizza. Now it so happens that the hotel is a simple two blocks from a Gino’s East joint plus Gino’s has an agreement with local hotels for priority seating of out of town guests and a free order of breadsticks. So we walk to restaurant, give them our priority seating pass (which wasn’t really needed since it was only 4 pm and before the major rush) and once we are seated we give the waitress our free breadsticks coupon. William and Preston (11 & 10) decide to get the individual thin crust (1 cheese, 1 pepperoni) while Angel and I split a small deep dish sausage. Since we were so hungry, we had them bring everything out when they were done, not all at once. So the breadsticks came right out and went right down, very delicious. The boys’ thin crusts came out cut in squares and as a devoted father I tried a square of each. The overall pizza was good, but the crust a little hard for my taste. They also had a lot of cheese, and I mean a lot.

Now it was main event time, our deep dish was out and it was beautiful. Fulfilling all the stereotypes it was in a deep pan and had a thick crust. The dough is obviously allowed to rise in the pan after it is patted out. Lots of cheese and a sausage patty topped with a seasoned, crushed tomato sauce. It was like a dream come true. Yeah, it was that damn good. Angel and I quickly devoured the pizza and we knew then that our trip was worth it.

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A quick history lesson: Pizzeria Uno is where Chicago Style Deep Dish Pizza got started. Despite having the same corporate owners it is not the same pizza served at Uno Chicago Grill, the casual dining restaurant that evolved out of the Pizzeria Uno franchises.

Pizzeria Uno looks like a bar that just happens to serve deep dish pizza. It has a very limited menu and very limited seating. (Tip to travelers, a block away is Pizzeria Due, Uno’s sister restaurant with the same menu, same pizza, and more places to sit.) Like other deep dish places when you go put your name on the waiting list you can order your pizza. Drinks and other items wait until you are seated. So we are told it will be 20 minutes and I order a small half cheese, half pepperoni for the boys and small sausage for Angel and me. We get seated get our drinks and continue our wait (real deep dish pizza takes around 45 minutes to prepare and cook). So our pizzas come out and we are all in heaven. Uno’s pizza had a thick bottom crust with a thin pulled up edge. The tomato “sauce” was very chunky and not seasoned beyond some oregano and parmesan sprinkled on top. I have heard stories that the quality of the pizza at Uno has declined over the years, but as good as these were I find that hard to believe. There was nothing left once the four of us had completed our meal. We spent the rest of the evening again exploring the Magnificent Mile before returning and crashing again. The good news is we were getting a good cardio workout from all the walking.

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If you have watched any Food Network shows where they had deep dish pizza then you know about Lou Malnati’s. Yet again, arriving before the main rush we got seated right away and were served some glasses of water. Heading towards dehydration we all quickly drank it down and I almost felt bad for our waiter as he came to get our drink order and all we wanted was water. He brought us a pitcher of ice water which gone by the time we were done with the meal. This time the boys ordered a medium thin crust half cheese, half pepperoni while Angel and I stayed with the small deep dish sausage. One difference here is Malnati’s offers a “butter crust” for about 75 cents more. From what I could get out of the waiter a seasoned butter is spread across the dough prior to topping. Honestly, I couldn’t tell if it made any real difference based on the other pizzas we had before. The pizzas came out with the thin in a pan similar to the deep dish, with traditionally cut pizza slices, a crisp bottom, but soft top. It certainly wasn’t like other Chicago thin crusts I had seen. Although thicker than the thin crust, this deep dish was the thinnest of the three we tried with a thin, pulled up edge. The tomato “sauce” was a lot like Uno’s but perhaps a little sweeter. Once more the four of us consumed almost everything in front of us and I learned from the three places that I don’t put nearly enough cheese on my homemade pizzas. When Angel asked which one we liked the best Preston answered, “All three were really good.” I can’t add to that.

If someone only had a chance to go to one place on a quick trip I would recommend Malnati’s as it was the best priced of the three and had a more “restaurant” feel to it.

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On the whole, I’d say it was a great trip. How did the rest of the family feel about it? Well I wanted to go to Chicago and they came with me. By the end they were all talking about what we needed to do when we went next time. I’m all for that, there are a lot more pizza places that I need to try.
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