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Marie Oct 17, 2005 10:28 AM

Hi!! I'm gonna be in Chicago on Wednesday night and was inquiring about GINO's PIZZA? Where are is it located? Is it worth it? Share your thoughs.. thanks!

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    Lupercalia Oct 17, 2005 11:15 AM

    The most overrated of name Chicago pizzas, in my book. Bready and tired-tasting. Lou Malnati's offers a much fresher-tasting example of the same style, not that that's my favorite style anyway. There's one within a reasonable distance of almost anywhere in the city.

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    1. re: Lupercalia
      grassynoel Oct 17, 2005 01:59 PM

      Please don't waste your calories at Gino's which is a tourist trap.

      Previous posters are correct, Lou Malnati's and Pizzaria Due's are way better. If you go to Lou Malnati's, I recommend their sausage pizza. Rather than a cheeze pizza with crumbled balls of sausage on it, this pizza has a thick, solid sheet of sausage over the entire pie. It sounds disqusting, and I suppose it is, but it is really yummy!

      1. re: grassynoel
        Marie Oct 17, 2005 02:26 PM

        The problem is it's going to be a very tourist trip and I have no control of that.

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          Zippy Oct 17, 2005 07:59 PM

          Jeez, Marie, take the advice here! DO NOT GO To Gino's.
          Picture this: A pie from Lou's.....

          Image: http://fbaa.us/companies/images/deepd...

          1. re: Zippy
            grey gardens Oct 19, 2005 01:36 PM

            Agreed. If you had your heart set on Gino's, why did you ask? I took out of town guests to the Gino's on Wells (because they haaaaad to go there) and we had a bad experience. The restaurant wasn't the cleanest and service was poor. The pizza is bland and there are such better places here. While Pizano's is my absolute favorite, I would say go to Malnati's, because you will get great pizza and a hardcore Chicago-pizza experience.

          2. re: Marie
            Sredni Vashtar Oct 18, 2005 01:06 PM

            All three pizza joints--Unos's, Malnati's, Gino's-- are located in the same area (River North neighborhood), immediately north of the Loop, within a few blocks of each other.

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        Ron A. Oct 17, 2005 11:23 AM

        The original downtown Gino's moved from its original location and now is located in the 600 block of North Wells. There also are a number of locations in the suburbs.

        For Chicago-style pizza, I actually think you can do better. Pizzeria Due is one of our favorite places to take out-of-town guests for Chicago-style pizza. It is located in the 600 block of North Wabash. It is a relatively small place, with more character and atmosphere than the new Gino's.

        Lou Malnati's also is a personal favorite. They have a number of locations in the city and suburbs. Their main downtown location evidently is at 439 N. Wells.

        In my opinion, both of these places are better than Gino's.

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          Marie Oct 17, 2005 02:24 PM

          what's the differance btw all the places you mentioned?

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            Ron A. Oct 17, 2005 03:48 PM

            There is not a huge difference. I personally just think that the pizza generally is better at Due (and Uno) and Lou Malnati's. Gino's pizza certainly isn't terrible, but personally I think that it has a little too much sauce.

            1. re: Marie
              Sredni Vashtar Oct 18, 2005 01:00 PM

              Malnati's does a great butter crust on their deep dish--be sure to ask for your pizza with that crust.

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            BR Oct 17, 2005 01:25 PM

            The recommendations of Malnati's are well stated -- it's much better than Gino's, Uno's and Due's. Pizano's is identical in taste and texture to Malnati's and there are Pizano's and Malnati's throughout the downtown area. If you need more specific geographic info, let us know where you'll be staying.

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              Marie Oct 17, 2005 02:23 PM

              Honeslty, I'm gonna past on UNO's since it's a chain and I could find it in CT. I respect your notes and will most likely check out Gino's. I'll look it up on the net... thanks!!!

              1. re: Marie
                Ed Fisher Oct 17, 2005 02:57 PM

                The one Pizzeria Uno downtown is not operated by the chain. It's also far, far, far better than the chain Uno's, which is dreck.

                You really should go to Malnati's, or Pizano's, or something other than Gino's.

                1. re: Ed Fisher
                  Lupercalia Oct 17, 2005 03:34 PM

                  This is the Net. You are looking it up, no?

                  Uniformly, people who live here are telling you a better choice or two than Gino's. If you are unable to change plans to adapt to that advice, why ask for it in the first place? Really, this is tough love here. Go somewhere else and thank us later.

                  If you need basic info on Gino's, a directory will help you. If you want a better pizza, take our advice and go to Malnati's or Pizzeria Uno which are located within the same tourist areas as any Gino's. (I don't like Uno as well as Malnati's but Ed Fisher is quite correct that it bears no resemblance to the lousy chain bearing the same name and passing itself off as Chicago pizza.)

                  Link: http://www.lthforum.com/bb/viewtopic....

                  1. re: Ed Fisher
                    BR Oct 17, 2005 04:16 PM

                    Although I much prefer Pizano's and Malnati's, I do agree that the Uno's downtown is very good and nothing like the chain version. Gino's, on the other hand, seems to have slipped and then slipped some more. I'd care if we didn't have so many good pizza places in this city, but of course we do so who cares. But I certainly wouldn't let any of my friends from out of town go to Gino's for "Chicago deep dish" pizza.

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                Viewer Oct 17, 2005 03:09 PM

                I've got to post a defense of Gino's East.

                I agree that Lou Malnatti's is one of the best, but so is Gino's. Their cornmeal crust is unique, with a sauce that is flavorful, but straight-forward (similar to Lou Malnatti's).

                And if you are a visitor to Chicago, don't minimize the "tourist" factor of the visit. (ok, Gino's east on Wells is pretty loud and there is usually a wait).

                Why only one pizza anyway?

                If I was hosting a guest in Chicago, I'd be inclined to take them to Gino's.

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                  RSMBob Oct 19, 2005 03:35 PM

                  Well, if you can't tell...Chicagoans are PASSIONATE abou their pizza.

                  One clarification is needed...are you talking about GINO'S pizza or GINO'S EAST pizza? Everyone has pretty much offered their thoughts on GINO'S EAST, the multiple location more well-known place. Despinte the negative reviews, I think it's a great albeit touristy place...the pizza is most unique and you will enjoy it.

                  If you are talking about GINO'S, it is a one location place just N of downtown. One person wrote about it in his reply to you. It is a much lower-key place for pizza and beverages and I have generally heard good things about it.

                  Wherever you go...enjoy!

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                    Cal Jan 17, 2006 10:11 PM


                    Wife and kids love DUE more balanced pie with crust sauce cheese and sausage. And, I like Malnatis with extra sauce and extra cheese. So to settle our dispute we went together to Ginos East and you know what this Pizzza satisfied both of our tastes for once family and I didnt fuss. Anyone of three Pie places above Gino's,DUE or Malnati's is true Chicago world famous Deep Dish Pizza. GO FOR IT ENJOY YOUR PIE AT GINO'S EAST.

                    Cheers Cal

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