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MMM...Gino's East Pizza highly recommended for deep dish 'za

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Came to Chicago a few weeks ago and loved the deep dish pizza at Gino's East. Its nothing like anything we have up in Toronto. After a few slices you feel so full that you never want to touch pizza again. But now, I would do anything to get my hands on another slice. I am craving that pizza like nothing I've ever craved before. Too bad they don't open up a deep dish joint in Canada. In the meantime, thanks Chicago....for your unique'za.

p.s. the restaurant had a nice decor, graffiti everywhere. Family friendly. Also featured on an episode of the Amazing Race....how can anyone resist.

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  1. Yeah, I haven't been to that particular Gino's East for years...great stuff! Unfortunately, the satellite locations are terrible. The satellite locations do not work well for Uno's either. Anyway, Lou Malnati's is arguably the very best in Chicago for deep dish pizza. You can't go wrong at Lou Malnati's, Geno's East, and Uno or Due's.

    I checked with Lou Malnati's customer service and the US customs office will not allow Lou Malnati's to ship to Canada.

    1. I'll disagree to some extent...the satellite locations of Gino's East are for the most part very good...they're still Gino's East. The suburban and nationwide locations of Uno's are NOT Uno's, but rather an offshoot called "Uno's Chicago Grill". While an adequate restaurant in many ways (along the lines of a TGI Friday's, Chili's, Applebee's, etc), the deep dish pizza is nowhere NEAR the caliber of the Uno/Due in downtown Chicago.

      1. I can’t help but think how smart the Canadians are for not allowing Lou's thorough customs. Accept no imitations! Go to this site and they will ship you the real deal Gino’s East: http://www.ginoseast.com

        Watch out! Around this board I've noticed that Lou's gets whole lot of undeserved attention and praise. In this chowhounds opinion Lou's is HIGHLY overrated. My reasons: the puff pastry/filo dough crust makes for a nasty and hard pizza the crust doesn’t "crust" it's like eating pizza on top of a baklava, with that unflavored bland sausage patty that they put on top which is always a gross pale grey color, yuk.

        We do however agree on one thing, most of the Uno's & Gino's satellites really suck. With the Gurnee Uno’s and especially the Liberty- vile location of Gino's East being among some of the worst offenders. Oddly enough, the Gino’s pizza there had a certain puff pastry texture to it as well... hmm, I wonder if they were ordering in from Lou's?

        1. I completely agree. Lou's gets way too much attention on this site. Gino's and Giordano's are the real deal.
          On top of everything you just said about Lou's, I also have to mention the fact that they mix cheddar cheese in with the mozzarella. That is pretty much a deal breaker for me right there, no debate.

          1. On a recent trip to Chiago we visited Lou's cousin, Pizano's (the one in Wrigleyville). Granted we ordered 3 thin crust pizzas, but they were just so-so. Tasted fresh and such, but the sausage, whie good, was quite sparse, and the crust was too biscuit-like, and almost tough to bite through. Now, with our party of 11, including 5 kids, the manager came over and comped us 3 of their cookie ice cream desserts, and all in all it was a really nice meal out after the game, but the pizza left me a little disappointed.

            1. Everyone seems to have his/her own opinion when it comes to pizza. I guess I am an anomaly -- I like both Lou's and Gino's. I've had Lou's deep dish pizza that was just out of this world -- it's probably the best around, IMO. However, Gino's also is very good (including the pizza served at the suburban location in Naperville). I don't understand why Gino's gets slammed so frequently on this site.

              I guess the bottom line is that we're lucky (and perhaps a bit spoiled) in Chicago. We can choose from Lou's, Gino's, Giordano's (not my personal favorite), Uno and Due, and others. In a lot of Midwestern towns, it's pretty much Dominos or Papa Johns.

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              1. re: RMA

                Right on, RMA. Not just "others", but literally hundreds of others. The Chicago area is pizza heaven in a lot of ways, with so many variations of styles and sizes of places from cracker thin crust to pan pizza to Neapolitan style to butter crust to deep dish and stuffed crust. Heck you can even get an upside down pizza pot pie!

                I just returned from a semi-annual visit to see my parents and sisters and their familes in the Chicago area, and I ate a lot of pizza. Without exception, they were all very good or better, even the slices. SoCal where I live has hundreds upon hundreds of pizza places, but finding a good one is almost like finding the needle in a haystack. They certainly DO exist, but you need to get through a lot of mediocre or bad ones to find them sometimes!

                When I'm in the Chicago area and see a Domino's or Pizza Hut, I really wonder how they stay in business there. Me, I'll check here and elsewhere to find some special places, especially the small family-run mom and pop places, places where the food is the most important end-result, not just the bottom line.

                1. re: RSMBob

                  I too wonder have pondered the exact same thing about Papa John's, Pizza Hut, Little Caesars, CPK & Dominoes. It has to be the 2-1 specials and cheep prices that keep 'em coming back.

                  I guess there is no accounting for bad taste no matter what region you live in!