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Aug 29, 2006 07:01 AM

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

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 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:

        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.