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Feb 21, 2007 11:38 PM

Good Pizza near Fairmont Hotel

Flying in Sunday for a biz meeting on Monday. Looking for the "real deal" near the Fairmont hotel on Columbus.

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      1. These two topics have extensive discussions of Chicago-style pizza:

        The biggest chains for great Chicago-style pizza are Giordano's, which has a double-crust "stuffed" pizza, and Lou Malnati's and Gino's East, which have a single-crust "pan" pizza. All of these are absolutely delicious, IMHO, although many people argue endlessly over which is the best of these. (My personal favorite is Giordano's, because I love their crust along the edge the best, but I like all of them.)

        The closest location to the Fairmont is Giordano's in Prudential Plaza, only a short block from the Fairmont:

        135 E. Lake St.
        (312) 616-1200

        The closest locations of Lou Malnati's and Gino's East are about a mile from the Fairmont:

        Lou Malnati's
        439 North Wells Street

        Gino's East
        162 E. Superior St
        Phone: 312-266 DEEP (3337)

        1. Pizzeria Uno and Due are quite close ($5 cab ride or less...) Personally, I'd go there for traditional Chicago deep dish.

          1. No arguments here! Just two sugestion's:

            Bacino's Pizzeria on 75 E. Wacker Drive (312) 263-0070; is simply the best Pizza downtown.
            A close second is Ricobene's on Lake & Wells.

            I do like Giordano's as well, but for the best stuffed deep dish pizza Bacino's really is superior.

            On Lou Malnati's; Sorry but I cant support any recommendation to this place with a clear conscience, but there are millions of satisfied customers and there are many Chowhound supporters of it so I'm obviously a minority here. Truth is, I hold no love for this place, and since I like my pizza's with a good quality sausage on them, Lou's just doesn't cut it. In fact, their sausage is simply awful, its a greasy pale grey, flavorless manhole cover that cant be escaped if ordered on your pizza. The crust is good, but not great but only if you take the .75 upgrade to a butter-crust, which is well worth it since the regular original crumbly crust is much like a bad pastry pie crust.

            I'm sad to say, but both Uno's & Gino's East just aren't what they used to be, they are now just tourist stops; kind of like going out to Des Plaines to see what the very first McDonald's (store #1 museum) looked like in its heyday and nothing more.