frozen mail order chicago style pizzas
i thought i would ask the experts
which one these frozen mail order chicago style pizzas are the best and which one are the worst?
i live in michigan and i'am thinking order some for a party
HOME RUN INN
Well, we're under a handicap here, because we don't generally buy our pizza frozen. But here's what I can tell you.
I would stick with any of four places: Lou Malnati's, Gino's East, and Edwardo's, and also Giordano's, which you didn't mention but is also worth considering. Giordano's and Edwardo's specialize in double-crust "stuffed" pizza; Lou Malnati's and Gino's East specialize in single-crust "pan" pizza. I don't think you can go wrong with any of these. I like all of them, and Giordano's is my personal favorite. They carry frozen Gino's East pizza in the supermarket here and it's pretty good for a frozen pizza. You can order any of them for nationwide delivery from their websites:
Don't even consider Home Run Inn or Connie's Pizza. They just don't compare with the other places you've mentioned; they serve the same mediocre pizza you can find at your local pizza place anywhere in the country. I would also stay away from Uno's; they still serve good pizza at their original location downtown, but the pizza at their other locations, elsewhere in Chicago and nationwide, is not very good at all. Maybe the frozen version is okay, I don't know.
I've used Lou Malnatis to send to out-of-town family, and I've heard this has worked out well (comes quickly, good quality,e tc.). My friend recently had a horror story of an experience w/ Giordano's (UPS leaving it in its warehouse overnite, etc.)--it may have only been a one-off type of situation, but FWIW, I've always been pleased with Lou's.
I have had the Malnati's frozen pizzas (even though we live near one, they sometimes are convenient). In my experience, the crust is different -- and not as good -- on the frozen pies. That said, they're pretty good, especially if they're your only alternative. In my view, Uno Grill, Home Run Inn and Connies' frozen versions are standard frozen pizzas -- nothing special, and I wouldn't go out of my way to mail order. In fact, they are sold at most Jewel food stores in Chicago and the suburbs.
In addition to what nsxtasy said, the crust may taste more "yeasty" since the yeast has most likely had a longer time to develop. One should also consider the pan that the restaurant used for baking is very well "seasoned" and we don't know what kind of oil the restaurants use to grease their pans, although I'm sure there can't be too many different oils available to an operation that size.
I suspect the pizza freshly baked in the restaurant is different because the restaurants have ovens using much higher temperatures than home ovens are capable of.
I would definitely go Gino's East! While Lou Malnati's is up in the rankings (not by my own preference but by everyone else I know from here LOVING their pizza), I'd have to say Gino's East is the most delicious frozen pizza I've had. I haven't tried all of these, but I have had the Home Run Inn and the Connie's as frozen. Edwardo's I've had at the restaurant, and I'm not a fan. I've never heard of a single person not liking Gino's (awaits flood of potential responses...)!
Hope this helps!
re: Chew on That
This makes me happy cause I just got back from Chicago, having tried Gino's East for the first time and I LOVED it! I think the thing that totally sold me on it was the sauce, even more so than the crust. This is great news to hear that I can get them shipped to me AND have them taste good!