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Feb 14, 2008 03:41 PM

Pizza on the plane [moved from Chicago]

Has any one had any issues bringing a fresh pie home on the plane out of O'Hare lately? I'm just wondering if I can still get a pizza through security with out it being confiscated under the Patriot Act. LOL

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  1. I saw some people bringing Giordano's pies on a plane when I flew through O'Hare a few weeks ago. As long as the screener does not determine that your pie is some type of liquid you should be fine.

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    1. re: Annapolis07

      I would suggest having them ship the pies. All the places do it, Lou Malnati's having the most robust system. They send half-cooked on dry ice so you finish at home in the oven. Much better than shlepping thru airport and getting nasty looks from road warriors like me who don't really appreciate taking up overhead space with large sometimes greasy pizza boxes.

      Here is a link to Tastes of Chicago where you can get many of our local chicago foods shipped to you.

      Here's the link for Giordano's

      Finally, the link for Gino's East

      1. re: jbontario

        I'm just not a fan of frozen or or par baked pies. In the past I've just put my pie on the floor. It would be a little rude to stick it in the overhead on a full flight.
        I do agree though. Carrying it can be a pain but it sure is worth it when you get home.
        I guess I might just order one this afternoon and have a late night snack and Sunday breakfast of Giordanos.

        1. re: Docsknotinn

          Just in case you ever decide to try shipping, I've tried a gino's frozen par-baked and if you follow the directions exactly (I thawed first) it was very close to the fresh restaurant pie. either way enjoy.

          1. re: jbontario

            We keep several of these pizzas in our freezer at all times and they are wonderful.

    2. I think a lot depends on how you pack it. Carrying a big, wide, space-taking pizza box to stash in an overhead compartment is selfish and inconsiderate, and the pizza will warm. On the other hand, if you have cooled and cut the pizza into quarters and then frozen it so it comprises a frozen block, that can be easily wrapped up and transported, and should survive a flight in your checked luggage where it will be insulated by your clothes and other packed items.

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      1. re: nosh

        My nearby Lou Malnati's has a large freezer in the carry-out area, where you can buy already-frozen pizzas. You'd have to check but I would guess that their carry-out location in Park Ridge, close to O'Hare, also has them.

        1. re: nosh

          I'm in a hotel so freezing pizza slices would be a bit difficult. Not that I would wrap frozen pizza sices in my cloths any how. As I said earlier I used to put the boxes on the floor or just hold them. I guess I'm bit confused by the rude and inconsiderate comment. The airlines determine carry on size not I. Unless the box is actually over size I just don't see how it's inconsiderate.

        2. D

          Giordano's (jfood's favorite) used to make a Pop-a-Pizza which was about half baked. He used to bring 2 home every month from chicago (canadian bacon is his favorite). And yes they do fit under the seats of American Airlines (2 actually).

          Jfood has not tried since the new regs but would guess they are OK.

          Heading to the Windy City tomorrow for the night. Maybe a Giordanos is in the cards.

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          1. re: jfood

            The closest Giordano's location to O'Hare Airport is just north of the River Road exit from I-190, the main access road to O'Hare:

            9415 W. Higgins Rd.
            (847) 292-2600

            The closest Giordano's location to Midway Airport is a half mile south of the main terminal building:

            6314 S. Cicero Ave.
            (773) 585-6100

            Call ahead with your pizza order so you don't have to wait 30-45 minutes for them to bake it.

            I don't know if either of these locations will freeze your pizza for you; you'll have to check with them. I have not seen a freezer full of frozen pizzas at other Giordano's locations the way I have at my local Malnati's. If you ask them about pre-frozen pizzas, let us know what they say!

            1. re: nsxtasy

              Thanks for the suggestions. Looks like we will be spending another night thanks to Northworst.....errr I mean NW so it's a non issue. At least this time. They do have a mini UNO pizza in the airport. Not half bad in a pinch.

          2. I have brought pizzas on-board when traveling to bring to friends in other areas of the country. I never had a problem with the airlines or with fellow travelers. In fact, it usually ends up being a upbeat topic of conversation. I can't imagine why anyone would consider bringing pizza(s) on a plane rude or inconsiderate. You've paid for your ticket just as everyone else and you're entitled to bring whatever the airlines approve on-board. It'll be well worth it in the long-run.

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            1. re: wineaux

              Because everyone can smell it but you're not sharing?

            2. is there any way of getting pizza shipped to Canada..or is it impossible with cross-border regulations??