My husband and I will be visiting Chicago next week with our daughters (6 and11). Of course, we want to have pizza one evening. We are in a quandry since there are so many good options. We are staying downtown. Should we go to Uno's, Gino's East, or somewhere else? I was also intrigued by the pizza pot pies at the Chicago Pizza and Oven Grinder Company that I saw on the Travel Channel. Help!
I'm going to go out on a limb and recommend Unos. No real reason except that it's probably the best 'Chicago style' pizza you can find.
Chicago Pizza and Oven Grinder isn't really Chicago style pizza. It is good though ... I'd probably recommend it to a group of people that have been to Chicago and would like to try something with a side of Chicago history.
Since you're coming to Chicago and having our deep-dish pizza for the first time, have the real thing - whether it's the single-crust "pan" pizza at Uno's (original location), Gino's East, Lou Malnati's, or Pizano's, or the double-crust "stuffed" pizza at Giordano's, Bacino's, or Edwardo's. Although Giordano's is my personal favorite, I think any of these is a good representation of Chicago deep-dish pizza.
I do not recommend Chicago Pizza and Oven Grinder Company. I agree with chitowneats that it isn't really Chicago style pizza, it's just something altogether different - a novelty more than anything else.
Uno's is my rec. If the lines are long then walk down the block and go to Due's.
Don't go to any of the outlying locations of Uno's ... none of them make it the original way (as it is done at the Wabash St. location).