After our disappointing lunch at Pizzeria Uno, I admit that we were a bit anxious to find a good deep dish pizza in Chicago. Not that we thought it was impossible, but, being there few days, we really wanted to go to a good place that would erase our past experience. And we did. After a walk to the Navy Pier, we looked up pizza places and ended up at Gino’s East, a homegrown chain that serves an amazing pizza. I know that the term chain gives a negative image of the place, but, in this case, it should not. They have places in quite few cities, except unfortunately New York, but who knows, maybe one day! I would surely love to see them in the Big Apple, their pizza being superb: the crust has this golden color and texture that I could have sworn was because of corn meal, but no, it is due to the olive oil they put in it. It comes with a deliciously sweet tomato sauce, that tops a large amount of cheese (we asked for extra cheese and some blue). The pizza cooks for 45 minutes and comes very hot in a cast iron dish. After the first bite, you do not care that you might burn your mouth eating it: it is so good and flavorful. You get the crunchiness and crumbliness of the crust with the sweetness of the tomato sauce and suddenly the flavor of the cheese, especially the blue that pairs well with the tangy tomato sauce. Sublime!
As it takes some time for the pizza to cook, our waiter suggested to order a salad that was welcome after a long walk. We chose the house salad, composed of romaine, arugula, kalamata olives, cherry tomatoes and croutons (we asked for no red onions).
Overall, we had a great time at Gino’s East: the service was really good and the pizza fantastic. Know that if you are not lucky to have them in your neighborhood, they ship pizza in the US. I have never tried it but after such feast, I may...
Enjoy (I surely did)!
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Gino’s East - 162 E Superior Street, Chicago, IL 60611