For our last evening in Chicago, we decided to go for an early dinner as we wanted to watch the finale of Game of Thrones at 8pm, worries that otherwise we would have this last episode spoiled by social media and news outlets, rightfully so. Our choice was Giordano’s, near Millenium Park that boasts lots of pictures of people lifting slices of their deep dish pizza with long, very long strings of cheese attached to it. When we arrived, we thought that we would have to wait a long time, people waiting outside, but, they just announced 15 to 20 minutes of wait time that was quite surprising and reasonable. As we waited, they advise us that we could pre-order our pizza knowing that it cooks for 45 minutes. So did we. 10 minutes later, we got seated, sipping a root beer and eating their house salad, composed of greens, tomatoes, shaved fennel and Asiago cheese.
Seeing all these pies passing by and our neighboring tables getting them opened even more our appetite. Then came our own, a 6 inches pie with extra cheese. We both looked at it with disappointment: it did not have much tomato sauce and looked dry. I desperately tried to shoot a cheese pull that was sad, and the first bite confirmed our first impression: it was dry all the way through, from the very thin layer of tomato sauce to the dough. Too bad because we were really looking forward to it and continued to look at the tables around us with envy.
I was disappointed with our meal at Giordano’s. It was definitely not at the level of Gino’s East when it comes to a delicious deep dish pizza. It was surely because of the size of our pie that was the smallest (we did not want to waste), a size that I do not think they should offer, unless they execute it better. Sad!y….
Enjoy (I did not)!
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Giordano’s-130 East Randolph Street, Chicago, IL 60601