Fox Valley, Illinois: Gino's East, Giordano's, or Lou Malnati's?

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2011/08/27 03:47:32 (permalink)

Fox Valley, Illinois: Gino's East, Giordano's, or Lou Malnati's?

I am going to be in Illinois' Fox Valley a few days from now, and I am torn between Gino's East, Giordano's, and Lou Malnati's for Chicago-style pizza.  What do the experts on these boards recommend?
 
My motel is in St. Charles, by the way.  According to my research StC has both Gino's East and Giordano's, while Geneva has Lou Malnati's.
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    Wintahaba
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    Re:Fox Valley, Illinois: Gino's East, Giordano's, or Lou Malnati's? 2011/08/27 08:52:06 (permalink)
    When we lived in the area, we always preferred Malnati's in downtown Naperville. I have never been to the Geneva location, though.
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    Re:Fox Valley, Illinois: Gino's East, Giordano's, or Lou Malnati's? 2011/08/27 17:55:54 (permalink)
    malnatis hands down
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    Re:Fox Valley, Illinois: Gino's East, Giordano's, or Lou Malnati's? 2011/08/27 19:04:49 (permalink)
    Malnati's in Geneva is a delivery pick up location only. Giordanos has a location in St Charles on the east side near Pheasant Run Resort and serveral other hotels. There is a Gino's East a little further west along Rte. 64 which is St Charles Main Street. It's been awhile but I thought the pizza was pretty good. Being a local to this area, we prefer Charlie Fox Pizza which has a sit down restaurant in St. C west of Randall Road on Rte. 64, they have deep dish but we prefer the thin crust.
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    Re:Fox Valley, Illinois: Gino's East, Giordano's, or Lou Malnati's? 2011/08/27 19:11:20 (permalink)
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    I prefer Lou Malnati's of those three choices.  There is one in Naperville, perhaps a 20 minute drive from your location, mostly south.  It's in an old fire station and enjoyable.  The sausage is an ingredient not to be missed.
     
    Next, my preference would be Giordanos where we seems to always end up with variations including garlic and spinach.  The cheese level is incredible.
     
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    Re:Fox Valley, Illinois: Gino's East, Giordano's, or Lou Malnati's? 2011/08/28 01:11:40 (permalink)
    Looks like there's a Charlie Fox's in Geneva, too!  http://www.charliefoxsgeneva.com/
     
    Its address is East State Street, so I don't have to worry about parking in downtown as opposed to a big parking lot you find outside of Wal*Mart!
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    Re:Fox Valley, Illinois: Gino's East, Giordano's, or Lou Malnati's? 2011/08/28 07:45:38 (permalink)
    That Charlie Fox in Geneva is a delivery only location, there is also one in Batavia which is the one we get pizza from. I have no clue what you are refering to about parking lots.
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    Re:Fox Valley, Illinois: Gino's East, Giordano's, or Lou Malnati's? 2011/08/28 21:17:09 (permalink)
    CTD
     
    You are right about the sausage at Malnati's.  YUMMMMMMMM
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    Re:Fox Valley, Illinois: Gino's East, Giordano's, or Lou Malnati's? 2011/08/28 23:26:19 (permalink)
    Of the three you listed initially I think Malnatti's is a pretty large step up in class.  I live south and have never heard of Charlie Fox's, but I will drive to go get my Malnatti's fix.
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    Re:Fox Valley, Illinois: Gino's East, Giordano's, or Lou Malnati's? 2011/08/29 09:16:24 (permalink)
    Charlie Fox is not a chain but a small family run place with 2 delivery outlets.
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    Re:Fox Valley, Illinois: Gino's East, Giordano's, or Lou Malnati's? 2011/08/30 01:57:44 (permalink)
    kland01s

    I have no clue what you are refering to about parking lots.

    When I saw the mention of Charlie Fox's St. Charles location I got the notion that it was downtown, and I would have to deal with parking on the street, perhaps far away from the establishment.
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    Re:Fox Valley, Illinois: Gino's East, Giordano's, or Lou Malnati's? 2011/08/30 09:51:50 (permalink)
    I have always been partial to Gino's East.  Of course, my first deep dish experience was at Gino's East on Superior St in Chicago some 38 years ago.  Deep dish pizza is like your love.....there is always a soft spot in your heart for your first one
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    Re:Fox Valley, Illinois: Gino's East, Giordano's, or Lou Malnati's? 2011/08/30 10:44:17 (permalink)
    Rocky Enfield -- I absolutely agree about nostalgia. My first deep dish pizza was in the 1970s when I was an undergrad at Northwestern, from a long-gone pizza delivery/takeout only place in Evanson called Dante's Inferno.  Looking back on it, it was probably pretty awful, but I remember it warmly.  Pizzeria Uno (and Due) were in their heyday then, with no franchising or frozen supermarket sales, and were very good, too.  As was Gulliver's on Howard Street.  I never made it to Gino's East in the olden days.  I tried to go there after the Lyric Opera this past January when I was staying at a hotel nearby, but the line was out the door, and I don't have the stamina or patience to wait as I did when I was in college, so I didn't make it.
     
    Anyway, to respond to the OP:  maybe my tastes have changed, but I definitely choose Lou Malnati's when I'm in the Chicago area.  I've found it consistently good at all the locations (both city and suburban).
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    Re:Fox Valley, Illinois: Gino's East, Giordano's, or Lou Malnati's? 2011/08/30 11:46:23 (permalink)
    Depends what kind of pizza you want. Giordano's specializes in stuffed pizza. Malnati's and Gino's East specialize in deep dish. I really enjoy Giordano's stuffed; for deep dish, I prefer Malnati's over Gino's. All three also have respectable thin crust pizza -- cut into squares, REAL Chicago-style pizza ;)
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    Re:Fox Valley, Illinois: Gino's East, Giordano's, or Lou Malnati's? 2011/08/30 12:10:20 (permalink)
    Gino's was my first love but I have jilted her (him?...it?) for Lou Malnati's which I now believe makes the area's best, most consistent deep dish pies.
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    Re:Fox Valley, Illinois: Gino's East, Giordano's, or Lou Malnati's? 2011/08/30 12:41:04 (permalink)
    Just heard on the news last night that Giordano's, which declared bankruptcy earlier this year, is selling 14 locations. Not sure if the one you're looking at is affected. Given the problems they're having, I wonder how quality might be affected. I ate at the one near O'Hare a year ago and it was fine.
    I'm a big fan of Lou's and Giordano's, not so much of Gino's, but it's still good. As for which one, depends on your mood. If you want traditional, go with Lou's. For the stuffed experience, you can't beat Giordano's, especially their stuffed spinach.
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    Re:Fox Valley, Illinois: Gino's East, Giordano's, or Lou Malnati's? 2011/08/30 12:54:47 (permalink)
    I read the Giordano's article, too, and the St. Charles location is NOT on the list of 14.
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    Re:Fox Valley, Illinois: Gino's East, Giordano's, or Lou Malnati's? 2011/09/06 13:49:05 (permalink)
    OK, I got back last night from Illinois, and I settled on Gino's East, a block from my motel in St. Charles!  I got the deep dish pizza (four slices) with a solid layer of sausage, and it was delicious!  I didn't contribute any graffiti, tho'.
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    Re:Fox Valley, Illinois: Gino's East, Giordano's, or Lou Malnati's? 2011/09/06 17:47:05 (permalink)
    Glad you enjoyed it! I like Gino's East now and then too. That location used to be called Tin Cup Pass and had a great funky restaurant in the 1980's. Kind of a cowboy theme with "jails" for some of the tables. They served a drink called "Tin Cup Passout" that they served in a tin cup. I still have 3 of them!
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