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RE: Pizza in Chicago 2004/01/12 11:10:35 (permalink)
I haven't been to Chicago in a while. I just read that Gino's moved into the old Planet Hollywood location on West Ontario. When was that? Are they still at the original location too?
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RE: Pizza in Chicago 2004/01/12 11:28:43 (permalink)
Planet Hollywood is closed? My Gosh...what a loss.....
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RE: Pizza in Chicago 2004/01/13 11:00:05 (permalink)
I am guessing the recommended meat on a Chicago pizza is sausage?
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RE: Pizza in Chicago 2004/01/13 11:25:43 (permalink)
As far as toppings, or in the case of stuffed, insertions, it's really all your personal preference. I always dump a pile of hot giardenera on my pizza for good measure. Then again, I put hot giardenera in tuna salad, turkey sandwiches, spaghetti sauce....
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RE: Pizza in Chicago 2004/01/14 14:35:43 (permalink)
Is it true that some of these places do a 'half baked' pizza that one can take home and finish cooking? I am thinking about bringing a couple hom to Cincinnati (I'm driving)
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RE: Pizza in Chicago 2004/01/14 16:30:28 (permalink)
Some do that, but I'm not sure if stuffed or deep-dish places will do it. I do know that Home Run Inn does is, but their pizza is more towards thin crust. You might want to check their websites. I know that Lou Malnati's will deliver pizza around the country.

Additionally, if you order a day ahead, a lot of Italian Beef joints will sell you beef by the pound, along with the juice, peppers, etc.

Good Luck-

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RE: Pizza in Chicago 2004/01/14 21:24:34 (permalink)
Bacino's is my favorite stuffed pizza in Chicago. The also offer thin and extra thin crust pizzas. Their numerous locations can be found at: www.bacinos.com.
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RE: Pizza in Chicago 2004/01/15 10:29:46 (permalink)
Just want to thank everyone for their contributions, I'll let you know how it goes next week in the Windy City.

If time permits, I'll try the German place and a street vendor sausage.
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RE: Pizza in Chicago 2005/04/29 01:55:56 (permalink)
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Originally posted by glennpan

WJ,

After looking closer at the picture, I am positive that it is stuffed. In fact, unless I am mistaken, it is the picture from the Giordano's ads. The sauce on top is smooth.

TJ, if that is the type of pie you want, go to Giordano's. I know they have locations downtown. Try their website.

Glenn


AGREED. That looks like Giordano's most definitely. It's my favorite for deep dish, and it has a smooth sauce. Isn't Lou Malanati's chunky an somewhat watery?

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RE: Pizza in Chicago 2005/04/29 04:03:41 (permalink)
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Originally posted by TJ Jackson

As I mentioned in another thread, I will be in Chicago for a training class in a week or so, and will pretty much be downtown (hotel is on West Adams) without a car -- ie any food experiences will generally be after 5pm and It'd be best if I can walk there rather than try and learn the transit system.

Giordano's. And you really need to give the El a try. That's one of my favorite parts of any trip to a REAL city. (Unlike Cincinnati, which is a glorified town.)

(edited for spelling - and I don't mean Tori Spelling)

Of course not. You'd have to use crayon for that.
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RE: Pizza in Chicago 2006/03/11 10:51:46 (permalink)
I would avoid Malnati's, unless you like a pan full of grease. better to try Giordano's or Gino's East.
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RE: Pizza in Chicago 2006/03/11 14:56:45 (permalink)
I'll take Lou's over Giordano's and their tasteless crust any day of the week. Gino's is a mere remnant of itself. What's your beef with Malnati's? You've disparaged them on at least 6 threads. Someone piss you off there?

Do you actually like anything?
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RE: Pizza in Chicago 2006/03/12 17:41:33 (permalink)
lou may not have started it but it is the ONLY deep dish in chicago, look at their website and see where he came from
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RE: Pizza in Chicago 2006/03/13 09:59:05 (permalink)
I agree with saps on a number of things he recently said. Lou Malnati's serves up one of the best pizzas ever developed in my estimation. Much, much better than the tasteless, doughy filled stuffed pizzas from Giordano's. When you eat one of Giordano's pizzas, all you eat is tasteless dough. Gino's used to be excellent years ago, but has lost it's following for some reason, as it's pizzas are not nearly as great as they used to be. I, too, wonder why bjanuary disparages Malnati's so much. But his view is in the extreme minority. Witness the fact that CitySearch has just within the past week indicated the result of their 2006 Best Pizza in Chicago survey and awarded Malnati's with the Number 2 rating (Home Run Inn got Number 1). I had dined at Malnati's for over 25 years and never, never had a "pan full of grease" (as bjanuary alleged).
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RE: Pizza in Chicago 2006/05/19 15:04:43 (permalink)
Try Frankie's Touch of Italy in Monee IL, which is about 25 miles south of chicago on Rte 57. The pizza is great, thick or thin. They also have a fantastic old fashioned Italian beef sandwich, sopping with juice (as it should be). The menu is inexpensive. The restaurant is a small older building with low ceilings and low lighting. Family run. Deja vu 1960's
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RE: Pizza in Chicago 2006/05/23 16:32:25 (permalink)
Boy, that brings back memories. My wife and I had tried Frankie's Touch of Italy in Monee, Illinois about 15 or 20 years ago. It was a small, older, little place south of Chicago's southern suburbs. Nothing fancy, but we thought the pizza was pretty good then. Surprised to hear that it is still around and that the chains haven't closed it down, but that's good.
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RE: Pizza in Chicago 2006/06/11 23:32:28 (permalink)
Was just in Chicago - was surprised to find the original Gino's East near Northwestern Hospital was gone. When did they move over to Planet Hollywood? In my opinion, part of the allure of Gino's was it's cave-like quality - can't imagine it now as some mega-restaurant with hundreds of seats.
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RE: Pizza in Chicago 2006/06/12 09:30:26 (permalink)
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Originally posted by chicagostyledog

Bacino's is my favorite stuffed pizza in Chicago. The also offer thin and extra thin crust pizzas. Their numerous locations can be found at: www.bacinos.com.

Stuffed w/ spinach and pepperoni was my favorite when I lived there...I still have dreams about it..
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RE: Pizza in Chicago 2006/06/13 12:38:35 (permalink)
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Originally posted by buckeye1

Was just in Chicago - was surprised to find the original Gino's East near Northwestern Hospital was gone. When did they move over to Planet Hollywood? In my opinion, part of the allure of Gino's was it's cave-like quality - can't imagine it now as some mega-restaurant with hundreds of seats.


It's been at least 5 years, but I know what you mean. That place they're in now is an insult (architecturally) to the city. It should be imploded. I never was a big Gino's fan, but their old restaurant had the perfect Chicago pizza parlor atmosphere.
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RE: Pizza in Chicago 2006/06/15 00:22:43 (permalink)
danimal I couldn't agree more - that Planet Hollywood architecture is a blight on the landscape - just slapping a Gino's sign on the front instead of spending some $ and re-doing the exterior was a big mistake I think.
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RE: Pizza in Chicago 2006/06/15 09:54:38 (permalink)
Anybody tried Connie's Pizza? I see ads for it every month in Vine Line, and know they sell it at Wrigley, but never tried it.
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RE: Pizza in Chicago 2006/06/15 10:18:33 (permalink)
Re: Gino's location - are you talking about this?



(with Al's Italian Beef dwarfed in the lower right corner)
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RE: Pizza in Chicago 2006/06/15 12:47:46 (permalink)
That's it in all its gaudy splendor - especially nice at night when all the neon is lit... If you look at the building without those Hollywood spotlights it could be a nice remodeling.
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RE: Pizza in Chicago 2006/07/24 13:32:41 (permalink)
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Anybody tried Connie's Pizza? I see ads for it every month in Vine Line, and know they sell it at Wrigley, but never tried it.

Connie's is a shadow of its former self. It's clean and efficient, but run like a corporation. There's no "love" in the making of it. The crusts are par-cooked and their ovens are the type that cook a whole pizza in 5 minutes. 20 years ago, it was Chicago's finest, but now....
I guess ultimately you should try it and judge for yourself. They seem to be successful these days.
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RE: Pizza in Chicago 2006/08/23 13:00:44 (permalink)
Really depressing to think of Gino's going downhill.

Is My Pi still in Rogers Park near Loyola? I liked their frosted mugs of beer, even during the Ice Age of '79.

Is The Big Pickle still in Evanston?

At Northwestern, we used to get good delivery from Inferno's. A place called Danny's had the worst pizza in the world-motor oil and tomato paste on cardboard-but we ordered from them cuz they would deliver booze with the pizza and didn't card.
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RE: Pizza in Chicago 2006/08/23 17:48:08 (permalink)
Capybara: What an unusual name. I saw numerous capybara's at Iguaçú Falls in Brazil. I did not mean to hijack this thread but I saw the name and it was so unusual.

While birding on the river, I saw hundreds of these giant rodents weighing up to better than 100 pounds. They were lounging on the river. We were rafting very close to the falls and we had a estimated 20 foot anaconda swimming toward the raft. The guide was not alarmed but the snake would have swamped the boat. Fortunately the snake swam around the boat. We saw thousands of parrots and hundreds of Toucan's.


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RE: Pizza in Chicago 2006/08/25 20:50:46 (permalink)
Just got back from chicago Wednesday- this site is great! I had a late lunch at Jacks Restaraunt on Touhy- ordered the BACON- mmmmmmmm gooood- with an omelet and the basket of long chewy rolls and coffee I was in Heaven. That afternoon i met my expert witness at hotel and had really good beers -Goose Rocks or something like that- a local ale. That nite i had great stuffed pizza at Giordano's on Higgins? -off Manheim near O'hare- even crappy way overpriced hotel breakfast at Sheraton gateway didnt diminish good road eats in Chicago- Oh yeah business went well too.
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RE: Pizza in Chicago 2006/09/08 16:07:25 (permalink)
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Originally posted by Capybara91

Really depressing to think of Gino's going downhill.

Is My Pi still in Rogers Park near Loyola? I liked their frosted mugs of beer, even during the Ice Age of '79.

Is The Big Pickle still in Evanston?

At Northwestern, we used to get good delivery from Inferno's. A place called Danny's had the worst pizza in the world-motor oil and tomato paste on cardboard-but we ordered from them cuz they would deliver booze with the pizza and didn't card.


My Pie is no longer in Rogers Park, but there's still a location in Lincoln Park. I never liked their pizza much, but I'll grant that it's unique.
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