Gino’s East is one of the famous Deep Dish spots. As a resident, it falls out of my ordering rotation behind Malnati’s, partially because Malnati’s are everywhere. I used to eat in at the Gino’s on Diversey, Southport and Lincoln back in the day. I hadn’t had it in awhile. But my brother-in-law Stephen had a take your kids to work day and suggested we all meet at Gino’s on Lasalle for dinner. They usually order thin crust out in Geneva(although they’ve got a Lou’s, too.) Stephen wanted to give the kids a taste of rolling in the deep dish in the big city.
My niece, Maddy, is a vegetarian and she picked at the cheese a little. She wasn’t feeling it so much, pleading for a thin crust. Stephen held firm, insisting they give it a try. Justin ate some, but he was more interested in writing stuff on the wall, which is encouraged there.
The adults dug in, we got a supreme and a cheese for the kids. I rediscovered Gino’s in all its glory. Why have I denied myself this different deep dish for so long? The sauce, the sausage, the crust…all winners.
Maybe 1 out of 5 pizzas I get is deep dish. Instinct has me ordering Lou’s, with an occasional Giordano’s to support D Rose. I mix in some neighborhood spots, too. Like Bartoli’s in Roscoe Village. I’m in Bartoli’s delivery zone. But, I digress. My point is I must remember to give Gino’s some love. Tourist spots become tourist spots because they’re good. Gino’s East – keep it in the rotation.