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“First time having deep dish pizza ”
Review of Gino's East

Gino's East
Ranked #146 of 9,883 Restaurants in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $0 - $20
Cuisines: Pizza
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Good for: Large groups, Families with children
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Delivery, Reservations, Takeout
Neighborhood: Magnificent Mile
Description: For 50 years, the original Gino’s East has been offering the best deep dish pizza experience in Chicago. Since we opened our doors in 1966, we’ve shared millions of our signature golden-crust Chicago-style pizzas with Chicagoans, celebrities, and visitors from all over the world. Don’t believe us? The writing is on the walls! We’re world-famous for our tradition of letting all of our customers leave their mark on our restaurant. Come by and leave some graffiti, if you can find a spot, and see if you can find it next year! Gino’s Chicago-style deep dish is made the same way it was 50 years ago. We start with our signature, secret-recipe dough and top it with mounds of mozzarella cheese, fresh toppings, and our tangy tomato sauce. Our pies are slowly baked in seasoned cast iron pans until the crust is golden and flaky, then we serve it table-side, piping hot, right out of the pan. Our deep dish pizzas are loaded with so many toppings that we have cook them for nearly an hour. That’s also the reason we have to put the sauce on top; if we didn’t, the cheese would burn! But trust us, it’s worth the wait. We promise. Ask the people that agree that we are the best deep dish pizza in Chicago. Not sure what to order? Try one of our signature pizzas! The Meaty Legend is a carnivore’s dream, with pounds of pepperoni, special-recipe Italian sausage, Canadian bacon, and crispy bacon. The Chicago Fire is perfect for spice-lovers, with a layer of extra spicy Italian sausage, roasted red peppers, red onions, and jalapeno. Not a meat eater? Try our signature spinach pizza with a blend of fresh spinach and mozzarella cheese. And for the purist, we offer our patty sausage pizza, with a thick layer of our signature sausage covering the entire pie so you get tasty sausage in every bite!
Reviewed December 31, 2013 via mobile

This place was extremely packed; make reservations. We ordered the pepperoni and cheese, veggie, Chicago Fire and the meaty one. Amazing and very tasty!

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Reviewed December 31, 2013

Long wait on a Saturday night (they don't take reservations), but once seated the wait staff was great... Fun, good recommendations for beer, and very attentive. Excellent appetizers (baked ravioli and mozzarella sticks) and great Chicago style pizza.

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Reviewed December 30, 2013

The service was good and the place is fun (and loud). Graffiti everywhere - so kids occupy themselves trying to find a empty spot. However, the deep dish pizza's we ordered were a bit disappointing - the taste was pretty bland and they were not very hot either. I've had many pizza's that were much better. Not sure it's worth the 1hr wait....

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Reviewed December 28, 2013

Ok deep dish Chicago pizza- sauce was quite bland. Plan on a 40 minute wait for your food after you order. Waitress never came back until the pizza arrived even though our drinks were gone. Waitress never came back after pizza arrived except just to give us the check. Even then she spoke like 2 words to us. This is a icon for pizza but I think we will be finding a different place for classic Chicago pizza.

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Sam K, Social Media Manager at Gino's East, responded to this reviewResponded December 30, 2013

Thank you for the feedback. We're very sorry that we disappointed you on your recent visit to Gino's. We always strive for excellence in both our food and our service, and the service you've described is not up to our standards. We'd like to do everything we can to address the issues you've described, so we'd appreciate it if you would email us at ginosfeedback@gmail.com with some more details concerning when you visited, etc. A manager will then reach out to you and we will see what we can do to resolve these issues. Again, thank you for the feedback. We hope you consider giving Gino's another chance.

Sam Kettlewell
Gino's East

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Reviewed December 28, 2013

Gino's is a very unique experience with 3 levels of dining and one outdoor patio area all allowing the diner to leave their mark on the wall with graffiti. The deep dish pizza was very satisfying and the bread crust was light and enjoyable. We were extremely surprised at the amount of people that can fit within this massive restaurant, although that doesn't always mean the kitchen can keep up with the demand. The two deep dish pizzas took 50 minutes to reach our table. The wait staff were friendly enough. The price seemed pretty excessive.

Thank Paul B
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