on July 16, 2006
Gino's East was on my "must dine at" list for Chicago. I had heard about Gino's East on the Internet, TV, and it was featured on the reality show "Amazing Race." I had to go eat here.The restaurant is located at the corner of Wells, just north of Ontario. Carson's for Ribs and Ed Debevic's is also located on the same intersection...choices...choices...wow.The inside of the restaurant is a bit dimly lit, but I didn't care. I was seated quickly and noticed that most of the surfaces were scrawled with names of previous restaurant patrons. The ceiling was an interesting sky blue color, with little toothpicks stuck in them. If anything, this restaurant has a personalized touch. The menu is actually printed on the placemat. I ordered a lemonade and a small sausage and cheese pan pizza. Oh boy...I couldn't wait! The waiter was very friendly and very attentive, he brought my lemonade and a water over quite quickly.After about 10 to 12 minutes, my pizza came out! Yessss... It's supposed to serve one, but could easily feed two. It sure smelled good. The waiter cut me a slice and put it on my serving plate.My first bite was like magic! There's definitely a reason this place is famous. The cheese was gooey and stringy, the sauce was a bit watery but nice and sweet, and the crust was almost like a pie crust. The sausages were in nice big chunks so you can definitely taste it! It took me a while to eat it, and I definitely didn't have any room for dessert. But that's okay, I was quite happy!The legendary deep dish pizza at Gino's East makes the stuff back home in California taste like manhole covers. The total bill for a small sausage pizza and lemonade came out to about $17 before tip. The food was phenomenal, the staff very friendly and personable. Heck, I'd move to Chicago just for the pizza at Gino's East. I'd make this a mandatory visit for anybody visiting Chicago.
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