I thought this place would've been much better than it actually was. I got there before the lunch rush but seating still took over 20 minutes. The atmosphere wasn't inviting to me and their appetizers taste like something I could make in the microwave. The pizza itself was OK but I probably could've gotten better at Beggar's or Giordano's- both of which are closer to my house.
- Extra Phones:
Primary Phone: (312) 266-5421
Phone: (312) 266-5421
- Payment method:
- visa, master card, amex, carte blanche, diners club, discover, all major credit cards
- Streeterville, Central Chicago, Near North Side
Gino's East Of Chicago
Gino's East Pizza
- Pizza, Caterers, Italian Restaurants, Take Out Restaurants, Family Style Restaurants, Restaurants
- Other Information:
Parking: Garage, Valet
Bike Parking: Yes
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Cuisines: Asian, Family Style, Indian, Italian, European, Continental, Pizza
Alcohol: Full Bar
Takes Reservations: No
Outdoor Seating: Yes
Price Range : Average
My family and I have been going here for years and while the service isn't always the best, the pizza never disappoints. We also usually order a large salad for the entire table and it's also very good. We order the deep dish with cheese and tomatoes (chunky sauce) on top of the pizza, which is how all their pizzas are made. We rarely order toppings because we love the cheese and tomatoes so much, but we have enjoyed the sausage a few times, as well as the pepperoni. The crust is flaky...view more and well cooked each time and the cheese is flavorful and just the right texture. Definitely worth checking out, whether you're a Chicago native or out of towner.view less
traveled to Chicago during a business trip in September. We decided to eat at Ginos to experience Chicago pizza. WORST DECISION EVER!! 2 of my colleagues and I split the deep dish meat lovers pizza & antipasto salad and we all got food poisoning. I was the worst out of the 3 of us. I was so sick I missed my last day of training and had to change my flight to the following day; spending the last day of my trip deathly ill in a hotel room. It was horrible! DO NOT go to this restaurant!!!
My husband and I ate there recently because many people told my husband that we needed to try their fabulous pizza when we went to Chicago. The whole experience was a disappointment! People were made to stand in a line outside in the 96 degree heat when there was plenty of room in the lobby where there was air conditioning. Many, many tables were open, but there was quite a wait. The pizza Nazis-hostesses and hosts-finally allowed us to wait inside, but we were ordered to ""Slide all t...view morehe way to the left on the seat (in the lobby)"" to wait our turn for a table. The whole process was weird and disrespectful. We were finally seated and we waited an hour for our $25 (4 slice) pizza that was not really that good. It was mushy. The sauce did have good flavor, however. To top off our experience, our waiter did not give us proper change. He kep the coin change before we even took out the tip. Apparently, the rule at this establishment is to round up and keep the difference-probably because the staff doesn't expect much of a tip because they know this restaurant sucks! This place is way over-rated.view less
I know that Gino's East is supposed to be a great spot for deep dish pizza, but I did not care for it. We waited 45 minutes for our deep dish pizza, and what we ate was a very unflavorful mush. The cheese just sat in a sticky clump, and the entire pizza was very bland. After speaking to other people who have had similar experiences, we learned that the best place to go for deep dish in Chicago is Luminati's.
Hello?!?! The ""original"" Gino's East and all its ambience are gone, baby gone. Unfortunately, the one time winner has fallen under the same corporate rule that runs Eduardo's and Ed Debevics. The quality no loner goes in, but the name still goes on.\r
The long-time staff and owners were awesome. So here's to Sam, George, Fred, Fred Randazzo, Margie, Pete, Victor, Franca, Dottie, Carla, Irene, Patty, Charlie and all the wonderful kitchen staff that made the name what it is today.
Gino's and Uno's, between the the two of them, have managed to convince the rest of the world that deep dish pizza is actually ""Chicago Style pizza. It is one of the greatest marketing schemes I have ever seen. People will say they went to Chicago over the weekend and while there, they had a real ""Chicago Style"" pizza, and then proceed to tell me how thick it was. I tell them ""I hate to tell you this but what you had was not really ""Chicag Style"" pizza at all. I explain to ...view morethem that there are basically 3 types of pizza in Chicago. 1). The usual chain store variety, i.e., Pizza Hut, Domino's and Pappa John's; 2). The kind of pizza that they serve to tourists and the Yuppie crowd, i.e., deep dish pizza served at Ginos and Unos; and, 3). The kind of pizza that those who actually live in Chicago really eat. People who have lived in Chicago for generations laugh at anyone who refer to deep dish pizza as ""Chicago Style"" pizza. Somehow, Ginos and Unos have convininced the world that the stuff they serve up to the tourists is the real thing.\r
The Hot Dog Guyview less
We arrived pretty late as far as dinner hour is concerned but the wait was only 15 outside, 10 in the waitng room but then unfortuantely another 15 before anyone took a drink order & that was after we flagged down a manager to KINDLY mention that we hadn't been taken care of. After that it was smooth sailing with no attitude but NOTE please that if you KINDLY tell people your having bad service they will always make it up to you. WAITERS AND WAITRESSES are people no matter if your pa...view moreying them to serve you so give people the benefit and they'll usually make it up to you!\r
So after our pitcher of 312 Beer (yum, like Blue Moon w/out having to put the orange in), our combo appetizer which has great Spinach/Cheese sticks....we then were put to the task of trying to put down a Medium Supreme Patty Sausage pizza. OMG! IT WAS FANTASTIC and so much food we had to give up with a slice and 1/2 left.\r
GREAT PART OF CHICAGO HISTORY AND WORTH ANY KIND OF WAIT!view less