Windy City Pizza Club Visits Pizano's
When it comes to Deep Dish Chicago Pizza, Pizano?s isn?t what you need to satisfy your palette. Their pizzas are big, they?re average tasting, but their service is lacking and the cheese and sauce combined were much too heavy. Most recently, the Windy City Pizza Club met there for their monthly meeting, and to many it was disappointing.
According to the Oprah Winfrey show, Pizano?s has the best thin crust pizzas in the city and one of the top in the nation, and while the Deep Dish was just okay, their thin crust wasn?t much better as it has a very ?warmed up in a microwave? taste. After hearing so many great reviews from A-List celebrities, and friends, I came to the conclusion that this pizza was not for me.
Their location in the loop was roomy and warm on a snowy and frigid Chicago winter?s night, but their presence of service for a group of 15 people was lacking and unacceptable for a place that prides itself of spectacular Chicago pizza.
Pizano?s was opened in 1991 Rudy Malnati, Junior and features three locations: State Street, Loop, and Glenview, each with it?s own unique look and feel. The loop location where the Pizza Club met was 2 stories with a private room and bar in the roomy basement. If you were a true Chicago pizza fan, you would know the family that owns this establishment. Rudy?s father, Rudy, Sr. is the founder of Pizzeria Uno & Due. Rudy Jr.?s, brother is Lou Malnati, founder of Lou Malnati?s Pizzeria.
According to the Pizano?s website, a good raised bread dough tones the crust. In our experience with the crust, it was extremely hard. They use High-grade canned tomatoes and of mozzarella cheese, topped with a sprinkling of grated Parmesan and oregano to complete the basic pizza. It sounded good, but the biggest issue was that they use too much of each item. The actual wait time for pizza was no longer than 20 minutes, so if you are in a rush and want an average pizza with a lot of history, this is a good place. Anchovies, onions or green pepper are other optional additions.
I did enjoy a tossed salad, which was fairly large and nicely priced. All of the prices that Pizano?s offers, are out-of-date and expensive for what the quality, but items are large so you could technically say you are getting your money?s worth.
I would possibly go back, but not with a group.