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General Info
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!
Hours

Regular Hours

Extra Phones

Phone: (312) 266-5421

Primary Phone: (312) 266-5421

Phone: (312) 988-4200

TollFree: (800) 344-5455

Payment method
carte blanche, cash, all major credit cards, diners club, amex, discover, master card, visa
Price Range
$$
Neighborhoods
Streeterville, Central Chicago, Near North Side
AKA

Gino's East Pizza

The Original Gino's East Of Chicago

Original Ginos East Of Chicago

Categories
Pizza, Caterers, Italian Restaurants, Take Out Restaurants, Family Style Restaurants, Restaurants
Other Information

Parking: Garage, Valet

Wi-Fi: No

Bike Parking: Yes

Attire: Casual

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Cuisines: Caterers, Family Style, Take Out, Italian, European, Continental, Pizza

Alcohol: Full Bar

Takes Reservations: No

Outdoor Seating: Yes

Price Range : Average

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Emery T.

07/20/2012

Overall
I thought this place would've ...

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.

jamese

07/15/2012

Overall
My family and I have been goin...

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 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.

Lindsey Marsh

11/12/2011

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Overall
WORST DECISION EVER!!!

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!!!

RandDStair

08/26/2011

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Overall
Not that great

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 the 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.

Namaste13

05/15/2010

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Overall
Overated

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.

SurgeonRobinson

02/07/2010

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Overall
Unbelievable

As a doctor, I can only recommend this treat once a month. It is one of Chicago's Best Pizza's.

finisher502

01/02/2010

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Overall
wouldn't feed this to animals

crust tastes like plain flour and cornmeal. cheap cheese just turns into oil when hot. store bought sauce. Overpriced!!! These people are insane! Just a tourist trap-Nothing else

Patty Farley

11/21/2009

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Overall
""You can't go home again""- Thomas Wolfe

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.
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.

TheHotDogGuy

01/26/2009

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Deep dish pizza from Gino's and Unos is fantastic market scheme

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 them 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.





The Hot Dog Guy

Natorzmom

04/21/2008

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Overall
GREAT FOOD! In Chicago you should at least give it a whirl!!!

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 paying them to serve you so give people the benefit and they'll usually make it up to you!

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.

GREAT PART OF CHICAGO HISTORY AND WORTH ANY KIND OF WAIT!

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