Gino's East

Row 1

Details
162 E Superior St (btwn Fairbanks Ct & Michigan Ave)
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 266-3337
Pizza
$ $
Hours
Mon–Thu, Sun: 11:00 AM–10:00 PM Fri–Sat: 11:00 AM–11:00 PM

Gino’s may be the ultimate in Chicago deep dish pizza, with a history dating back nearly half a century (2016 will mark 50 years). The story starts with two taxi drivers and their friend who became frustrated with rush hour traffic and decided to open up their own pizza place just off the famed Michigan Avenue strip in downtown Chicago. The restaurant, and the graffiti on its walls (it’s a Gino’s tradition to carve your name on the wall if you’re a regular), have been considered a city mainstay since its conception.

Pies begin with a buttery crust that crumbles as soon as you take a bite; it's stuffed with a layer of fillings (ranging from sweet Italian sausage to pineapple), then topped with a more-than-healthy serving of mozzarella and finished with crushed vine-ripened tomatoes. Their success has led them to open 16 locations, even expanding into neighboring Wisconsin for all those cheese lovers, and to Texas of all places, where the cornicione gods know there’s a need for more good pizza. 

Arthur Bovino, 101 Best Pizzas in America 2015, 8/6/2015

 

 

Foursquare Tips

  • Whats my take on the age-old argument: New York thin crust versus Chicago deep dish? Lets just say, Im a Brooklyn guy, but Gino's tests my loyalty. Adam Richman, Man v. Food
  • You're gonna wait a while for that pie, so grab a sharpie and channel your inner Warhol. #DontBlowIt
  • Free WiFi! Password is Superior162
  • First deep dish pie that was so flavorful and just delicious! -Tiffany Derry, Top Chef
  • get card from your hotel concierge, it will get you priorty seating - No Wait! belly dancers swear this is the best pizza, I agree!
  • it's almost as if they built this place with extra walls so even more people could write on them. don't let your eyes get bigger than your appetite: a medium deep dish is enough (400 cals a slice!)
  • 1.Don't come here without a Sharpie marker. 2. Pizza takes 45 minutes to bake so don't come starving. 3. Amazing place to eat!
  • Best pie in Chicago
  • Bring a sharpie and write a message on the walls!
  • great pizza, long lines, wait it out, walk away satisfied.
  • Deep dish sausage pizza...to die for
  • Plan ahead during peak times. Wait for a table plus wait for the pizza.
  • Try to find the cartoon tomato. He's the coolest.
  • Get here on the weekend to get Jeff as a server at the bar - best in Chitown
  • There have been many A-list celeb sightings here. Check out the signed headshots all around the walls.
  • The deep dish pizza at Gino's East is unforgettable. Call them a day before your trip ends and have them prepare a frozen one for you to take back home.
  • Go to giordanos instead.
  • Awesome Date Night Pizzeria!!! Food is Fresh and Delish! Hahaha! even the booth seat fit me and I'm Bigggg & Sexy!!! We had the BBQ Chicken Pizza thin crust!!! The Bomb!!!!!! Yeeeeeeez!!!!!
  • Overrated! Waited half hour for a simple pizza, and it tasted nothing special :( famous sausages? Try tasteless sausages...
  • Don't order a New York style pizza in Chicago, get deep dish! Get a pie with pepperoni and green olives. To pass time while waiting for your pizza, bring a marker and graffiti up the place!