Uno Pizzeria & Grill - Chicago

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Details
29 E Ohio St (N Wabash Av)
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 321-1000
Pizza
$ $
Hours
Mon–Fri: 11:00 AM–1:00 AM Sat: 11:00 AM–2:00 AM Sun: 11:00 AM–11:00 PM

It’s just as easy as ever to rile New Yorkers with the old "Chicago’s pizza is better than New York’s" poke. "But it’s not even pizza," they’ll exclaim, "it’s a casserole!" Cue Jon Stewart’s epic rant (he’s wrong about hot dogs, by the way).

They’re right, but it’s here to stay. All the more interesting to note it was not an overnight success (they had to give it away at first), and that the thick, buttery pizza wasn’t even the foundation for the restaurant’s initial idea.

Consider Chicago Tribune restaurant critic Phil Vettel’s report about Uno’s beginnings, which suggests, "Chicago-style pizza may owe its existence to a bad enchilada." Uno founders Ike Sewell (a Texan) and Ric Riccardo planned to serve Mexican fare, “But one of the sample meals the partners tested made Riccardo so sick that he rejected Mexican food." When Riccardo suggested pizza, which he’d experienced in Italy during the war, Sewell proposed a more substantial version than what was available in Little Italy. Thus, the style featuring "buttery ‘out-of-this-world’ crust" and generous amounts of cheese.

Sure, the company is now based in Boston, and there are presently more than 140 Uno Chicago Grill restaurants in some 24 states, South Korea, and the Middle East. Certainly, pizza experts will quibble about where, or if, it should rank on this list, and compare it with Chicago’s other deep-dish pies, but there’s something to be said about visiting the original in Chicago (though the only Chicagoans visiting will be there to accompany out-of-town guests) and ordering "Numero Uno — The One. The Best" topped with the works: sausage, pepperoni, onions, peppers, mushrooms, chunky tomato sauce, mozzarella, and romano.

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

Foursquare Tips

  • It's a pizza joint. Get pizza, not pasta.
  • Have a lot of time to spare. 1 hour just to get your pizza, once u have been seated!
  • Say hello to the Original "Deep Dish" pizza. I'm sure you have been to a Uno's before, but there is something going to where it all started. This is definitely a Dew Tour favorite
  • Pizzeria Uno invented the deep-dish, and there is no arguing with fans that it's still number 1. Camille Ford, Food Wars
  • get a deep dish!
  • Try Four cheese and pesto deep dish... It's the best
  • As seen on Top Chef: Chicago. Each pizza takes at least 45 minutes to cook, but its worth the wait when the waiter finally arrives with the steaming pan and dishes out your first cheese-heavy slice.
  • AWESOME!! the small pizza is enough for two and ask for the fried calamari appetizer! simply delicious!
  • 1 saat dediler yarim saatte siramiz geldi. NY pizzadan guzel degil. Cheese sticks guzel. 8 tane falan geliyor. Optum.
  • Very delicious pizza wish I told them to ease on the tomato sauce though.. The seating was uncomfortable as the table was TINY!
  • Opened in 1943, Pizzeria Uno claims to have invented deep-dish pizza. Is it Chicago's best? You decide.
  • My bartender Sergio is the man! If you are a regular he will hook you up!
  • They only have deep dish and it takes an hour. Coming with kids? Prepare for the wait. A LEGO store bribe/time Easter, for instance, can do wonders for your sanity.
  • Italian Americans should be ashamed. Pizzeria Uno doesn't know how to cook pasta (non al dente) and puts cinnamon in Tiramisu. Mama mia!
  • The best deep dish pizza in all the world
  • BEST PIZZA EVER!!
  • Order take out - piping hot fresh or frozen to cook in your oven.
  • Try the Numero Uno Deep Dish Pizza
  • Delicious deep-dish pizza w/ reasonable price. Be careful when u order or u might end up order too much!!!
  • In 1943, when Ike Sewell opened Pizzeria Uno, Americans ate pizza primarily as a snack. It was the start of an American tradition -- the Chicago Deep Dish Pizza.