Review: Giordano’sAuthor: WIBIA | Filed under: Food Reviews, Location: Chicago, IL, On The Road
Food in Chicago is a battle between the million hot dog/gyro/beef joints versus a very progressive food scene with superstar chefs. To be honest, I am glad that both exist and continue to thrive. However, if you ask anyone that has a clue what kind of food Chicago is known for, they will say pizza or Chicago dogs. Both are some of the most awesome things you can cram in your gullet.
In my opinion, Giordano’s is the epitome of Chicago Style pizza. Uno is a chain whore. Gino’s East has a crust that tastes like cornbread to me. Sure there are others in the city and some of them are quite good, but Giordano’s is the king.
What I Ate: Medium stuffed pizza with Sausage and pepperoni; $23.00.
The most awesome part about this review is….this was my lunch order. Yes, I was alone.
For those of you that are not familiar, Chicago style is kind of upside down. From top to bottom: meat, cheese and then sauce. You have to plan accordingly because it takes about 35 minutes for the pizza to bake after you order it. Don’t try to pick it up, this is a fork and knife pizza. In my opinion, it’s the only acceptable fork and knife pizza. If you eat regular pizza with a fork and knife, you are either a grandma or a snooty prep.
When they deliver it to your table, they scoop a piece out and the cheese is dangling from the slice to the plate and they have to cut it on the side of your plate with a spatula. Words cannot explain how much cheese is on this. In all reality, it is really an unacceptable amount. The toppings were of good quality, and I really like their sauce. A sprinkle of oregano and red pepper flakes really bring it to life.
Would I Buy It Again? Yes. It is one of the most awesome foods in the country. So basic, yet so good. I have been going to Giordano’s for a long time while on the way to concerts and Bulls games growing up. At this point, I feel like I would be letting my family down if I was in Chicago and didn’t go to Giordano’s.
I have to admit though, ordering that much food at lunch was asinine. I had a ton of leftovers, therefore ate it in my hotel anytime I thought I was hungry. I think that I gained four pounds from this pizza. However, it was worth the time at the gym.