On our original visit to Chicago, we hit Unoís
and Lou Malnatiís. Back for a chance to
enjoy Alinea, a restaurant currently ranked
6th in the world (number doesnít matter, but they gotta be doing
something just to make the list), we are going to finally get to the
third of the triumvirate commonly claiming the crown of the Royalty
of Chicago Deep Dish. Granted, we have been to
Al's Beef and Xoco already today...and
are headed to Garrett's afterward. We are
going to order comparatively little and consume less.
Our server was fun and rolled with our craziness. We started by ordering all of their beers. ALL of them. They actually have an impressive in house brewery which has churned out some award winners.
Their pilsner was terribleÖserver told us he felt there was something wrong with the new keg. After that there were bright aromatic sours, clean Witts, broody thick porters, hoppy IPAís, and grainy reds. Steph even found one she didnít hate.
Then came the pizza. We started with the Meaty Legend and added the
Jalapeno Blue. The legend is closest to our pies from the other two
shops and itís good. Its meatiness is rangier than the others with
Pepperoni, Italian Sausage, Canadian Bacon, and good olí smoky belly
Bacon. The second comes with bacon, blue cheese, Italian sausage,
and of course, blue cheese & bacon stuffed jalapeŮos.
45 Minutes Later...Time Passed With Beer Tasting
The Meaty Legend Is Certainly Meaty But Not My Chicago Fav
Ginoís seems more divergent than the other two
would be from each other, and I think I prefer the other two. First
the crust has a taste and texture, which clearly suggests cornmeal.
Taste and texture, Iím good with cornmealÖbut it doesnít accomplish
what the more buttery crusts do. It turned out to be much more dry,
not an advantage. The pie didnít seem to be as full as others I have
seen, another drawback. Not that there isnít eight people's daily
dietary recommendations for cheese and meat. Speaking of the meatÖit
delicious, encased in stringy hot cheese and had a sharp tomato
sauce oozing down into it. It is really good pizza, I just prefer
The Jalapeno Blue Was Really Well Blended
Even The Pepper Was Stuffed With Cheese & Bacon
The jalapeno blue was another step up the
ladder, however. Ordered for curiosity, it was an excellently
blended curiosity with just the right amount of heat and funk added
to the standard pie. Iím pretty sure you ainít getting that at
Unoís or Louís.
But if Iím in Chicago for casserole pizza, Iíll probably head there.