I just arrived in Chicago (from Cincinnati) for a week-long training seminar.
While the training starts tomorrow, my Chicago Roadfood experience begins today. My coworker (Scott) and I went out in search of Lou Malnati’s, located it, but found that they were closed for a private party. Disappointed but undetered, we drove around looking for a Chicago style pizza joint open on a bitterly cold Sunday evening.
We ended up at Giordano’s…..we both ordered stuffed pizzas, me with a sausage and onion and Scott with a ‘special’ of sausage, green pepper, onion, and mushroom. He had worked several years in his youth at a Uno’s franchise in Cincinnati and warned me that this would be nothing special, that his years at Uno’s indicted that this was a dry and relatively tasteless albeit filling experience. I just smiled and said I’d reserve judgement til I had tried it for myself….
45 minutes later, he was oooing and ahing and declared this to be nothing like he had eaten in his youth, and I was smiling knowingly and enjoying a realy great pizza, not like anything I had had before.
The crust was the most suprising thing to me. I had known this style pizza was ‘inverted’ — sauce on top, cheese and ‘top’pings on the bottom — so no suprise here. The pizza crusts in Cincinnati are almost always either crisp or chewy, and this crust was more flakey, not quite cake like. Overall, this was a really wonderful pie.
I look forward to sampling other Chicago food throughout this week, and reporting back.