My Pie is no longer in Rogers Park, but there’s still a location in Lincoln Park. I never liked their pizza much, but I’ll grant that it’s unique.
Just got back from chicago Wednesday- this site is great! I had a late lunch at Jacks Restaraunt on Touhy- ordered the BACON- mmmmmmmm gooood- with an omelet and the basket of long chewy rolls and coffee I was in Heaven. That afternoon i met my expert witness at hotel and had really good beers -Goose Rocks or something like that- a local ale. That nite i had great stuffed pizza at Giordano’s on Higgins? -off Manheim near O’hare- even crappy way overpriced hotel breakfast at Sheraton gateway didnt diminish good road eats in Chicago- Oh yeah business went well too.
Capybara: What an unusual name. I saw numerous capybara’s at Igua�� Falls in Brazil. I did not mean to hijack this thread but I saw the name and it was so unusual.
While birding on the river, I saw hundreds of these giant rodents weighing up to better than 100 pounds. They were lounging on the river. We were rafting very close to the falls and we had a estimated 20 foot anaconda swimming toward the raft. The guide was not alarmed but the snake would have swamped the boat. Fortunately the snake swam around the boat. We saw thousands of parrots and hundreds of Toucan’s.
Paul E. Smith
Really depressing to think of Gino’s going downhill.
Is My Pi still in Rogers Park near Loyola? I liked their frosted mugs of beer, even during the Ice Age of ’79.
Is The Big Pickle still in Evanston?
At Northwestern, we used to get good delivery from Inferno’s. A place called Danny’s had the worst pizza in the world-motor oil and tomato paste on cardboard-but we ordered from them cuz they would deliver booze with the pizza and didn’t card.
Connie’s is a shadow of its former self. It’s clean and efficient, but run like a corporation. There’s no "love" in the making of it. The crusts are par-cooked and their ovens are the type that cook a whole pizza in 5 minutes. 20 years ago, it was Chicago’s finest, but now….
I guess ultimately you should try it and judge for yourself. They seem to be successful these days.
That’s it in all its gaudy splendor – especially nice at night when all the neon is lit… If you look at the building without those Hollywood spotlights it could be a nice remodeling.
Re: Gino’s location – are you talking about this?
(with Al’s Italian Beef dwarfed in the lower right corner)
Anybody tried Connie’s Pizza? I see ads for it every month in Vine Line, and know they sell it at Wrigley, but never tried it.
danimal I couldn’t agree more – that Planet Hollywood architecture is a blight on the landscape – just slapping a Gino’s sign on the front instead of spending some $ and re-doing the exterior was a big mistake I think.
It’s been at least 5 years, but I know what you mean. That place they’re in now is an insult (architecturally) to the city. It should be imploded. I never was a big Gino’s fan, but their old restaurant had the perfect Chicago pizza parlor atmosphere.
Stuffed w/ spinach and pepperoni was my favorite when I lived there…I still have dreams about it..[:p]
Was just in Chicago – was surprised to find the original Gino’s East near Northwestern Hospital was gone. When did they move over to Planet Hollywood? In my opinion, part of the allure of Gino’s was it’s cave-like quality – can’t imagine it now as some mega-restaurant with hundreds of seats.
Boy, that brings back memories. My wife and I had tried Frankie’s Touch of Italy in Monee, Illinois about 15 or 20 years ago. It was a small, older, little place south of Chicago’s southern suburbs. Nothing fancy, but we thought the pizza was pretty good then. Surprised to hear that it is still around and that the chains haven’t closed it down, but that’s good.
Try Frankie’s Touch of Italy in Monee IL, which is about 25 miles south of chicago on Rte 57. The pizza is great, thick or thin. They also have a fantastic old fashioned Italian beef sandwich, sopping with juice (as it should be). The menu is inexpensive. The restaurant is a small older building with low ceilings and low lighting. Family run. Deja vu 1960’s
I agree with saps on a number of things he recently said. Lou Malnati’s serves up one of the best pizzas ever developed in my estimation. Much, much better than the tasteless, doughy filled stuffed pizzas from Giordano’s. When you eat one of Giordano’s pizzas, all you eat is tasteless dough. Gino’s used to be excellent years ago, but has lost it’s following for some reason, as it’s pizzas are not nearly as great as they used to be. I, too, wonder why bjanuary disparages Malnati’s so much. But his view is in the extreme minority. Witness the fact that CitySearch has just within the past week indicated the result of their 2006 Best Pizza in Chicago survey and awarded Malnati’s with the Number 2 rating (Home Run Inn got Number 1). I had dined at Malnati’s for over 25 years and never, never had a "pan full of grease" (as bjanuary alleged).
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