Sunday, August 29, 2010

Deep dish pizza

Oh, why could my husband not have been Vietnamese?  Instead, he had to be from the meat-and-cheese capital of the world.  Every time I come back to Chicago, instead of eating light, tangy Vietnamese coleslaw and cleansing, refreshing pho, I "have" to eat pizza, hot dogs, burgers, and beef sandwiches dripping with juice.  At least this trip I do not have a car, so I am forced to walk everywhere to get my fix of classic American food.  Sounds balanced - until you get something delivered!

Giordano's is a chain that makes Chicago-style deep dish pizza.  I normally don't like chains, but in this case, the chain is right up there with the mom-and-pop hole-in-the-wall joints.

A deep dish pizza has a thicker base than a normal pizza, and the dough comes right up the sides.  It's layered first with cheese, then with toppings, then with sauce.  The sauce is often then sprinkled with just a little Parmesan.  It's really not as rich as people would think.

This spinach deep dish was so, so good.  The sauce was so thick, tomatoey and rich.  On a deep dish, I prefer toppings like spinach that don't need to be crisped for good flavour (e.g. pepperoni).  Giordano's crust is stuffed with cheese.  Other places will line the crust with cheese, so that it caramelizes between the crust and the pan.  Giordano's crust is doughy; other places might have a cornmeal element to theirs.

Gotta go - the bike path is calling!

Giordano's (map)
2010 W Montrose, Chicago IL
Other locations throughout Chicago and Chicagoland


  1. you should write a travel book "See USA on 10,000 calories a day" Fodor would love it

  2. There is a chain in Arizona called Oregano's that does a stuffed deep dish pizza...more than once my Aussie husband has overdone it and ended up with what we call "pizza fetus" and/or pepperoni poisoning! ;-) He misses US pizza! Me, too!

  3. OMG... reminds me of the pizzapie party!!

  4. that is serious pizza! I don't know if i'd get through too many slices of that!

  5. Dad (aka Mike) I LOVE IT!!

    Penny, I was thinking of you when I ate it - know it is your fave!

    Kurichan and Deb, that is indeed the problem with deep dish. Part of the fun of eating pizza IMHO is eating lots of slices, be they from different pizzas or from the one. With deep dish you can only eat one piece or maybe two before you are totally stuffed.

  6. oh man look at that saucy topping.... I soooo want to eat the whole thing!


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