Monday, May 17, 2010

Fun Playing With Stuffed Deep Dish Pizza in Chicago

My law practice recently brought me to Chicago for a few days mid-week. The emphasis on this trip was business, not food, so we didn't play as much as usual. However, we still managed to try some Chicago specialties that are worth writing about.

Our first dinner - Giordano's Stuffed Pizza.I've had New York variations on this style before - where a second crust covers the top of the pizza and is baked over it. Chicago's version is different- combining the second crust with deep dish to make something unique.

House Salad

This portion was more than ample for two of us. I loved that the carrots were not out of a food service bag.

House Dressing

Taste  and consistency said "homemade"! Very good.

Small Cheese Stuffed Crust Pizza

When this first came to the table, I was a little confused - I expected a second crust on top. Further exploration explained the mystery.

Where's the top crust?

Aha! The top crust is actually under the cheese and sauce. Hmmm. Seemed a little unnecessary like that - adding extra chew and extra carb without adding much flavor to the party. Still, I cannot deny that, overall, this was a tasty pizza, which was still very palatable eaten cold the next morning after sitting out all night (our hotel room didn't have a refrigerator). My verdict is that I would neither seek out nor reject this kind of pizza.We would probably not return to the Jackson Boulevard location of Giordano's again, however, because the service was truly poor and there was not a manager to be seen. Despite the poor service, we had fun sampling Giordano's Stuffed Crust Pizza.

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