Eaten Chicago Deep Dish Pizza

"It's one of the greatest cities on the planet. My heart beats differently when I'm in Chicago. It slows down and I feel more at ease."
Jeremy Piven

Our first train hit its final destination this afternoon, and this is our first time in
Chicago! We took a cab to our hotel and checked in. It is cold... much, much colder than we're used to in San Francisco. Luckily, we planned for it by bringing tons of layers.

If you've been following me for a while or you know me well, you might know I am a huge fan of
Zachary's Pizza, a restaurant in the East Bay that makes deep dish pizza. You might also know that I once baked a deep dish pizza earlier this year. One of the things I was looking forward to most in the Windy City was trying real Chicago (not just "Chicago-style") deep dish pizza in the place that made it famous.

The birthplace of this kind of pizza is the original
Pizzeria Uno on E. Ohio Street in Chicago. It was first served there in 1943, and fortunately for us, it's literally two blocks from our hotel.

I had read online that there is often a long wait for a table (sometimes around an hour), but when we went it was only ten minutes. While we waited, they let us look at the menu and place our pizza order, which is a great idea because the pizzas take about 45 minutes to bake.

Inside the restaurant, a plaque describes the historical significance of this particular location.

We ordered the pizza they call their Numero Uno (sausage, pepperoni, onions, peppers, mushrooms and chunky tomato sauce, topped with mozzarella and grated Romano).

This pizza was delicious. It was not like Zachary's but was so tasty. The crust has more of a corn meal flavor. It's not only hearty and substantial, but it also has a really great crunch to it. It was very close to the taste of the one I baked myself, which makes sense because the recipe I used was based on Pizzeria Uno's recipe. The toppings went very well together, and the cheese and tomato sauce were very good.

We also had a few other dishes from the restaurant (Caesar salad, buffalo bites, and their Uno deep dish sundae), and they were all great. I not only recommend going here, but the next time we land in Chicago, I am definitely coming back.
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