Gino's East Of Chicago

★★★☆☆
  • 2801 N Lincoln Ave

    Chicago, IL 60657

    Cross street: at N Racine Ave

    Map & Directions
  • 773-327-3737

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This place is touted as the best place to get pizza in Chicago; unfortunately, I must not be a huge fan of Chicago-style pizza. Between 4 people, we had two medium pizzas and barely finished one. The pizza here is truly like a pie with regards to it's crust. I like my pie to be apple, not pizza. However, the atmosphere of the place is so much fun (you can write on the walls!), that I still had an enjoyable experience.

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This place is touted as the best place to get pizza in Chicago; unfortunately, I must not be a huge fan of Chicago-style pizza. Between 4 people, we had two medium pizzas and barely finished one. The pizza here is truly like a pie with regards to it's crust. I like my pie to be apple, not pizza. However, the atmosphere of the place is so much fun (you can write on the walls!), that I still had an enjoyable experience.

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I have visited this restaurant with my wife to eat-in 3 out of the last 4 Sunday evenings. Excellent service, clean, nearly full tables, waitress speaking good English, and OUTSTANDING pizza! I have traveled extensively across the country over the last 40 years and this is one of the 2 pizza establishments in the city I recommend to others. Enjoy!

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★★★★☆

I have visited this restaurant with my wife to eat-in 3 out of the last 4 Sunday evenings. Excellent service, clean, nearly full tables, waitress speaking good English, and OUTSTANDING pizza! I have traveled extensively across the country over the last 40 years and this is one of the 2 pizza establishments in the city I recommend to others. Enjoy!

Pros: Good service, good food

Cons: small parking lot

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EXCEPTIONALLY POOR CUSTOMER SERVICE. Had issues with a pizza as it was not made as ordered. Spoke to manager (Oya) who offered nothing but an appology. Pizza was unedible. In a city that has MANY choices for quality Chicago style pizza, Ginos East now rates last in line to me and my family. I spent $30 on a pizza that is now in the garbage. Next time I will take my business to Uno , Do, or Lou Malnatis.

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EXCEPTIONALLY POOR CUSTOMER SERVICE. Had issues with a pizza as it was not made as ordered. Spoke to manager (Oya) who offered nothing but an appology. Pizza was unedible. In a city that has MANY choices for quality Chicago style pizza, Ginos East now rates last in line to me and my family. I spent $30 on a pizza that is now in the garbage. Next time I will take my business to Uno , Do, or Lou Malnatis.

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BAD CUSTOMER SERVICE....ordered a deep dish pizza and when I went to pick it up the girl at the counter got my last name wrong. After waiting 20 minutes the manager came over and said I paid the wrong receipt and I owed an extra $7.00 the whole time my pizza was sitting there...she told me the girl at the counter was a FOREIGNER and therfore heard my name incorrectly... HOW INSULTING TO THE WORKER!!!!!!!!!!!!! Also, they need to go "GREEN"... not at all eco-friendly with the styrofoam plates, cups, plastic forks and knives that couldn't possibly cut the deep dish pizza anyway...get a DISHWASHER foks! For the price you pay you could go to almost any pizza joint in the city, get as good or better pizza and actually eat it on a "real" plate with people that appreciate their staff!!!!

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BAD CUSTOMER SERVICE....ordered a deep dish pizza and when I went to pick it up the girl at the counter got my last name wrong. After waiting 20 minutes the manager came over and said I paid the wrong receipt and I owed an extra $7.00 the whole time my pizza was sitting there...she told me the girl at the counter was a FOREIGNER and therfore heard my name incorrectly... HOW INSULTING TO THE WORKER!!!!!!!!!!!!! Also, they need to go "GREEN"... not at all eco-friendly with the styrofoam plates, cups, plastic forks and knives that couldn't possibly cut the deep dish pizza anyway...get a DISHWASHER foks! For the price you pay you could go to almost any pizza joint in the city, get as good or better pizza and actually eat it on a "real" plate with people that appreciate their staff!!!!

Pros: NONE

Cons: BAD CUSTOMER SERVICE...NOT ECO-FRIENDLY

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Everytime we are in Chicago we make sure to leave time for pizza at Ginos. This place is an institution. If you order the stuffed pizza plan on a lengthy wait, about 45 min. However, the wait is definitely worth it. The cheese bread is pretty tasty as well.

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★★★★★

Everytime we are in Chicago we make sure to leave time for pizza at Ginos. This place is an institution. If you order the stuffed pizza plan on a lengthy wait, about 45 min. However, the wait is definitely worth it. The cheese bread is pretty tasty as well.

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My hubby & I waited nearly an hour for our pizzas to be made from scratch at this Chicago landmark, but while we were waiting we feasted on bread sticks that were really a meal in themselves. The restaurant was super crowded, and we could barely hear ourselves think, but when the pizza arrived...oh my gosh!! I ordered the vegetarian special with extra cheese, and it was incredible beyond belief. It was rich and cheesy and crunchy, but not too crunchy, and not too smushy. I can still taste it nearly 2 years later. If you are a tourist to Chicago like we were, run, don't walk, to Gino's East. A++++++++++++

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★★★★★

My hubby & I waited nearly an hour for our pizzas to be made from scratch at this Chicago landmark, but while we were waiting we feasted on bread sticks that were really a meal in themselves. The restaurant was super crowded, and we could barely hear ourselves think, but when the pizza arrived...oh my gosh!! I ordered the vegetarian special with extra cheese, and it was incredible beyond belief. It was rich and cheesy and crunchy, but not too crunchy, and not too smushy. I can still taste it nearly 2 years later. If you are a tourist to Chicago like we were, run, don't walk, to Gino's East. A++++++++++++

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Overall, if you want great, and I mean great, deep dish pizza, it's hard to go wrong with Gino's East. Having tried the deep dish pizza of several Chicago establishments, I can say fairly confidently that Gino's tops my list. The editorial review sums up this location fairly well. BYOB, plastic utensils, great corn meal crust deep dish pizza. This is a small location that seats about 30-40 people. I've yet to sample their other dishes. Until then, viva la deep dish! (Note- rating reflects more on dining environment and not on the food. The DD pizzas get a "9" in my book.)

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★★★★☆

Overall, if you want great, and I mean great, deep dish pizza, it's hard to go wrong with Gino's East. Having tried the deep dish pizza of several Chicago establishments, I can say fairly confidently that Gino's tops my list. The editorial review sums up this location fairly well. BYOB, plastic utensils, great corn meal crust deep dish pizza. This is a small location that seats about 30-40 people. I've yet to sample their other dishes. Until then, viva la deep dish! (Note- rating reflects more on dining environment and not on the food. The DD pizzas get a "9" in my book.)

Pros: Fantastic DD pizza, decent location, parking out front, great for takeout

Cons: Light on atmosphere

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This small satellite of Gino's in River North features a free B.Y.O.B. policy, but Chicago-style pizza is the main draw. The signature pies have light, crispy cornmeal crust and slices so big it's difficult to stretch…

 

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