Chicago

Deep Dish

by Meghann on August 15, 2010

You know I couldn’t leave Chicago with out enjoying some deep dish pizza, right?

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All weekend I had been dying to get my hands on some great deep dish pizza, but with a jammed packed schedule, I was struggling to find time to get it in. I was green with envy listening to all my fellow Healthy Living Summit attendees rave about the great local deep dish pizza they’d been experiencing since arriving in Chicago. I wanted pizza too!

My plan was to save room for pizza on Sunday, but the majority of people I had spoke with had already experienced the thrill of deep dish pizza (some people twice!). Bummer. ๐Ÿ™

Luckily, I was able to track down a small group of fellow deep dish virgins (minus Chandra) who were ready to take in the true Chicago deep dish experience with me. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Evan, Suki, Chandra, Monica , Emily, and I walked the 1.8 miles to Gino’s East for what we were told would be a true Chicago Deep Dish Pizza experience.

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We were told there would be a wait, but we had literally sat down for 10 seconds when they called out name and told us our table was ready. I think it helped that we arrived about 10 minutes after the doors opened at noon.

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Gino’s East was a great grafetti-fied restaurant where every inch of the walls, chairs stairwell, etc is signed with signatures of past diners.

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The deep dish pizzas take a full 45 minutes to make, so we started with a family style salad.

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It was a standard pizzeria salad with basic iceburg lettuce, tomatoes, onions, and olives with a hour dressing on the side.

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I had a plate with all the fixins, a little dressing, and some delicious homemade croutons.

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The wait for the pizza wasn’t bad at all. I guess it helps when you have a table full of bloggers and lots and lots to talk about. ๐Ÿ™‚

Forty-five minutes later we had deep dish!

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For the 5 of us (Evan ordered a special gluten free crust pizza) we ordered a medium vegetarian and a small spinach which ended up being way too much food! Honestly, I think we could have ordered the one medium and been great!

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First up: a whole slice of the vegetarian pizza which was filled with peppers, onion, and squash.

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Wow! This pizza was good! I loved how saucy and cheesey it was. The crust was also to die for! Despite the overload of toppings, the crust was still crispy and flaky. I wonder how they do that?!?! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Next, a half slice of the spinach.

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Again, amazing crust and lots of sauce and cheese! My favorite bites were the ones that contained the huge forkfuls of spinach. I almost wish I had enough room in my stomach to enjoy the full piece!

We left stuffed, happy, and satisfied. ๐Ÿ™‚

After all the pizza, the 1.8 mile walk back to the hotel was a welcomed activity.

Emily and I calculated and if you add up the 16 miles we ran this morning plus the nearly 4 mile walk to and from lunch, we were on our feet a total of 20 miles today. No wonder I’m so tired! ๐Ÿ™‚

I was sad to have to say good bye to all the friends I had made this weekend. Leaving for the airport was very emotional as I gave hug after hug to all my new friends. Thank goodness we all have blogs to keep in touch with. Plus, there’s always HLS 2011! ๐Ÿ˜‰

On the plane I had a pear I had snagged from a snack break yesterday.

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And once I made it home I had a lame frozen Indian dinner.

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It was easy quick and pretty tasty. ๐Ÿ™‚

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My bed is calling my name.

GOOD NIGHT!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

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