162 E. Superior St. (GoogleMaps)
CPC invaded Gino's East on 7/11/07.
We made our way to this Chicago Pizza Establishment on a balmy July day and found a line that stretched out to the street. We chuckled at the suggestion of having to wait and walked towards the hostess to inform her that the Chicago Pizza Club was present and ready to be seated. The line moved pretty quickly and waiting let us get our thoughts together anyways.
Gino's was started in 1966 in its original location downtown. It was started by a group of friend's, none of whom were named Gino's. It moved to a new location in 2000 before moving back to its original location in 2006. Apparently, the stench of failure from the Planet Hollywood that occupied the temporary location was strong enough to drive them back home after some reconstruction on the site. To be fair, the River North location remains open for business and it retains the 40 years of graffiti covered booth and walls that were transplanted with the move. It is too big to have the same feel as the "new" original location and we elected to meet at the "new" original location. This chain of pizzerias is not to be confused with The Original Gino's which was on Rush street before finally closing.
OK, on to the pizza. We ordered the following:
- Deep dish Supreme which includes sausage, onions, peppers, and mushrooms
- Thin crust vegetarian with asparagus, mushrooms, onions, squash, zucchini, red and green peppers
Petey gives Gino's East a score of 7/10.
Francisco sportin' a brand new shirt...
For the vegetarians
Where it went down...