When a tour hits your eye like a big pizza pie, that's amore!

Sun. August 15, 2021 12:00 AM
by Jerry Nunn

There's a new tour in town that will have the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles green with envy! Finger Licking Foodie Tours is now offering a Chicago Deep Dish Pizza Tour with three stops that are in walking distance of each other and completely self guided. The Windy City is known for the deep dish pizza that's highlighted on this tour, with a thick crust from dough being pressed into the metal pan and ingredients including cheese, sausage and tomato sauce. 

We began the tour at Gino's East, 162 East Superior Street. Founded way back in 1966, this old school joint attracts patrons that never left their childhood behind as they are encouraged to scribble on the walls and furniture. The tourists were fighting to get in the door when we arrived and after checking in with the hostess, the pizza came out right away. There was no waiting around for a long cook time and our pie arrived piping hot. We were off to a good start as we continued on...  


The second destination was 29 E. Ohio Street. Pizzeria Uno has prime real estate, as far as foot traffic off of Michigan Avenue. This is another historical pizza place as it was founded in 1943. Locals beers can be added to the tour and the bar staff was ready to serve in this cozy establishment. The service was prompt and friendly, while keeping us on track for the next stop. 

Lou Malnati's celebrates a 50th anniversary in 2021 at 439 N. Wells Street. It was a bit of a hike from the other two stops, but necessary from the popularity of pizza fans that love it. This staff was a little confused with the program as the pizza took longer to cook and the server presented a bill to us, even though the tour is prepaid with gratuity included. The tomato were the focus to their Italian pie, making it the juiciest of the bunch. 

What's the verdict? Gino's East was chosen by my guest and I as the clear winner. While all three deserve the praise and adoration of loyal pizza fans, we found Gino's East to be just right in terms of taste and execution. It was not too soupy or crumbly and demands a return trip for the whole experience.  

A few tips for diners on the tour: if you order additional items, pay the check immediately to not make you late for the next stop. Let the tour operators know of any dietary restrictions within 24 hours of starting the tour. The tours run regardless of weather and wear comfortable walking shoes. 

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