There is no doubt in my mind that Chicago is a pizza town. That is unfortunate for someone who is trying to lose weight and is too big for Los Angeles. We have tried so many pizzas and there are so many different kinds. Well today, we were fortunate enough to get to dine at one of the biggest Chicago icons, Pizzeria Uno and Dos. Now what makes this pizza place different from every other deep dish pizza place in town? It is where the original deep dish pizza was originated. We chowed on this heavenly delight along with other dishes with only the one person who has made pizza his life’s work, Howard McHale. Howard is the sales director for the Pizzeria Uno franchise.
Howard is the go to person for when you want to know anything about pizza. He not only sells the brand and sets up events, he is a pizza ambassador”. Uno’s is the iconic brand that people have to have when they visit the Windy City. Celebrities like Vince Vaughn , Amy Schumer, the Bulls, and Patti Labelle have sat in the famous booths and enjoyed that scrumptious deep dish pizza. But what is the story behind Chicago’s biggest icon? According to Howard, Ric Riccardo had originally opened the restaurant known as Pizzeria Uno in 1943. He originally wanted to open Chicago’s first Tex Mex restaurant. But then he tried it and decided to open a pizzeria instead. (It didn’t appeal to him) Him and Ike Sewell decided that pizza deserved to be more than an appetizer, so the Chicago deep dish was born. And today , we thank them for that. It is a pie that is a pizza and is loaded with fresh ingredients and when in Rome, we had to try the king , “The Uno.” This was a treat for Jen since her family came here from Sicily. All Italian dinners start with salad, and that was our starting point. It was so healthy with the fresh lettuce, cherry tomatoes, onions with the homemade wine vinegar dressing sprinkled on top. The party kept going with wings and their special shrimp and crab dip I like meaty wings and the sauce didn’t burn my mouth. They were baked and not fried, healthy. Now the “Uno” has all the good stuff in it. It is meaty and to me a pizza isn’t a pizza without mushrooms, onion and peppers. And it is a pie with a thick crust and the filling is the veggies and meats. The dinner ended with another little piece of heaven, their cheesecake. It is the piece de resistance of the meal. Thick cheesecake with whipped creme drizzled in either strawberry or chocolate. Oh and definitely plan on leftovers. You can also find the Uno pizzas in the grocery store and they have made it their mission to spread the gospel of “pizza”. They have several other stores including ones in the DFW airport and Schaumberg. They also participate in a great program called Pizza for Patriots. They sent a slice of home to our fighting troops to remind them of what they are fighting for. But if you want to visit the home of the “original” deep dish , go to 29 East Ohio Street and prepare for a pizza-rific meal.
The Uno is a meal in itself. You come to Chicago , you go to Unos.