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December 27, 2008

Deep Dish

Gino's East Sausage Supreme Dominic Armato

Feels good to be home.

Comments

I wonder if Dom or anyone else could give us a nice, intellectual comparison of New York vs Chicago style pizzas. And of course, tell me which one reigns supreme.

Oh my God. GIVE ME IT.

"I wonder if Dom or anyone else could give us a nice, intellectual comparison of New York vs Chicago style pizzas. And of course, tell me which one reigns supreme."

Y'know, they're so different it almost seems like a disservice to call them both pizza. I'm hesitant to compare them at all. Really, truly good NY style is still about the bread. Deep dish is about being gooey. Both respectable, as far as I'm concerned. But if somebody was going to open up a pizza joint on my block, much as I miss my twice or thrice yearly deep dish fix, I'd hope it was NY pizza.

"But if somebody was going to open up a pizza joint on my block, much as I miss my twice or thrice yearly deep dish fix, I'd hope it was NY pizza"

Blasphemer! Clearly you've been away from home too long. If you ever say NY hot dogs are better than Superdawg I'll know you've really lost it. :)

"Blasphemer! Clearly you've been away from home too long. If you ever say NY hot dogs are better than Superdawg I'll know you've really lost it. :)"

Whoa, whoa... let's not get carried away here! New York may have Chicago on a lot of things, but hot dogs are NOT one of them :-)

I'm fortunate enough to live in Jersey City, which is a subway stop away from New York City...

I can tell you that the secret to truly great New York pizza are the Jersey tomatoes ;-)

"Whoa, whoa... let's not get carried away here! New York may have Chicago on a lot of things, but hot dogs are NOT one of them :-)"

Now that's more like it... :)

Speaking of hot dogs, your other cousin and I have embarked on a Portillo's tradition when she's in town. For a chain establishment they seem to do a pretty respectable Chicago dog. We've often talked about doing a Portillo's/Superdawg taste off, but so far logistics and the ability to have two hot dog meals in one day has held us off.

And both NY and Chi-town pizza are pretty bad imposters compared to its ancestor in Naples. I married a New Yorker and and she loves large foldable slices. Me, I like my pizza the way it was intended in the homeland, thank you very much. Everything else is just dough, cheese, sauce and meat arranged in a circular form. Sure, it can be good, but I never really think of it as pizza.

Oh, how I miss Gino's East and Giordano's--though I was always partial to Gino's. I grew up in southwestern Michigan and ate Chicago deep dish pizza. I must say, though, that cheese slice of NY pizza benefits from delicious simplicity.

Oh my.... Gino's East, Giordano's, Portillo's..... I went to seminary in Oak Brook and used to love these places... thanks for the beautiful picture (and the memories)...

Gino's East is my favorite of the Chicago pizzerias I've tried. Chicago style deep dish was a huge revelation for me. My first bite nearly brought my tears and I immediately exclaimed, "I must learn how to make this!"
Like most food choices; Chicago vs. N.Y. is a matter of personal preference.
As someone without loyalties to either locale my preference is based solely on the pie. As an L.A. guy I like the California outside-the-box pizzas too.
Peter Reinhart (the Michael Jordan of baking) chose Pizzeria Bianco in Phoenix as the world's best pizza. His book on pizza is a must read for pizza-freaks.

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