Pizza is life – or at least, it’s what most pizza lovers like to say. The savory pie may have originated in Europe but it has become an integral part of American culinary culture, thanks to its introduction by the first Italian immigrants to the United States. Today, there are pizzerias in almost every town and city in the country and their pizzas range from the thin to the deep dish, the basic Neapolitan to the all-meat extravaganzas, and from the traditional to the gluten-free.
Giordano’s and Uno’s Pizza are among the most popular chain of pizzerias in the United States. Both chains offer several versions of pizza but these are best known for their deep dish and stuffed crust pizzas.
The Giordano’s stuffed pizza is so delicious that it has been voted as the best pizza in Chicago, Illinois by Chicago Magazine and in the United States by NBC’s The Today Show! Indeed, if you’re craving for stuffed pizza, then the nearest Giordano restaurant is your first step to pizza nirvana.
This is a pizza known for its traditional Chicago-style crust with a thick, soft and flaky quality to it, thanks to its high-gluten content. The crust isn’t your usual pizza crust because, as its name implies, it’s a meal unto itself because of its rich cheese stuffing – think bread and melted cheese and you get the idea. But a pizza will not be a pizza without the sauce and toppings, so the Giordano’s stuffed pizza has it in loads.
The order of placement on top of the crust is reversed because it’s a Chicago-style pizza. Instead of sauce first and toppings later, the stuffed pizza has its toppings placed on top of the thick crust followed by the red sauce and parmesan cheese. The pizza is then baked to perfection with a flaky crust, melted cheese, and flavorful meats and vegetables.
The toppings themselves are a smorgasbord of goodness including Italian sausages, pepperoni, ground beef, spinach, and peppers, to name a few. The pizzas also come in several sizes with the individual-sized pizza actually satisfying two people albeit with smaller appetites. The salads, pastas and starters should be enough to fill in the gaps, so to speak, in your appetite.
But stuffed pizzas aren’t the only pizzas on the Giordano’s menu. You can order the thin crust pizzas, which have the same generous portions of toppings, cheese and sauce but with a thinner crust. You may or may not like them but these are still worth a shot.
Other items on the menu are mozzarella sticks, toasted beef ravioli, chicken wings, calamari, fettuccine Alfredo, spaghetti with meatballs, and spaghetti with marinara sauce. Your sweet tooth will find its match in the tiramisu, cannolis, and cheesecake.
The Uno’s Pizza deep dish pizza is the main reason for coming to its restaurants and that’s a fact. Bear in mind that this is also Chicago-style pizza with a thicker crust than the New York-style pizza so there’s no sense in making comparisons. You either like it or you don’t but you should give it a try first before passing judgment, especially as it is Uno’s Pizza we’re talking about.
Diners have three versions of pizzas to choose from at a Uno’s restaurant – deep dish, stuffed, and bar pizza. The first two pizzas have thick crusts while the third one has a thinner crust, the right one for pairing with beer.
The Uno’s pizzas, nonetheless, have a subtle corn flavor with notes of garlic and butter in the crust, which add another dimension to the food. The cheese layer can be so thick that biting into the pizza can result in pieces of melted cheese sticking to your palate but it’s a good feeling. The toppings, which include meats, vegetables, and herbs, also come in generous portions so each bite has these toppings.
The sauce is also chunkier in texture and thicker in consistency in comparison with New York-style pizza. These aspects make eating Uno’s pizza filled with pleasant surprises, perhaps a juicy tomato or two in it.
When you’re ordering either the deep dish or the stuffed crust pizza in these restaurants, you have to be patient in waiting for your order. These pizzas take 45 minutes to bake and its cooking time cannot be hurried up since you will end up with an uncooked dough.
While waiting for your order, you can eat other food on the menu, such as the starters, salads, and soups while leaving ample room for the pizza itself. You can also order the pizzas in advance while you’re still at home or in the office, and then pick them up 45 minutes later. You can even finish baking them at home or reheat them in the microwave.
Giordano’s and Uno’s Pizza restaurant are casual dining restaurants so you have to line up at the counter to place and pay for your orders. The casual dress code and ambiance make them kid- and family-friendly, too.
Between the two chains, each one has its own appeal for diners. You should eat in a Giordano and Uno Pizza’s restaurant first before making your choice about your favored one.