Chicago: Pizzeria Due

When my high school friend came to visit from New York, I asked her if she wanted the full Chicago experience (in other words, whether she wanted deep dish). As it turns out, she's a big fan of pizza. I originally planned for a day of touring downtown Chicago with some pizza for a late lunch, but due to numerous flight delays (damn you, Chicago weather!), we could only squeeze in a quick visit to The Bean before heading straight to Pizzeria Due for dinner:

Pizzeria Due is owned by the same people who run Pizzeria Uno. It's tempting to pronounce "due" as the "due" in "due date", but it's actually "doo-eh", which means "two" in Italian. Duh. Pizzeria Uno and Pizzeria Due are also only a block apart. I picked Pizzeria Due because it was the first one we came across.

Granted it was a Tuesday night, but we were still a little worried by how absolutely empty it was inside:

Nevertheless, we buckled down and decided to stick it through. The two of us ordered the medium numero uno:

A medium was definitely too much, but our intent was to have some leftover for my friend to have the next day while I was in class.

The numero uno comes with cheese, sausage, pepperoni, mushrooms, onion, and green peppers:

The very first thing I noticed when the pizza arrived and was being served to us was the lack of stringy cheese. In my limited deep dish experience, there's usually a long string of cheese that trails after the pizza slice as it is being lifted out of the pan. Now this could either be a good or a bad thing. Some deep dish joints have way too much cheese in their pizza, but when it comes to pizza cheese is still an essential ingredient, so the last thing you want is a non-cheesy pizza.

Luckily, it turned out to be a good thing. The amount of cheese was just perfect. The pizza was still cheesy without being overly so. The crust was a little crunchy for my tastes and while the sausage chunks were HUGE, I think I still prefer both Gino's East's crust and sausage.

Another Chicago deep dish done, how many more places left to go?

Pizzeria Due
619 N Wabash Ave
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 943-2400


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