I wasn’t that hungry Thursday evening when we walked into Giordano’s Pizza in Rosemont. I wasn’t …until I smelled the intoxicating aroma of cheese, pepperoni, dough, and tomato sauce. I don’t know if it was because we were seated only 10-15 feet away from the kitchen, or if it permeated the restaurant, but oh man, I was salivating immediately after sitting down.
This was my fourth trip to Chicago, and I’d had deep dish pizza before, but never Giordano’s. After my first bite, I wondered why is this my first time, and do I need to move to Chicago because this pizza is amazing and addicting. Our table ordered a BBQ chicken pizza with cheese, bbq chicken and sauce, bacon and balsamic onions; a classic with cheese, sauce, pepperoni, mushrooms, green peppers and onions; and a cheese.
Tip: It takes 45 minutes for the deep dish to cook, so be prepared to wait especially on weekends and busy nights.
I went with a slice of the classic, alright, so it might have been two slices of classic, but who’s counting. One slice is more than enough, but it was just too good not to have another piece. The cheese was thick and gooey, the sauce was perfection, and the mushrooms, onions and peppers combined to give it layers of flavor. My mouth and tummy were in heaven, and my diet was in jeopardy. I guess its a good thing I don’t live in Chicago, because I know my limits, and I could easily eat Giordano’s pizza every day of the week.
There should probably be some kind of warning on the door of the restaurant or the menu, “warning after you eat one of our pizzas, you may never eat another pizza anywhere else, that will measure up.” They definitely have some big endorsements to back it up, Giordano’s Pizza was chosen “Best Pizza in America” by NBC, and the Chicago Tribune wrote “Giordano’s pizza is a must when in Chicago.”
Giordano’s in Rosemont delivers to hotels in the O’Hare area, but it’s only a short walk from the Westin O’Hare.
Our server JoAnn was amazing, and as you know by now I can’t go anywhere without making new friends. JoAnn has worked at Giordano’s in Rosemont for 17 years, and that location has been open for 21 years. Her service was great, and I was impressed by her dedication to the restaurant. (Also that she’s surrounded by pizza and still skinny)
If stuffed pizza is not your thing, you can also order thin crust pizza. On a second visit to Giordano’s Saturday night with friends, we tried the fried mozzarella, and chopped salad. It was their first visit so I let them choose the pizza, deep dish with onions, sausage, and mushrooms. Even with different toppings, it was phenomenal. There’s just something about the way the sauce on top, combines with the cheese and toppings, for a party of flavors in your mouth.
You can buy Giordano’s frozen pizzas to take home with you, don’t worry airport security is used to visitors flying home with their arms full of pizzas. I’m still regretting not buying a few to carry on the plane with me. They have 40 locations in Chicago, three in Florida, and you can order online and have Giordano’s pizza shipped anywhere in the U.S.
Giordano’s frozen pizzas are good for 8 hours without refrigeration