Monday, September 5, 2011

Pizzeria Uno

Location: 29 E Ohio St.
Cost: About $10 per person

Nothing brings together all of your college friends like a good out of town visitor. A few weeks back this buddy of ours from LA came in town. The first Bears preseason game was on, and we took that as a good excuse to round up the troops for a little beer and pizza. We all met up at Frost, Jitty, and Helberg's new apartment in Wrigleyville and ordered in some Pizzeria Uno.

The first key point is that we ordered for pick up because eating at this place is somewhat of a logistical nightmare. There a seemingly endless line most nights, and the worst part is it's a heavy tourist crowd. I get enough tourist interaction during the day when I have to push past all the schmucks taking pictures in the middle of a Michigan Avenue crosswalk while I'm trying to get to the hospital. Either way, we picked up, and that rant was a bit beside the point. If you're taking out the service isn't the best either. The pizza took an extra 20 minutes from when they told us to come get it. Plus it's kind of hard to find a parking spot while you get the pizza.

The cost is reasonable considering that every deep dish pizza seems to run around $20 in the city (give or take based on toppings). We had a pretty large crew, and between our many salads and pizzas it still came out to a bit under $10 per person.

The Food
We got a few of the house salads to start things off. They're nothing special, and normally I wouldn't fault someone for a mediocre house salad but the Lou Malnati's one is off the hook. At least it's better than the plastic veggies they call a salad at Pequod's.

 The House Salad

We got a smattering of pizzas from veggie combos to sausage to plain cheese. In general the crust is medium on the butter but hearty on the crisp. It was a bit dry for my taste, but at least there was no risk of it falling apart on me. They're not shy with the cheese or tomato sauce, but I thought the sauce was a bit bland. The extra ingredients were plentiful, but it reached a point where the pizza became somewhat of a mess after a few slices were served (probably more our faults though). The sausage at Lou's was juicier and more flavorful than this one too.

 The Cheese Pizza

People come from far and wide to try Uno's. It's kind of a funny thing though because you can get Uno's all over the country (although due to some franchising blunders this may not go on forever). It's like when Michael Scott shows off his favorite NYC pizza place that ends up being Sbarro. Ok, maybe it's not that extreme, but I think the pizza is relatively average. It's a staple in the Chicago pizza discussion, but I don't think the flavors are there when you compare to some other spots in town. The crust and the sausage were a little underwhelming. I'm giving them 3 out of 5 Pearls.

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