Visiting Chicago, you are supposed to eat some Chicago style pizza right? Well where else should one go besides the iconic restaurant that started it all, Pizzeria Uno and Pizzeria Due. Two establishments that have stood the test of time, located on opposite street corners in downtown Chicago.
We decided on Due, and walked in. Cool historic location, it is built in the basement of a larger building. The restaurant had a historical feel to it, and while it was definitely old, it seemed to be clean and well kept.
We were greeted by our server immediately. She knew her stuff, was friendly, charismatic, and we enjoyed her company. Not overly hovering but there when you needed her. She asked if we had been there before, and she gave us some pointers.
We decided on a traditional deep dish pepperoni ($14.59) and a cesar ($6.99) salad to share. Our server recommended the “Small” size pizza, me thinking a small would be too small, I listened to her anyways. She let us know the pizza would be about 30-40 minutes. That was no issue, especially since we needed a break from all of our walking. This was out last day in Chicago and we were all but pooped.
The cesar salad came out and we quickly noticed something was missing. The croutons! Cesar salads have three ingredients, romaine lettuce, dressing, and croutons! We asked if we could get some and the server said “Sorry honey, we are all out of croutons”. I wish we knew that when we ordered the salad, maybe would have gotten something else. The romaine was fresh, the dressing was great, and the fresh parmesan cheese topped it off perfectly.
The main course of a small deep dish pepperoni pizza arrives piping hot. The sauce was fresh and flavorful, I liked the use of fresh mozzarella cheese on top, but I got to say, the crust was a huge let down… It had the flavor and consistency of a biscuit. It was oddly flaky, and just crumbled away. Now I am no pizza snob, and I certainly don’t claim to be an expert, but this just simply wasn’t right. I wouldn’t want to go back to eat, but I would be super interested in trying it again, just to know if that is how they intend it to be.
Conclusion of Pizzeria Due Chicago
Well, the location is cool, the building historic, and the service is good, but the food quality is lacking. There are alot of pizza places in Chicago, and Pizzeria Due Chicago is one that I would probably not eat at again.