Minneapolis, we hate to say it, but we're sick of your pizza. Luce and Mesa are fine, but we reached our threshold for baked potato and macaroni 'za long ago. We want the standards. We want quality. We want Chicago and New York-style pizzerias to teleport to the Twin Cities and show us how it's done.
Our most gluttonous desires are about to become a reality. Giordano's, one of Chicago's leading deep dish pizza chains, is headed to Minneapolis.
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Giordano's will take over the new retail space built by Nolan Properties Group at 2700 Hennepin Ave. S., the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal reports. The restaurant will include a wine and spirits bar and seating for up to 109 diners.
If you're a Chicago native, you know there's a longstanding controversy among Chicagoans over who makes the best deep dish. Is it Pizzeria Uno? Giordano's? Lou Malnati's? Fortunately for us northerners, we don't have to choose. And trust us: Compared to what we're currently working with in the pizza department, Giordano's is good enough.
In addition to deep dish pizzas, Giordano's offers thin crust pizzas, appetizers, salads, and sandwiches. But let's be real -- when you're going to Giordano's, you're going to stuff your face with gargantuan triangles of buttery crust, sweet tomato sauce, veggies, and heaps of cheese and meat. If you're looking for an authentic experience, start with the Special (sausage, mushrooms, green peppers, and onions) or the Chicago Classic (pepperoni, mushrooms, green peppers, and onions).
Giordano's deep dish recipe was formulated in a small northern town near Torino, Italy by a woman known as Mama Giordano. Though she mastered many dishes, her "Italian Easter Pie," a double-crusted, cheese-stuffed variation of the pizza, became the town favorite. In 1974, brothers Efren and Joseph Boglio brought Mama's stuffed pizza recipe to Chicago's south side, where the business has grown and prospered over the past 40 years.
Giordano's currently operates more than 40 restaurants in Chicago and its surrounding suburbs, in addition to three Florida locations. For those without local Giordano's locations, the company offers a shipping service for 10-inch pizza packs and heart-shaped pizzas for special occasions. It's a pricey order (starting at $59 for two pies), but we don't have to worry about overnighting our 'za from Chicago anymore -- we're going to have a little slice of it right here in Minnesota.
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