Pizzeria Uno and Pizzeria Due are two original pizzerias in the River North/Mag Mile neighborhood of Chicago. When my girlfriends gave me an Uno’s gift card for my birthday, I was so excited to use it! I have had the original Uno’s before, so I wanted to take the chance to use it at Due’s. The “one-and-only” “original” Pizzeria Due is located one block from the Pizzeria Uno. In the summertime, both have lines, but tourists are often wary of visiting Due’s… Still, they claim to serve the same pizza, and both will ultimately give you a Chicago deep dish experience.
DO NOT try to visit an “Uno Chicago Grill.” I am NOT a fan of this chain of restaurants that are modeled after the original pizzerias: There’s no true authenticity and definitely not the same kind of pizza. Ok, now that I’ve gotten that out of my system….
Pizzeria Due opened in 1955 as Uno’s was getting more popular. My cousin, Brian, (see his homemade deep dish post ) models his pizza after the Pizzeria Due recipe. He finds the pizza to be a bit better than Uno’s, but I can’t really see a big difference.
WHAT DO YOU THINK?! DO UNO’S & DUE’S TASTE THE SAME?
Jon & I had a drink at the bar area and shared a caesar salad while we waited for our pizza to cook and a table to open on their patio. It was such a nice evening, and we wanted to enjoy eating outdoors.
We ordered a small pizza to share. A SMALL pizza? For two people?! But yes, a small pizza is suggested to feed two people. Jon wanted the “Numero Uno” Pizza. Of course the name is intriguing, but it is also packed with toppings: with sausage, pepperoni, onions, peppers, mushrooms and their unique chunky tomato sauce as well as mozzarella and grated Romano. I asked for no mushrooms on my half, but otherwise we were excited to dig in.
I was excited when the pizza arrived, and after my first bite, I instantly tasted buttercrust & Sausage… Those were the first flavors… and they were so good. I am always hesitant to order too many toppings on my pizza (and I still stand by that), but it was a fun flavor explosion that night.
The crust is great… I like it better than Gino’s East because it is less of a tough & yellow crust. You can definitely taste butter & garlic in it. I also like the sauce at Uno’s better than Gino’s East because I don’t always love the tangy/sweet sauce.
After eating at Pizzeria Due, I am anxious to write a review about Lou Malnati’s since I know SO MANY of my friends are obsessed with their pizza. Enjoy your weekend and GET READY for NATIONAL PIZZA PARTY DAY on Sunday, May 15th. In fact, feel free to check out one of the Chicago Pizza Tours! It’s a great way to enjoy.