The Original Gino's East of Chicago

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Legend has it two cab drivers were frustrated with rush hour traffic, so they decided to ditch the taxis, partner up with a pal, and go into the pizza business. The original Gino's opened in 1966; the chain now has multiple locations in the city and suburbs. The draw here is the gut-busting deep-dish pizza; each pie is loaded with heady amounts of cheese and chunky tomato sauce and baked to order (plan ahead, the pies take 30-45 minutes). Bestsellers include the sausage (patty or crumbled) or the "supreme" with sausage or pepperoni, onions, mushrooms and green peppers. For those who can't deal with the inevitable deep-dish food coma, thin crust pies, stromboli, pasta and sandwiches also make the menu.