For years, the war has raged on: exactly where was the first American pizzeria located? Those from the Big Apple swear that they get to claim the honor; natives of the Windy City say the title is all theirs. Let me put this argument to rest once and for all. I hate to break it to you, my fellow Chicagoans, but the New Yorkers are right. Pizza was first introduced to the American public in New York City.
However, all is not lost! We too have a stake in the claim. While it’s true that pizza originated in New York, pizza as a meal – the famous, mouthwatering, deepdish pie – was indeed invented in Chicago, Illinois, and what a creation it was! In 1943, Ike Sewell had an idea. He thought if he took the pizza concept and turned it into a pie, stuffed with fresh vegetables, succulent meats, and full-bodied cheese, the snack had the potential to become a filling, hearty meal. Ike opened up a restaurant on the corner of Wabash and Ohio – the now-famous Pizzeria Uno – and introduced the world to his deep dish pizza.
Dining at Pizzeria Uno (known to locals as Uno’s) has become a Chicago tradition. The pizza is outstanding! The crust is buttery and flaky, the veggies and meats are plentiful, and the cheese is heavenly. If, by any chance, you have a party pooper in your bunch (isn’t there one in every crowd?) who isn’t a pizza fan, no problem! Uno’s has sandwiches, pastas, and an array of appetizers (you’ve gotta try Florence’s minestrone!) to choose from.
One thing you need to know about Uno’s is that its reputation is far-reaching. People really do come from all around the world to enjoy dining at the home of the original deep dish so be prepared to wait. The friendly, upbeat staff do their best to keep your wait to a minimum, though. Once you’re on the list, your order is taken. By the time you’ve settled in your seats, your pizza is nearly ready! Another important FYI: this is the original restaurant, the place where it all began… it ain’t a large place, folks. Back in 1943, seating for 40 was sufficient. Flash forward to the twenty-first century. In our world of “more plus faster equals better,” the original Uno’s is a relic, with its small dining area and long wait. If you’re in a hurry, you’re better off eating someplace else; however, if you’re in the city to enjoy the great Chicago experience, hop in the line and enjoy. The staff at Uno’s won’t disappoint!