What would you have for your last supper — your very last meal?
I recently had this conversation with friends. While many were unable to answer immediately, one friend knew without question: pizza from Gino’s East in Chicago. Wow. That must be some good pizza.
She went on to tell us that she’s even had it sent overnight to her here in Atlanta. Wow. That must be some really good pizza.
Another friend, whose husband is from Chicago, chimed in on the discussion, also singing the praises of Gino’s East. It didn’t take long for the three of us to devise a plan to get together for some overnighted pizza from Chicago.
I can’t say I have a particular affinity for deep dish pizza. But, I was very interested in a pizza so good it would be someone’s last supper choice. I was just as interested in a pizza so good you could justify the overnight shipping charges.
On pizza day, a package was delivered with dry ice and the precious frozen pizzas. Very specific instructions were included to ensure a final product akin to what is served in the restaurant.
While we waited for the pizzas to cook, a lively discussion ensued from the Chicagoans about the different Chicago pizzerias. Everything from the crust to the way they slice the sausage seems to be different. So, you’re either in one camp or the other. I guess I am in the Gino’s East camp.
I inspected the pizzas closely as they were pulled from the oven. Where was the cheese? All I could see was sauce. I was informed that the meat goes on the bottom, the cheese in the middle, and the sauce on top. The arrangement of toppings was foreign to me, but the defining difference was the crust.
A cornmeal crust? I never would have guessed a Chicago pizza crust would be a kissing cousin to cornbread. The crust could have been more buttery for my Southern tastes. But, surprisingly, it paired quite nicely with the pizza toppings. What I loved about it was that it wasn’t heavy or greasy like some deep dish pizza I’ve had.
My favorite was the sausage pizza — it had far more cheese than the spinach pizza. The spinach also left the crust a tad soggy. So, that was THE pizza. Was it worth a $40 overnight shipping charge? Well, not on a regular basis. But it was fun to experience a pizza so revered by my friends.
Do you have favorite foods that you would pay to overnight?
– by Jenny Turknett, Food & More blog
– Jenny Turknett writes about Southern and Neighborhood Fare for the AJC Dining Team. She also publishes her own blog, Going Low Carb.