We all know Chicago is the home of deep-dish pizza, but there is
so much more to the story. After Cubs versus Sox, Uno's versus
Malnati's must be the second biggest local rivalry.
Recently, I joined a pizza tour to get the inside scoop on
Chicago's pizza scene and sample the different ways cheese,
tomatoes and bread can be compiled.
Slice of Chicago Pizza Tours offers a two-hour walking tour that
covers one mile and gets you three slices of pie while feeding your
mind with pizza lore and fun facts-Did you know people in America
eat 350 slices of pizza per second?
Our guide traced the history of pizza in Chicago from its humble
beginnings in the wooden bathtubs of Taylor Street in Little Italy
to its explosion after World War II, which led to the opening of
Pizzeria Uno in 1943.
The tour starts at Pizzeria Uno, 26 E. Ohio, although it doesn't
go inside the restaurant. With a seating capacity of 100, the
historic institution prefers to bring out paper plates of piping
hot slices to eat while standing on the sidewalk. To make this
easier for the kids, bring a bottle of water and some wet
From the granddaddy of Chicago pizza, we walked to a relative
unknown on the pizza scene, Pizzeria Ora, and were quickly seated.
The walk also stops at Giordano's and winds past other pizza
This tour is great for tweens on up, especially growing boys.
Besides a big stomach, our tour guide, Will, recommends that an
interest in history helps.
And the three mini-slices really do fill you up. Even the pair
of 15-year-olds on my tour agreed at the end they couldn't eat
Rebecca Lomax is the art director at Chicago Parent.
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