It may not sounding shocking, but I am a pizza snob as much as I am a breakfast food snob or a travel obsessed crazed person. But even my crazed travel plans are strained by a budget and the need for compromises. Speaking of budgets, it’s always good to look for places where you can cut corners and save extra money.
I was off work for many weeks this summer before I got a part-time job. In that time, I tried to save money and tighten the budget. But I wasn’t prepared to sacrifice my taste buds. Well, I decided we eat pizza out too much and spend almost $30 when we order pizza and that was too much.
So I found myself standing in the freezer aisle of the grocery store staring at more pizza brands than I could imagine. Last time I bought a good frozen pizza, it was Home Run Inn. But I felt like a deep dish pizza would be better.
Then I see it. Gino’s East has a frozen deep dish pizza, a small but heavy box with the branding screaming out my name. I have fond family memories at Gino’s East downtown. When family from Montana visited, we’d all go there and eat pizza until we couldn’t walk.
For only $6, I thought it would be worth trying. A few days later, we pop this bad boy in the oven and wait for delicious smells to fill our home.
Coming out of the oven, we’re both drooling over a thick pizza with bubbling cheese. Sliced and on a plate, we sit down with knives and forks (deal with it New Yorkers) and take a bite. Good smells don’t always equal good taste. This pizza had tasteless sauce, okay crust, and a bland cheese.
When finished, we both agreed that we’d skip this pizza in the future. I’m sure the Gino’s East restaurants still serve a mean pie, but from your grocery store freezer, pass on this lame experience.
This Chicago girl learned that a good deep dish is in a restaurant and not in the freezer.