The restaurants Uno's and Due's have long been hailed as the original servers of the fantastic deep dish pizza for which Chicago has become so famous. Pizza may not be important to you now, but I tell you: if you have not yet been to one of these restaurants, you have not tasted real pizza. Each time I go back for a return visit, my gastronomical perspective on the world is readjusted, blowing away all greasy cardboard illusions. THIS is pizza!
A trip to Chicago could not be complete unless it includes a visit to either Pizzeria Uno, located at 29 East Ohio, or Pizzeria Due, located at 619 North Wabash Ave, Chicago. Due's was originally created to serve the overflow customers from Uno's, which is why they are located so close to each other, but this has in no way made Due's an inferior restaurant. If you live in the Chicagoland area, it would be simply shameful to have never eaten at either restaurant.
Personally, I prefer the atmosphere of Due's, which is a bit cozier and can be an easier place to find good seating. Otherwise, they are very similar restaurants providing the same friendly service and unequalled deep dish pizza. Recently I noticed an excellent Due's waiter spend more than half and hour getting to know a family of customers and making their visit unforgettable! He went far above and beyond what was required of him.
You can expect to spend about $8-26 at either restaurant; add $5 if you choose an appetizer to help speed the 45min wait while your meal cooks. Well worth the money, a small pizza is generally more than enough for two people. We always have lots of leftovers!
Both restaurants offer great variety in their topping options. While the cheese and veggie pizzas are quite good, I highly recommend ordering their sausage. There is none better on this earth!
Whether you are a pizza connoisseur or you just enjoy good food, visiting one of these restaurants is a must.
If you have to wait to be seated, order while waiting to minimize the time before your pizza arrives once you are able to sit down.
The restrooms at Due's are very small and contain no baby-changing table, but if you ask there is an area they allow customers to use for this purpose.
Yes, you can order takeout, although the experience is more complete if you eat in the restaurant itself.
They do serve food other than pizza, from Italian beef sandwiches to pasta to buffalo wings, but pizza is their famous specialty so don't allow yourself to be distracted from ordering this quintessential delicacy.
If you need something, don't hesitate to ask. They are very responsive to customers' needs.
Do not go to one of the Uno's chain restaurants and expect it to be the same thing. It's not.