Published on September 22nd, 20142
Wait! Chicago Pizza – Here in Cuenca, Ecuador?
Indeed, though I’ve lived more than 2/3 of my life far from my birthplace (first California, then Oregon, then Colorado, then Washington, then Vietnam, then Thailand, and now Ecuador) – I shall never, ever forget those amazing quintessential Chi-town eats: deep-dish pizza (Uno’s I’m lookin’ at YOU!), Italian beef sandwiches, and best of all, bar-none, most beloved childhood comfort food: a scrumptious Chicago Red Hot (hot dog).
And so it was, that I couldn’t help but involuntarily drool, the moment I learned of a restaurant right here in the heart of El Centro that allegedly offered the pizza from my long ago youth.
So I swiftly skipped down the cobbled lane (just 5 blocks from my front door) to the namesake of my childhood: Chicago Pizza.
From the outside, it surely LOOKED like it promised the authentic deep-dish ala Uno’s and Due’s goods (well o.k. but for the Spanish “Desayunos” and “Almuerzos” on the sign), but…
…what about the pizza itself – could it possibly replicate the 3 inch deep “pizza pies” plunked down on your red and white checkered tablecloth in a steaming cast iron skillet in Chicago?
Well o.k., that would be a big ol’ “NOPE!” Not exactly 3 inches high, nor even a hopeful inch. Looked more like a “New York” style pizza slice, if you ask me. And indeed (shh! don’t tell my family but…) I actually favor the thin-crusted cheesy slices of pizza from that other great city (you know, the one dubbed “La Gran Manzana”).
O.k. so it’s not Chi-town deep-dish but NYC thin crust. Ah but what does it taste like?
So… what do ya think???
(This Chicago native’s verdict? OMG yummm-MERS!)
P.S. And the price? Even more delicioso: just $1 a slice.