Chicago Tribune - Phil Vettel 2/18/09:
In 1943, Chicago produced a unique variation on traditional Italian and American pizzas with a coarse, crunchy crust, sauce on top of cheese instead of the other way around, and Italian sausage at its heart. Over the years, a family tree of Chicago pizzerias has coalesced around the originator of the deep-dish pizza, a place that came to be known as Pizzeria Uno.
Owners: Ric Riccardo (died, 1954) and Ike Sewell (died, 1990)
OTHER NOTABLE EMPLOYEES
Chef Alice May Redmond
Waitress Helen Delisi
Bartender/manager Adolpho "Rudy" Malnati Sr.
Rudy Malnati's son Lou Malnati
Owner: Alice May Redmond
Owner: Helen Delisi (sold in 1999)
Uno Chicago Grill
Boston-based chain with 202 restaurants in 33 states
Owner: Rudy Malnati Jr.
Owner: Ike Sewell
Manager: Lou Malnati
Employee: Louisa Degenero
Owner: Louisa DeGenero
Owners: Lou Malnati (died, 1978), his sons Marc and Rick Malnati
Deconstructing deep dish
The Tribune's Phil Vettel tastes and tells:
A crust as thick as Malnati's, but denser and crunchier, topped by crushed tomatoes
A sweet, yellow and bready crust, topped with a sweeter sausage
Thick bread crust is almost spongy, the sausage tangy
A crisp crust and peppery sausage
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MORE IMPORTANT MOMENTS IN CHICAGO PIZZA
1937: Pizza originally comes to Chicago. Pizzeria Napolitano opens and thrives on Taylor Street.
1947: Nick Perrino and mother-in-law Mary Grittani found Homerun Inn Pizza, which features thin-crust pizza.
1973: Godfather's Pizza founded.
1974: Giordano's Pizza and Nancy's Pizza open and add a layer of crust to the top of the pizza, creating the first "stuffed" pizza.
June 1966 - Lou Malnati serves his father Rudy Malnati, proprietor of Pizzeria Uno,the 2 millionth pizza his two restaurants had turned out in 23 years of business.
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