In Chicago, eating pizza is a dining experience, not just a snack. But it wasn't always that way.
Ike Sewell changed things back in 1943 when he created Deep Dish Pizza. Some folks call it Chicago pizza. Ike figured that if you combined some of Italy's old, authentic recipes with impressive quantities of the finest meats, spices, vegetables and cheeses, pizza would become a hearty meal. So he opened Pizzeria Uno
as a fine restaurant specializing in his new Deep Dish Pizza, and it wasn't long before the restaurant had more customers than it could handle.
Because Uno didn't have enough room to expand, Ike did another wonderful thing. He opened Pizzeria Due
on the opposite street corner in the lower level of a beautiful, Victorian mansion. The rest is legend. Pizzeria Uno
and Pizzeria Due
have become the most celebrated Pizzerias in the world. They've been mentioned in gourmet cookbooks, written about in magazines and major newspapers, and featured on television and radio shows.
Ike's original Deep Dish Pizza has been imitated many times, but never quite duplicated. But the story doesn't end there. You see, Ike was born in Texas and grew up on hearty Mexican cooking and the local variations called Tex-Mex. He thrived on this flavorful food but couldn't find it in Chicago. So, in 1963, Ike opened Su Casa
in the carriage house of the mansion that houses Pizzeria Due
and brought his own special style of Mexican dining to the windy city. Su Casa quickly became the gathering place for Mexican food aficionados, and has remained so now for almost 50 years!