Edit: This post originally included a photo believed to be a jalapeño pizza from Gino's East in Mexico City. It was, instead, a pie from Gino's in the South Loop taken by Chicago Pizza Tours. The post has been updated to include a more accurate photo.
Anyone jealous of Gino's East customers in Mexico that enjoy exclusive Mexican-influenced items such as deep-dish pizza with chorizo, chicken wings al pastor and chipotle meatballs have good news. The pizza chain announced in a news release that they're bringing those items to the states for the first time, at a new restaurant at a yet-to-be-determined spot in Pilsen. There was no opening date announced, either.
Pilsen's large population of Mexicans and Mexican-Americans is the reason for launching these menu items in the neighborhood. For now, they will only be available stateside in Pilsen, with the possibility of more Chicago restaurants in the future.
It seems the Gino's East family really enjoyed their time in Mexico, where the chain opened their first restaurant earlier this year in Mexico City. The development process in Mexico inspired Gino's VP Noah Himmel to urge executive chef Roberto Tostado in Mexico City to blend traditional Mexican flavors with Chicago-style deep dish. When they opened in Mexico, they unveiled new items like a "Oaxaca Caprese Salad" and new pizza toppings like pork al pastor, nopales, esquites, grilled poblano peppers and habañeros. Other new items include the "Gino's Poblano Supreme" (grilled poblanos, caramelized onions, pepperoni and mushrooms) and the "Four Queso Fundido," (cheddar, mozzarella, manchego, Romano, chorizo and cilantro). These items will all appear on the menu in Pilsen.
This isn't the first time Gino's has shown love for the Latino community. The chain last month agreed to donate sales from 5 Rabbit Cerveceria's anti-Donald Trump beer to the International Latino Cultural Center of Chicago. They've also got plans for more expansion in Mexico.
Gino's isn't the only deep-dish chain setting up shop in Pilsen. Giordano's has plans to open a restaurant at 1401 W. 18th St., though it will be primarily for delivery and carry out.