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Chicago’s Deep Dish Pizza Is Getting A Mexican Makeover

Everyone knows Chicago’s deep dish game is on point. But Gino’s East, one of the originators of the Windy City cuisine, is looking to improve on perfection by bringing Mexican flavors into the mix.

Deep dish pizza. @ginoseastmx #NuestraPanzaNoEsDeSalarioMinimo

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Their gamble was a success. Within the first year, the Mexico City location was making a profit.

Taking a cue from the success of their Mexico City location, Gino’s East in Chicago began playing with their own menu. Their shop in Pilsen, a predominantly Latino neighborhood, features Mexican inspired pizzas.

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The ingredients are solid, but the prices look a little, how do you say, “gentrified.” Also, note that these Mexican-style pizzas are listed as “specialty” pizzas.

While adding ingredients like Oaxacan cheese, al pastor, cactus and carnitas, the deep dish pizza sounds amazing in theory, the execution is what really matters.

Love at first bite.? #ginoseast #chicagodeepdish ? @rhubarb_astor

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Chicago has one of the largest populations of Latinos in the U.S., and Gino’s is located in Pilsen, a predominantly Mexican neighborhood. Gino’s is really going to have to step up their game to compete with the local fare.

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So far, Yelpers haven’t shied away from praising the company’s attempt at fusion.

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However, it’s Yelp, so there’s also those who are less than enthused with their dining experience.

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It’s cool to see companies incorporating Mexican food into their menus, but I can’t help but feel a little cynical about the growing acceptance from the mainstream. AHEM.

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It’s no secret that Latinos bring a lot of money to the economy, and when a company starts offering up items that border on pandering, it feels like we’re being viewed as dollar signs rather than people…

Oh, pizza. I can’t stay mad at you.

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If you’re in the Chicago area, check out the pizza at Gino’s and let us know your thoughts.


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This Photo Went Viral And Changed This Paletero’s Life Forever

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This Photo Went Viral And Changed This Paletero’s Life Forever

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Meet Fidencio Sanchez, an elderly paleta vendor from the Little Village area of Chicago who is still working hard after retirement age. Sanchez’s story became a trending topic on the Internet after Chicago local, Joel Cervantes Macias, shared a heart-wrenching image of the older man struggling to push his paleta cart.


“It broke my heart seeing this man that should be enjoying retirement still working at this age,” said Joel in a GoFundMe page he created for Sanchez. “I had to pull over and took this picture. I then bought 20 paletas and gave him a $50 and said may God bless him and drove away,” he added.

Joel initially posted the photo on Facebook, where he received a huge response. Immediately, he and a friend launched a GoFundMe page to help Sanchez and his wife.

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“Mr. Fidencio Sanchez and his wife recently lost their only daughter and are still heartbroken about the situation. His elderly wife was selling paletas also to help pay bills, but she fell ill and can’t work anymore,” wrote Joel.

Sanchez’s story picked up so much traction, local news organizations came to interview him and his wife. Here they are talking about how they came to the U.S. from Mexico.

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The campaign, which was set at a $3,000 goal, has surpassed over $150,000 since it kicked off on September 9. The campaign is still trending.

And here he is still grinding.

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“I’m just humbled and overwhelmed with all the incredible kindness from all the people of not only Little Village but nationwide,” Macias said in an interview with Gozamos.

You can donate here.


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