We drove up from Lebanon, Ohio based on a friends recommendation. Other chains have invaded southern and central Ohio over the years claiming to be authentic Chicago Pizza and all prior to Giordano's were not even close in quality or style.
The minute we walked into the Columbus store we knew we were in the presence of the real thing. The smells alone screamed authenticity. We were seated quickly and greeted by our server who explained the 'process'. The offered traditional thin crust pizza and the long sought after Deep Dish double crust Chicago Stuffed Pizza. Our waitress explained how the stuffed pizza was made and stated it took 45 minutes to prepare and deliver to the table.
We order a cup of tomato basil soup each and a bruschetta appetizer. Our started arrived quickly and we enjoyed them while waiting for our pizza. Time went by really fast and within the 45 minute window our piping hot and aromatic gem arrived.
A piece of the pie was removed and put on each of our plates with a smile. Man, was it good. Absolutely authentic as we recall from our visits to the windy city. Of course a small pizza was more than two seniors like us could consume so we took two pieces home for later in a take home box where our waitress wrote down instructions for reheating without even being asked.
Summary........ authentic food, Chicago type atmosphere, and fantastic staff. We will make the 95 mile trip many times in the future to get more of this stuff. GREAT!!!