Copycat Gino’s East Pizza Recipe

1
2
3
4
5
5 from 2 votes
Jump To Recipe
Avatar Author's default profile picture
Recipes.net Team Modified: January 31, 2022

Deep-dish pizza hits two birds with one stone. First, it satisfies your taste buds with its extra burst of flavors. Second, it satisfies your tummy because it is undeniably filling. One of the restaurants that specializes in deep-dish pizza is Gino’s East. And with this Gino’s Chicago Deep Dish Pizza recipe, you can recreate it at home.

In this Gino’s East Pizza copycat recipe, we’re dividing the Chicago style pizza into three parts: the homemade pizza crust, the fresh tomato sauce, and the toppings. The crust is a yeast dough that you can make ahead of time, freeze, and thaw when ready to use. You can also use it for other pizza recipes. For the tomato sauce, we oven-roasted a bunch of fresh tomatoes with Italian herbs to really help bring out their natural sweet and bright flavor. You can certainly use your favorite jar of chunky marinara sauce, but this homemade one tastes way richer. Finally, for the toppings, we like our homemade deep dish pizza with lots of gooey mozzarella cheese, pepperoni, and Italian sausage.

Learn how to make a deep dish pizza like it came from a pizza house with this easy to follow Gino’s Chicago Deep Dish Pizza recipe. Get your best quality deep dish pizza pan, gather the ingredients, and have fun making it for a scrumptious pizza Friday dinner.


Copycat Gino’s East Pizza Recipe

How To Make Copycat Gino's East Pizza

This Gino’s Chicago Deep Dish Pizza recipe makes a crispy yet fluffy pizza crust filled with pepperoni, Italian sausage, mozzarella cheese, and topped with a rich chunky tomato sauce made using fresh tomatoes.

Prep: 30 mins
Rest: 8 hrs
Cook: 1 hr 15 mins
Total: 9 hrs 45 mins
Makes:

Ingredients

For Crust:

  • 1 cup lukewarm water
  • 2 tbsp active dry yeast
  • cup olive oil, plus extra for brushing
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1 tsp cream of tartar
  • 1 lb bread flour, plus extra for dusting

For Pizza Sauce:

  • 28 oz tomatoes, fresh and ripe, preferably San Marzano or roma
  • 2 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 2 tsp parmesan cheese, grated or powdered
  • salt and ground black pepper, to taste

For Toppings:

  • 16 oz mozzarella, grated
  • 1 cup pepperoni slices
  • 1 cup Italian sausage, casings removed, crumbled

Instructions

Crust:

  1. In a bowl, combine the water, yeast, oil, cream of tartar, and honey.

  2. Mix until the yeast dissolves.

  3. Pour in the bread flour a little at a time, mixing until fully combined.

  4. Knead it until it gets firm. Add more flour, if needed.

  5. Continue kneading for about 10 minutes straight.

  6. Roll it into a ball, and put it in a bowl. Brush the dough and all sides of the bowl with oil. Cover with plastic wrap.

  7. Transfer to a dark warm area and let it rest overnight, unrefrigerated.

Pizza Sauce:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

  2. Combine the tomatoes and Italian seasoning in a roasting tray.

  3. Roast in the oven for 30 minutes.

  4. Transfer the roasted tomatoes in a large bowl. Using a potato masher or fork, mash the tomatoes up so that there are no chunks bigger around than a quarter.

  5. Add the salt, pepper, and parmesan cheese. Mix to combine.

To Assemble:

  1. After the dough has risen, coat the inside of a 10-inch springform pan (can be a deep dish pizza pan or round cake pan with straight sides as well) with non-stick cooking spray, melted butter, or oil.

  2. Dust the work surface. Roll the dough into about 3 inches larger than the bottom of the pan, then pinch the dough up along the sides of the pan.

  3. Put the cheese right in the middle. Add the pepperoni and sausage pieces. Pour the pizza sauce on top, then spread evenly.

  4. Bake in the oven for about 45 minutes at 350 degrees F until the crust is starting to look brown and cheese is starting to bubble up through the sauce. The little edges of the pepperoni should also be starting to crisp and the sausage should be cooked through.

  5. Serve and enjoy!

Nutrition

  • Sugar: 8g
  • :
  • Calcium: 326mg
  • Calories: 667kcal
  • Carbohydrates: 52g
  • Cholesterol: 82mg
  • Fat: 38g
  • Fiber: 3g
  • Iron: 2mg
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 17g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g
  • Potassium: 530mg
  • Protein: 28g
  • Saturated Fat: 14g
  • Sodium: 833mg
  • Trans Fat: 1g
  • Vitamin A: 1221IU
  • Vitamin C: 14mg
Nutrition Disclaimer

Frequently Asked Questions

What makes Chicago deep-dish pizza different?

While a regular pizza has the edges rolled and is usually baked on a flat pizza pan, a deep dish pizza has the dough extended up to the sides of a deep pan like a pie. This turns into a crispy crust and creates more room for the filling. On another note, for regular pizzas, the pizza sauce is usually the first layer of topping. But for deep dish pizza, just like what we did for this Gino’s Chicago Deep Dish Pizza recipe, the cheese goes first, then the meat. The pizza sauce goes on top.

Why is my deep dish pizza soggy?

If you made this Gino’s Chicago Deep Dish Pizza recipe using a watery marinara sauce or tomato sauce, the excess moisture will make it soggy. If that’s the case, then you can strain it first using two layers of cheesecloth to drain off excess liquid. Another reason is that the oven might not be preheated or the pizza might be baked at a low temperature. If the oven is not hot enough, the crust won’t crisp up properly. Check and make sure that the oven temperature is accurate.

How do you keep deep dish pizza from sticking?

For this Gino’s pizza recipe, greasing the deep dish pan with fat and dusting it with flour should be enough to prevent the dough from sticking at the bottom. If you find the need for an extra barrier between the pan and the dough, you can dust it as well with cornmeal or crushed corn flakes.

pizza-ideas

Conclusion

Bring home the famous pizza from Chicago with this easy Gino’s Chicago Deep Dish Pizza recipe! Every part of it — the crispy crust, the rich pizza sauce, and the delicious fillings — will ultimately give triple the satisfaction for all the pizza lovers out there.
Chat Bubble Icon Share your own special recipe
Submit Your Own Recipe

Have your own special recipe to share? Submit Your Recipe Today!

Related Recipes

Salad

Mexican Coleslaw Recipe

Give your coleslaw a refreshing twist. This Mexican coleslaw recipe is loaded with black beans, corn, jalapeno, and red pepper tossed with zesty dressing.
16 mins

Pan-Fry & Skillet

Garlic Butter Shrimp Scampi Recipe

Whip up a serving of this buttery shrimp scampi for your next dinner party. This white wine and butter infused dish takes only 10 minutes to make.
10 mins

Corned Beef

Crispy Slow Cooker Corned Beef Recipe

Prepare this corned beef that is tender on the inside and with crispy, crackling skin and rich flavors from the foolproof mix of vinegar and soy sauce.
9 hrs 5 mins

Pan-Fry & Skillet

Lemon Garlic Butter Chicken Thighs Recipe

These chicken thighs slathered with a delectable lemon garlic butter makes the perfect dinner meal! It's a one pan meal that you can whip up in no time.
50 mins

Pies & Pastries

Churro Nutella Christmas Tree Recipe

Make your Christmas party more festive with this Nutella Christmas tree! It's made with churro pastry and loaded with tasty Nutella for a decadent treat.
40 mins

Slow Cooked

Slow Cooker Mac and Cheese Recipe

Making mac and cheese using a slow cooker produces a tender and creamy pasta dish with a well-rounded sweet and salty taste from two types of cheese.
1 hr 35 mins

Salad

Sun-Dried Tomato Caesar Salad Recipe

Enjoy this vegetarian twist to the classic Caesar salad. Crisp lettuce is served with a dressing of sun-dried tomatoes and grated parmesan.
30 mins

Slow Cooked

Slow Cooker Apricot Chicken Recipe

The sweetness of apricot contributes to the well-roundedness of this apricot chicken dish and balanced with French dressing, spices, and tender chicken.
4 hrs 7 mins

Baked

Cheesy Garlic Brussels Sprouts Recipe

These caramelized and roasted garlic Brussel sprouts provide a sweet and earthy taste that complements the sweet and salty flavor of the Mozzarella cheese.
40 mins

Vegetables

Roasted Cauliflower and Freekeh Recipe

This roasted cauliflower and freekeh recipe is served with a garlicky tahini sauce. It is a rich vegetarian meal inspired by Middle Eastern cuisine.
45 mins

Cheesecake

Chocolate Almond Cheesecake Recipe

Indulge yourself with this velvety and crunchy cheesecake! It's got delicious bites of chocolate, almonds and coconut to taste just like Almond Joy bars.
7 hrs
Comments

Leave a comment

Replying to