Georgio’s Chicago Pizzeria & Pub was founded in 2002, when it opened its first restaurant in Crystal Lake, Illinois. The business was new but the Deep Dish Pizza recipe was more than half a century old. Georgio’s award-winning Chicago-style pizza is made today with the same recipe created in 1943 by Alice May Redmond and her sister Ruth Hadley.
The sisters worked at Pizzeria Uno and Gino’s East for a total of 46 years. When they decided to hang up their aprons in 1989 – at the same time, Michael Coli co-founder of Georgio’s was opening his first pizzeria, Old World Pizza, in Elmwood Park. May and Ruth were gracious enough work at Old World, while sharing their secret pizza recipe.
Michael first introduced his sons to thin crust pizza by bringing them to a friend’s pizza place, where they were able to make their own pizzas, and later introduced them to May and Ruth who showed them the world of deep dish pizza! Brian recalls learning how a perfect deep dish pizza at the age of 10 from the legendary Alice May Redmond! “She showed me how to make a deep dish pizza, step by step, explaining with passion why each step was important.” Brian caught her passion, a passion he shares with others through Georgio’s to this day.
“It starts with a well-seasoned deep dish pizza pan, hand-pressed with our special pizza dough made with water treated to match Chicago water, to the thick sliced mozzarella layered directly on top of the dough, to the sweet tomato sauce that tops off this deep dish creation! Georgio’s makes every pizza with the same authenticity and passion as May & Ruth did with every pie they made since 1943.”
Georgio’s has served over 1,000,000 pizzas and received numerous awards, continuing the tradition of deep dish pizza perfection started by two humble and selfless sisters in 1943.