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Uno Celebrates 60 Years of Chicago’s Original Deep Dish Pizza and National Pizza Month!

In 1943, Chicago resident Ike Sewell invented Chicago’s Original Deep Dish Pizza™ and opened the doors of a restaurant called Pizzeria Uno (on the corner of Ohio and Wabash Streets) in downtown Chicago. This year marks the 60th anniversary of the beloved pizza and the founding of Pizzeria Uno.

In honor of the occasion, Uno invites you to join us for a number of local activities to celebrate our milestone and say “thanks, Chicago!” for 60 wonderful years.

  • All dressed up. The restaurant that started it all is getting dressed up for the big occasion. Beginning October 1, stop by the original Pizzeria Uno on Ike Sewell Way (29 E. Ohio Street at Wabash) day or night to catch a glimpse of our birthday building décor. (Décor visible through October 31.)

  • It’s Uno Day! Have a slice of deep dish on us. Mayor Daley has declared October 4, 2003 as “Uno Day” in recognition of the contributions Pizzeria Uno and Chicago-style deep dish pizza have made to the city. To show our appreciation, Pizzeria Uno will be giving away 2003 FREE slices of Uno’s famous Chicago-style deep dish pizza. Stop by the original location on Saturday, October 4, from 12-3pm for yours!

  • Reserve a seat for an oven-side chat. Hear the legendary Chicago-style deep dish story and more about the Uno heritage firsthand through a personal one-on-one press meeting with Aaron Spencer, Chairman of Uno Restaurant Corporation, and the man responsible for spreading Ike Sewell’s incredible pizza worldwide. Sixty years after the first Uno, Aaron’s still creating Chicago-style deep dish pizza and creating new grill menu items at Uno’s 191 worldwide restaurants.

  • All the Ingredients for Learning: Uno and the Chicago Public Schools. In October, Uno will announce a new partnership with the Chicago Public Schools to pledge support to Chicago’s future. To kick off the long-term partnership with our newly adopted school, Uno will host the students for a series of educational pizza maker parties at Pizzeria Uno and Pizzeria Due. Uno President Paul MacPhail will serve as “Principal for a Day” through CPS’s annual program and one lucky student will win the chance to become “Uno Manager for a Day".

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