After announcing its Atlanta intentions in May, Gino’s East finally opens in Poncey-Highland on Friday, December 7. Although, a representative for the Chicago-style, deep dish pizza chain says that date is “projected” and, therefore, subject to change. Gino’s East is located in the former Rize Artisan Pizza space across from Sweet Auburn BBQ and Soul Vegetarian No. 2 on North Highland Avenue.
In addition to Chicago-style pizzas, Gino’s Atlanta will serve sandwiches and salads as well as “new #DeepAF” pizzas with “more dough, extra cheese, and double the toppings.”
“We couldn’t be more excited to finally announce our ATL opening the first week of December. It’s like an early Christmas present for the Chicago transplants,” marketing director Maggie Keeler says in the press release. “Our Atlanta location will offer a true deep dish experience with a Southern twist! I hope the ATL is ready to get #DeepAF.”
Gino’s East has a long-standing tradition of allowing its customers to leave their mark on the walls of the restaurants, however, they won’t be extending that courtesy to Atlanta diners. It’s unclear why, but likely due to lease restrictions. The 80-seat restaurant does include murals by a few local Atlanta artists.
The debate over whether Chicago deep dish truly is pizza or just a savory casserole slathered in tangy tomato sauce and gooey cheese will continue to rage long after Gino’s arrival in Atlanta. But, despite its ambiguity, deep dish is still delicious.
The original Gino’s East opened in Chicago in 1966 offering the city’s signature deep dish pizza. Gino’s has locations throughout metro Chicago and in Wisconsin, Texas, Arizona, and Mexico City.
Dine-in hours are Sunday through Thursday from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. Gino’s plans to add delivery and carry-out toward the end of December.
675 North Highland Avenue, Atlanta. ginoseast.com/atlanta.