In July, Schererville became home to Northwest Indiana's first Giordano's.
The restaurant, which specializes in stuffed deep dish pizza, also features a full menu of appetizers, salads, sandwiches, Italian entrees and more.
Joe Chojnowski, owner of Schererville's Giordano's, said the local restaurant offers the same quality of food offerings found at all other Giordano locations.
"Everything gets delivered daily from the Giordano's commissary," said Chojnowski, who also owns Giordano's restaurants in Chicago's Beverly neighborhood and the South Loop.
The Schererville restaurant also features a large bar area with attractive decor throughout the eatery.
"We have 16 tap handles with domestic, imports and craft beers," Chojnowski said, adding a full line of liquor also is sold.
A neon Giordano's sign is featured at the restaurant and the year 1974 is emblazoned on a wall near the bar — 1974 is the year the restaurant was established in Chicago. The kitchen also features a large window so diners may watch as cooks hand toss the pizza and prepare other items.
The restaurant seats 270 with room for nearly 300 people when the eatery's patio opens in late spring/early summer.
Chojnowski said he's happy that Region pizza fans have had an enthusiastic response to the opening of Giordano's in Northwest Indiana.
The most popular item on the menu is definitely the stuffed deep dish pizza with other entrees, such as lasagna and spaghetti, ranking as favorites.
"Seventy-five percent of our sales is the deep dish pizza," he said.
Around Valentine's Day, Giordano's offers a special rendition of its pizza. Heart-shaped pizzas will be available Feb. 9 through 18 at the eatery. Cost for the heart-shaped creation starts at $19.25 for a cheese pizza.
"They're a big hit," Chojnowski said, about the heart-shaped pizzas.
Schererville's Giordano's will also be starting a full-delivery service soon. Currently, delivery is available from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for lunch. Chojnowski said delivery is available to locations within a four-mile radius of the restaurant. Online ordering is also available.
Chojnowski described how Giordano's deep dish pizza is made daily on the premises.
"We start out with a layer of dough followed by meat (whatever meat customers choose) then it's covered with mounds of cheese, then another layer of dough and then sauce," he said.
"It's a pie-style pizza and every one is made to order," the owner said, adding it can take from 45 minutes to an hour to cook.
Among pizzas starring on the menu at Giordano's are different variations of the Stuffed Deep Dish Pizza; Hand-Stretched Thin Crust Pizza; Crispy Extra Thin Crust Pizza; and Thin Crust Gluten Free.
Other items on the menu include Tomato Bruschetta ($7.95); Fried Mozzarella Triangles ($7.95); Chopped Salad ($5.95/$11.50/21.95); Chicken Parmesan Sandwich ($8.95); Spaghetti with meat sauce ($8.95/$16.95); Lasagna ($10.95/$20.95); and more. Diners may also order from the Create Your Own Lunch portion of the menu from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. Guests may pick a main course and one side for $8.45.
Reservations are not accepted on weekends at Giordanos, and during the week reservations are only accepted for parties of 10 or more.