SCHERERVILLE — Boston-style pizza didn't last in the Tri-Town, and now a traditional Chicago deep dish eatery will try to make a go of it in the same location.
Giordano's Pizzeria, the iconic chain that specializes in Chicago-style stuffed deep dish pizza, plans to move into the old Boston's The Gourmet Pizza Restaurant and Sports Bar at 625 U.S. 30 in Schererville.
Boston's, originally opened by the owners of the now-defunct Alaska Pipeline bar down the street, had been located for nine years at one of the busiest intersections in Northwest Indiana: U.S. 30 and Indianapolis Boulevard.
Construction is now underway inside the former Boston's restaurant, and a public notice posted on the door says Giordano's is applying for an alcoholic beverage permit there.
Giordano's did not respond to messages.
The Chicago-based restaurant chain, which was founded by Italian immigrants 43 years ago, had previously had a location on U.S. 30 in Merrillville, where Panda Express is now (31 W 81st Ave.). It has more than 60 locations nationally, including five in the south suburbs and two in Indianapolis. Its closest location is in Matteson, Ill., about 10 miles from Dyer.
Giordano's offers stuffed deep dish, hand-stretched thin crust, pastas, salads, sandwiches, gluten-free options and appetizers like calamari, tomato bruschetta, garlic Parmesan fries and fried mozzarella triangles. It also carries traditional Italian desserts like tiramisu and cannoli.
The pizzeria claims to have invented the now legendary stuffed pizza, and is often held up with Uno's, Gino's East, and Lou Malnati's as one of the deep dish pizzerias Chicago is best known for. It's even been hailed as "Chicago's Best Pizza" by a number of media outlets, including the Chicago Tribune and Chicago Magazine.
Giordano's, which mails its acclaimed pizza on dry ice all over the country, has been expanding outside of its home base in the Chicago area in recent years, and is also planning a new restaurant in Columbus, Ohio.