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Gino’s East Is Now Serving Up True Chicago Deep Dish Pizza in Sherman Oaks

A Midwest classic opens in the San Fernando Valley

Deep dish pizza with a slice being pulled out.
Gino’s East
Gino’s East
Farley Elliott is the Senior Editor at Eater LA and the author of Los Angeles Street Food: A History From Tamaleros to Taco Trucks. He covers restaurants in every form, from breaking news to the culture, people, and history that surrounds LA's dining landscape.

The pizza gods are shining on the San Fernando Valley this week, as deep dish specialist Gino’s East has opened its doors along Riverside. The Sherman Oaks (by way of Chicago) operation has been quietly serving for a couple of days now.

Gino’s East is a well-recognized name in the Chicago style pizza universe, having opened a slew of Midwest locations over the years. The company even ships its pizzas nationwide care of Goldbelly, though this is the brand’s first Los Angeles area location. To that end, franchisees Tod Himmel and Dan Michaels have pulled out all the signature tricks, showing off lots of Chicago memorabilia inside alone with TVs for sports-watching, a bar area, and big, comfy booths for the family. Take a look below for a peek at the inside.

The menu, too, pulls in the best parts of Chicago, including not just deep dish pizza but also sausages and Italian beef sandwiches. The restaurant is keeping dinner hours only for now, from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m., but expect those hours to grow in the coming weeks.

Gino’s East. 12924 Riverside Dr., Sherman Oaks, CA.

A sports bar vibe with movie posters on the wall.
Red and black banquette seating at a pizza restaurant.
A corner bar with a neon sign advertising pizza.
The evening glow from the front of a pizza restaurant.
Nostalgia pizzas in a case inside a restaurant.
The exterior of a red pizza building with tables.