you haven’t been to Uno’s Chicago Bar & Grill recently, then you don’t know
what you are missing. The Chicago-based eatery seems to have gotten better
One late Sunday afternoon, we went to the location outside the Hanover Mall,
anticipating a slow evening. When we arrived, the restaurant was a little
slow but by the time we left, it was bustling.
The appetizer selections are “sized for sharing” and there’s no doubt about
that. The pizza skins ($6.99) are not your average potato skins. The
layers of potato, cheddar and bacon sit atop a deep dish pizza crust (not a
very Atkins-friendly choice but well worth cheating on your diet). The
jumbo buffalo wings ($9.99), served in 15, 10 ($6.99) or 20 ($12.99) wing
size portions, were hot and crispy and served with a cool bleu cheese
dressing on the side. The shrimp and crab fondue ($7.99) should not be
missed – a generous hot dip of cheesy Parmesan, shrimp and crabmeat with
accompanying mini slices of toast.
If we had saved room, we would have sampled the New England clam chowder
($3.99), which must be good as it was last year’s winner at Boston’s
Chowderfest Contest. And who can resist a good bowl of chili? We could
after three appetizers but will try it during our next visit. Named after
the city where the Uno concept originated, the Windy City Chili sounded like
the perfect comfort food on a cold day, served with onions, jalapenos,
cheddar cheese and tortilla chips ($4.59).
A visit to Uno’s without trying one of their pizzas is like a trip to London
without visiting Buckingham Palace. The spinoccoli deep dish for two
($14.79) arrived with a hearty topping of fresh spinach and broccoli, chunky
tomatoes, a blend of cheeses and a hint of garlic. The chicken and wild
mushroom pizza sounded intriguing. The restaurant has also recently
introduced a thin crust selection for those who do not prefer their
traditional thick crust. There isn’t a spinoccoli sampling offered on the
thin crust menu but you can find a spinach, mushroom and gorgonzola. If you
can pronounce it correctly, the artipeggio is a unique treat topped with
marinated artichoke hearts with grilled eggplant, sweet red peppers and a
blend of cheeses.
The pasta dishes are reasonably priced – around $9, and offer traditional
favorites like chicken parmesan and shrimp scampi but for the spice lover,
try the rattlesnake pasta ($9.99), served with chicken and penne in a creamy
Cheddar jalapeno sauce with a dash of Tabasco sauce. The steak fajitas were
tasty but not as spicy as we would have liked. In addition to these items,
you can find a variety of sandwiches and burgers. Uno’s also offers
traditional favorites like baby back ribs ($13.99), sirloin tips ($9.79) and
chicken stir fry ($8.99). They even have a generous offering of seafood,
including barbecue grilled shrimp ($11.99) and teriyaki salmon ($11.49).
Be sure to save room for dessert here. The chocolate peanut butter cup is
simply a must have ($3.99). Enveloped in a hard chocolate covering is a
rich warm chocolate and peanut butter topped with vanilla ice cream, served
on a chocolate cookie crust and finished with chocolate and peanut butter
Uno’s Chicago Bar & Grill
Hanover, MA 02339
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Kellie K. Speed is
a freelance travel writer and restaurant reviewer. Her features have been
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Industrial Distribution and Graphic Arts Monthly magazines and Reno Air
Kellie has reviewed numerous first-class hotels and
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