A build your own pizza features pepperoni, red onion, and spinach at Gino's East Chicago Pizzeria in Arlington, TX on May 4, 2015. 

A build your own pizza features pepperoni, red onion, and spinach at Gino's East Chicago Pizzeria in Arlington, TX on May 4, 2015. 

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Ainsley Thiem and her brother Hagan participate in a Gino's tradition of writing on the walls at Gino's East in Arlington.

Ainsley Thiem and her brother Hagan participate in a Gino's tradition of writing on the walls at Gino's East in Arlington.

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I took a believe-it-when-I-see-it approach to Gino's East's expansion into Dallas-Fort Worth. After all, the legendary deep-dish pizza place has been in Chicago and Chicago only for 49 years.

An Austin restaurateur bought the rights to franchise Gino's to Texas recently, and it made a seemingly quick leap to the Lone Star State. North Texas' first Gino's opened Monday, May 4, just after lunch. It's the fourth Gino's in Texas so far.

Many more Gino's are planned for D-FW and beyond. That should make Chicago folks mighty happy.

Photo gallery: Look inside Gino's, located in Arlington near Interstate 30:

350 E. Copeland Road, Arlington (on the frontage road of Interstate 30, near N. Collins St.). ginoseast.com. Abbreviated hours on opening days: 2-10 p.m. May 4 and 5. Regular hours begin May 6: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. every Friday and Saturday; 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday.

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