Pizza is probably the world’s truly global or universal food. Different cultures have their take on this Italian classic, and the United States is no different. If you are a pizza lover, you should know what differentiates New York-style pizza and Chicago style pizza. Detroit style pizza in Chicago is famous because of its abundance of pepperoni and cheese, and it is common seeing people comparing Detroit style pizza vs. Chicago. Let’s find out why.
Detroit versus Chicago
The Detroit-style pizza was proudly developed in the state of Michigan, in the city of Detroit. Unlike the classic pizza that emphasizes a rounder form factor, Detroit-style pizza is thick and rectangular and is loaded with goodness from top to bottom. The big difference that you will notice between Detroit pizza and Chicago pizza is the crust itself. The Detroit-style pizza crust is thick and crispy, just like the residents love it.
The Detroit-style pizza was first developed in 1949 by Buddy’s Rendezvous, which was later renamed Buddy’s Pizza. Deep-dish pizzas increased soon after when the cooks from the original restaurant moved on, with some of them establishing their pizzerias to serve the city. Some of the more unusual names in the pizza market of the city are Luigis’s “the original” and Shield’s Pizza. Luigi’s “the original” has received accolades over the years for the quality of their deep-dish pizza, including being included in GQ’s 25 best pizzas in America list.
People who have tasted Chicago-style pizza may think that Detroit-style pizza is similar, or maybe just a rehash of Chicago-style pizza. However, there are several critical differences in how these pizzas are prepared. For one, Chicago-style pizza is a deep-dish pizza that is pressed into round pans (instead of rectangular). The edges of the crust mushroom naturally at the boundaries of the circular pans.
The size of the pan assures a thick and satisfying pizza with a sufficient amount of sauce and cheese. Detroit-style pizza, on the other hand, requires the use of a rectangular dish. A layer of pepperoni is applied directly to the dough, followed by two types of cheese (brick cheese and mozzarella cheese). The cheese is spread from end to end before other toppings and sauces are applied to the pizza. Due to the amount of cheese this pizza has, there is some obvious caramelization present at the edges of the pan.
Chicago-style pizza’s thick crust is hearty, while Detroit-style pizza has airy dough inside that stands in sharp contrast with a crispy exterior. This should be apparent when you take your first big bite of Detroit-style pizza. It is filling and satisfying, but without the bulky feel in the gut in the first few slices.
Other Types of Pizza
Let’s not forget that not too far off is a contender for pizza supremacy that levels well with Chicago-style pizza and Detroit-style pizza: New York-style pizza. It is believed that the unique taste of New York-style pizza comes from the minerals present in the city, which is why some pizzerias have water shipped from the city to create the most authentic replication of the pizza style.
Unlike other types of pizza that satisfies people with their crunch and heartiness, New York-style pizza goes the opposite direction. The dough is thin and hand-tossed, and the resulting pizza can be folded like a wallet. Take note, though, that foldable pizza is considered one of the traditional signs of quality pizza in Italy. So we can say that New York-style pizza is closer to the Italian origins of this dish.
Another pizza that has caught the fancy of many consumers in the US and across the globe is the Neapolitan pizza. Neapolitan pizza has three variations: Pizza Marinara, Pizza Margherita, and Pizza Margherita extra. Pizza Marinara is made with fresh tomatoes, oregano, garlic, and EVOO.
Margherita, on the other hand, is assembled with fresh tomatoes, freshly-made mozzarella cheese, basil leaves, and EVOO. The extraversion contains Campania mozzarella cheese and EVOO. The regional variations in cheese flavor and quality are undeniable, so pizza connoisseurs are often picky with the pizza that they buy because they want to experience the “real deal.”
Sicilian pizza or the “sfincione” features an almost pillowy, rectangular dough with a deep and flavorful tomato sauce. In this rendition of the Italian classic, it is the tomato sauce that garners all the attention because of its depth and richness. All the cheese is layered below the sauce, so the bread does not become too soggy from absorbing the liquid components of the sauce. Pizza sauce, as you may know, has semi-solid particles that are easily left as a crust on top of the pie when the bread absorbs the water.
The greek-style pizza was first invented by Greek immigrants in the United States. This type of pizza is more prevalent in New England territories in the US. Greek-style pizza is different from all the other styles we reviewed because it is made by baking and almost frying the pizza dough.
The deep pans used for these circular pizzas are oiled extensively before pressing in the dough. The resulting pie is a little chewy, but the experience is pleasing because of the fine assortment of toppings and the tempering of the dough with the layers of flavors and Greek pizza sauce.
California pizza is a pleasant oddball because of the slight diversion in ingredients. Instead of the more common ingredients, California pizza thrived with items like pate and mustard. This may be due to the mishmash of cultures in the state of California, which is one of the most culturally diverse places in the United States.