All across America, different types of pizza can be found. New York style pizza can be identified by its signature thin crust and ability to fold, whereas California pizza can be identified by its unique toppings such as arugula and goat cheese. Two very popular pizza styles in America that are often mistaken for one another are Detroit Style and Chicago Deep Dish. Keep reading to become familiar with these two delicious styles of pizza!
The most identifying feature of Detroit Style Pizza is its crust. Although many people classify Detroit-Style Pizza as “deep-dish,” it is actually classified as a pan pizza. A Detroit-Style pizza pan is essential to creating that beautiful crispy crust that makes Detroit Style pizza famous. Detroit Style pizzas are made in a rectangular, deep pan, and the cheese is applied all the way to the edge of the dough, touching the pan. Sometimes, Detroit style pizza makers will even add extra cheese to the edge of the pan to ensure a beautiful crispy crust. When baked in the oven, the cheese gets brown and crispy and tastes like no other pizza crust you’ve ever eaten. The rest of the dough is thick and fluffy, creating a perfect balance of melty cheese, chewy dough, and crispy cheesy crust. Some people refer to Detroit Style pizza as deep dish due to the fact that it is very thick and cooked in a deep pan, but it has some distinct differences from a real Chicago style deep dish.
Chicago Deep Dish
Chicago deep dish pizza is different from Detroit Style in not only its shape, but also its toppings. Chicago deep dish is usually round, and the star of the show is the toppings that are used. To make this pizza, dough is pressed into the bottom of the round, deep pan and up onto the sides of the pan. Then, toppings such as sausage, pepperoni, veggies, loads of cheese, and marinara and piled deep into the pan. The pizza is then baked for up to an hour to ensure it is cooked all the way through. Chicago deep dish pizza can be messy to eat, so some might recommend using a fork and knife.
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