First up is the deep-dish pizza, which originated in Chicago. This pizza is known for its thick, buttery crust and is typically loaded with cheese, tomato sauce, and toppings like sausage and peppers. It’s a hearty and filling pizza that’s perfect for a cold winter’s day.
Moving on to the New York-style pizza, which is known for its large, foldable slices. This pizza has a thin and crispy crust, with a slight chewiness to it. The toppings are usually a combination of tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese, and whatever toppings you like. My favourite is Buffalo Chicken pizza! One of the best to do it is Joe’s. Here’s a picture of me and the boyz!
Next up – the Detroit-style pizza, which originated in Detroit. This pizza has a thick and crispy crust, which is cooked in a rectangular pan. The toppings are typically layered in the following order: cheese, toppings, then sauce on top.
Rome Style Pizza
Bring it back to Italy with the Roman style pizza. This isn’t what you’d think of when you consider Italian food – it looks like Detroit and can be served by the slice like NYC. But it’s very much Italian. It’s a Roman street food staple, has a thicker base and is cut into squares.
Finally, we have the Neapolitan pizza, which originated in Naples, Italy. This is the granddaddy of all the pizzas. This pizza is known for its thin and crispy crust, which is cooked in a wood-fired oven at 400-450 degrees celsius – hotter than any of the above. The toppings are simple and typically include tomato sauce, fresh mozzarella cheese, and basil. Below is a photo of me proudly sporting the t-shirt of my favourite Neapolitan pizza place – Scugnizzo (which translates to English as “Street Urchin”).
Each regional pizza style has its unique characteristics, flavors, and toppings, making them all worth trying. So go ahead and explore regional pizza styles and discover your new favorite pizza! But my suggestion is to hit up Scugnizzo.