pizza is a style of pizza, developed in Detroit. It is a square
pizza similar to Sicilian-style pizza that has a thick deep-dish
crust, cooked toppings such as pepperoni and olives, and is
served with the marinara pizza sauce on the top of the pizza.
It is known within Detroit as Square pizza.
The crust of a
Detroit-style pizza is noteworthy because in addition to
occasionally being twice-baked, it is usually baked to a chewy
medium-well-done state, and many parlors will apply melted butter
with a soft brush prior to baking. Some chains, such as Hungry
Howie’s (founded in Taylor, Michigan), are also known for their
flavored crusts. Popular crust flavors include sesame, butter,
garlic and onion.
The Detroit and south east
Michigan area is also known as the headquarters of some of the
largest pizza chains in the United States including Domino's
Pizza(Ann Arbor), Little Caesars and Hungry Howie's. Although none
of those chains specializes in Detroit-style pizza, Little Caesars
does sell a square deep dish pizza and offers sauce with it that can
be applied on top of the pizza by the customer for the traditional
Detroit-style. The Detroit area contains many notable pizzerias.
The origins of "Detroit-style" pizza are from
local Detroit pizzeria, Cloverleaf Pizza, which developed and began
serving their signature pizza in 1946. Cloverleaf founder Gus
Guerra went on to found Buddy's Pizza, which is one of the Detroit
chains that serves Detroit-style pizza.
In 2009, Buddy's
Detroit-style square pizza was singled out as one of the 25 best
pizzas in America by GQ magazine food critic, Alan Richman. Other
chains that serve Detroit-style pizza include Loui's Pizza, Benito's
Pizza, Jet's Pizza, Cottage Inn and Shield's Pizza. Niki's in
Detroit and the Gathering Place, and Marinelli's, both in Troy,
Michigan, also serve Detroit-style pizza. The pizza at these
restaurants is square or rectangular, with a thick crust, having
edges made crispy by caramelized cheese.