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Detroit Pizza

Detroit PizzaDetroit-style 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.[5] 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.[6] 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.

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