Detroit-style Pizza is Everywhere

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When you think of pizza, New York or Chicago come to mind, but right now, Detroit-style pizza is all the rage. What makes Detroit’s iconic pizza stand out from nearby, Italian-influenced cities? The first noticeable difference is the shape, which is always referred to as “square pizza,” but it is actually rectangular, unlike an average pie. The pizza is thick, so it cannot be folded over like a New York slice, and it has an unmistakable dough. On top of the dough, traditional Detroit-style pizzerias will apply toppings and then brick cheese, which spreads from edge to edge, so there is no actual crust border. The unusual layering order continues with more toppings and then savory sauce on top to finish it off. If the middle is not chewy and the outer corners do not crunch from the caramelized cheese, it is not a Detroit-Style pizza.

The pizza is Sicilian-based, with a unique influence from the Motor City itself. The “square” shape is a result of the blue steel utility trays that were taken from factories to be used as pizza pans. The pans cooked the pizza perfectly, and there was no shortage of them in a city that once boomed with car manufacturers. Who came up with this idea? A name that continuously pops up with the topic of Detroit-style pizza is Gus Guerra of Buddy’s Pizzeria. Guerra was the originator of square pizza back in the 1940s.

Detroit’s pizza staple is still strong in its birth city, but this unique-style pizza seems to be having its moment far beyond Motown. Since it has blown up across the U.S. it has become easier to find one of these square slices in some of the big cities. So, where should you go? We got you.

Buddy's Pizza

It's the original. If you're visiting Motown, go here.

17125 Conant St, Detroit, MI 48212

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Emmy Squared

Not only is the pizza good, but this place also serves a great burger. Thankfully they are not limited to Nashville either. So, if you find yourself in NYC, you have a chance to indulge Emmy Squared.

404 12th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203

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Lions and Tigers and Squares

Created by the owner of Artichoke Basille’s, this new spot is gaining attention among the NY pizza scene. So, if you are craving something different than the classic NY slice, you might want to give this a shot.

268 West 23rd Street, New York, New York 10011

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Via 313 Pizza

These Detroit natives brought their childhood love to Austin. They've clearly done things right as they have gained national attention and expanded throughout Austin.

1802 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78702


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