Detroit-Style Pizza

detroit-style pizza by Julie Teninbaum

Detroit-style pizza is a square pizza similar to Sicilian-style pizza that has a thick deep-dish crust, cooked toppings such as pepperoni and olives, andis 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.

Southeast Michigan 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 (Detroit) and Hungry Howie’s (Madison Heights). 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 origins of ‘Detroit-style’ pizza are from local Detroit pizzeria, Cloverleaf Pizza, which developed and began serving their signature pizza in 1946.

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