According to Serious Seats, 21 regional varieties of pizza have been identified across the nation. So, what is Detroit’s claim to fame? The square, deep-dish pizza sold Italian-bakery style. In other words, you can order a square/slice over the bakery counter that is often served in tin foil.
Square, Deep-Dish Pizza
You may associate deep-dish pizza with Chicago, but Detroit’s style of deep-dish pizza is worlds apart from the Windy City’s. Chicago’s deep-dish pizza is more of a pie, while Detroit’s deep dish is square with a thick, doughy crust that is often twice baked and served golden brown around the edges. The sauce is also served on top of the cheese and other ingredients.
Origin and History
The Sicilian-style pizza was originally introduced as a new menu item in 1946 at Buddy’s Rendezvous on Conant, a tavern and one-time blind pig owned by “Gus” Guerra.