All Pizza is the Best Pizza, But Today We Honor Detroit Style

Posted on June 23, 2023

by Franco V

As a native Detroiter and Toledo transplant, I breathed a sigh of relief when I moved to the Glass City and discovered that my favorite pizza was still available to me.

Detroit-style pizza is getting its moment in the limelight, and deservedly so. This style of pizza has gained popularity and is considered delicious for several reasons:

Unique crust: One of the standout features of Detroit-style pizza is its thick, rectangular crust. The dough is usually light and airy on the inside, while the outer edges are crispy and caramelized. The crust is made using high-quality flour, which gives it a distinct texture and flavor. The combination of a crispy exterior and a soft, fluffy interior creates a delightful contrast that many people enjoy.

Cheese placement: In Detroit-style pizza, the cheese is typically spread all the way to the edges of the pan, allowing it to touch the sides. During baking, the cheese melts and caramelizes, creating a crispy, cheesy perimeter that adds an extra layer of flavor and texture to each slice. This unique cheese placement is often credited for the distinctive taste and appeal of Detroit-style pizza.

Innovation and nostalgia: Detroit-style pizza originated in the Motor City in the mid-20th century. It was initially baked in blue steel automotive parts pans, which resulted in a unique crust texture and shape. The pizza’s distinctive style, born out of innovation and ingenuity, holds nostalgic value for many people. This combination of familiarity, history, and novelty adds to the appeal and enjoyment.

So next time you’re thinking of pizza, maybe go for the style enjoyed by our neighbors and friends to the north. And if you’re looking to make your own Detroit-style pizza, or simply want to learn more about the amazing food that is pizza, the Library has you covered:

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