Open main menu

Detroit-style pizza

Detroit-style pizza is a style of pizza developed in Detroit, Michigan. It is a rectangular pizza that has a thick crisp crust and toppings such as pepperoni and mushrooms.

Detroit-style pizza
Small Detroit-style pizza from Green Lantern Pizza in Madison Heights, Michigan.
Place of originUnited States
Region or stateDetroit
Main ingredientsPizza dough, tomato sauce, brick cheese

The rectangular-shaped pizza is the result of being baked in a square pan, which is often not a pizza pan; industrial parts trays are often used, which were originally made to hold small parts in factories.[1][2]

The difference between Detroit-style pizza, Chicago and New York styles is the crust, which is extra thick and very crispy on the bottom. Some parlors will apply melted butter with a soft brush prior to baking. The resulting pizza has a chewy texture.


Four slices of Detroit-style pizza

The origins of "Detroit-style" pizza can be traced back historically to Buddy's Rendezvous in 1946, which later became Buddy's Pizza. Over the next several decades, the chain grew and developed, cooks moved on and, in some cases, they opened their own pizzerias. Cloverleaf, which was later founded by Gus Guerra as an Italian restaurant in Eastpointe, serves Detroit-style pan pizza, as does Luigi's "the Original", the Shield's Pizza chain and Loui's Pizza in Hazel Park. In 2009, both Buddy's Detroit-style square pizza and Luigi's "the Original" of Harrison Township were singled out as two of the 25 best pizzas in America by GQ magazine food critic Alan Richman.[3]

In April 2013, Detroit-based Little Caesars launched the first Detroit-style deep dish pizza that is available nationwide; it also offered a version edging its crust with bacon.[4]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Day, Jennifer (August 23, 2018). "Detroit-Style Pizza, a Motor City Classic, Revs Up Chicago Dining Scene". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved August 29, 2018.
  2. ^ Rector, Sylvia (January 23, 2011). "Shortage of steel pans has Detroit-style pizza makers scrambling". Detroit Free Press. Retrieved November 23, 2012.
  3. ^ 25 best pizzas around the country, May 22, 2009
  4. ^ "Sandwich Monday: Little Caesars' Bacon-Wrapped Crust Pizza". NPR. 23 February 2015. Retrieved 2 January 2016.

External linksEdit