Savoring America: A Slice of Pizza Culture

different types of pizza

Across the United States, pizza morphs into regional masterpieces, each with its own story, toppings, and crust. From the foldable New York slice to the hearty Chicago deep dish, grab some parmesan and red pepper flakes packets and join us on a flavorful journey through the land of pizza pies.

New York Style

New York-style pizza is characterized by its large, thin, and foldable slices. It typically has a hand-tossed, crispy yet chewy crust and is often topped with a simple tomato sauce and mozzarella cheese.

Chicago Deep Dish

Chicago-style deep dish pizza is known for its thick, buttery crust that forms a deep dish. It is topped with cheese, followed by various ingredients, and finally topped with chunky tomato sauce.

Neapolitan Pizza

Neapolitan pizza originated in Naples, Italy, but it has gained popularity in the US as well. It has a thin, soft, and chewy crust, typically made with only a few simple ingredients like San Marzano tomatoes, buffalo mozzarella cheese, fresh basil, and olive oil.

Sicilian Pizza

Sicilian pizza features a thick, rectangular crust that is often airy and fluffy. It is topped with tomato sauce, cheese, and various toppings, and it's usually cut into square or rectangular slices.

Detroit Style

Detroit-style pizza is characterized by its rectangular shape and thick, crispy crust that is light and airy on the inside. The crust is often baked in rectangular pans, and it is topped with tomato sauce and Wisconsin brick cheese, which caramelizes around the edges.

St. Louis Style

St. Louis-style pizza has a thin, cracker-like crust that is unleavened and crisp. It is cut into squares or rectangles, known as "party cut," and it's traditionally topped with Provel cheese, a processed blend of provolone, Swiss, and white cheddar.

California Style

California-style pizza is known for its creative and innovative toppings. It often features non-traditional ingredients such as avocado, goat cheese, arugula, sun-dried tomatoes, and other fresh, local produce.

New Haven Style

New Haven-style pizza originated in Connecticut and is characterized by its thin, coal-fired crust with a charred, crisp texture. It is traditionally topped with tomato sauce, oregano, garlic, and clams (known as "white clam pizza"), but other toppings are also popular. 

Greek Style

Greek-style pizza is a unique interpretation of the classic Italian dish. While it is not as widely available as traditional Italian pizza, it can be found in Greek or Mediterranean restaurants.

Quad City-Style 

Quad City-style pizza is a micro-regional delight found where Illinois and Iowa meet along the Mississippi River. It boasts a thick, chewy crust, slightly nutty flavor, and unique toppings.

Have a slice day!

In the heart of every pizza lies a tale—a narrative spun from flour, sauce, and cheese. As we traverse the pizza map of America, we encounter more than mere slices; we discover cultural legacies, culinary rivalries, and shared moments around communal tables. From the bustling streets of Little Italy to the quiet pizzerias of the Midwest, each regional style whispers its secrets. So, grab a slice, savor the flavors, and let the symphony of crust and toppings remind you that this (usually) circular canvas can be made into many different types of masterpieces.