This city is ready to take the mantle as America’s favorite pizza style – and its not New York or Chicago

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Written By Maya Cantina
  • National Pizza Day is  February 9 and Motown is looking to become America’s favorite pie
  • Detroit style pizza is a rectangular pan pizza characterized by a thick, often crisp and chewy crust 

National Pizza Day is on February 9 and one midwestern city is prepared to take the helm as America’s favorite slice.

Pizza restaurant sales reached an all-time high of $46.9 billion in 2022, according to Statista. In the first quarter of 2023, a survey found pizza was the most ordered type of fast food in the United States and the most ordered type among all age groups.

While many of the leading chains such as Domino’s, Pizza Hut and Little Caesars sell round pies ranging from New York style to Chicago deep dish, one Michigan city style pizza is gaining popularity.

Detroit style pizza is a rectangular pan pizza characterized by a thick, often crisp and chewy crust.

The pie is said to be invented over 75 years ago at Buddy’s Pizza in the Motor City, by Gus Guerra and a group of friends.

Detroit style pizza is a rectangular pan pizza characterized by a thick, often crisp and chewy crust

In 1946, Buddy’s baked the pies in forged steel pans borrowed from local automotive plants.

‘Influenced by square Sicilian style pizza, Detroit Style Pizza consistently impresses pizza lovers due to its unique layering structure and stunning presentation,’ said the restaurant’s website.

‘The style flips traditional pizza on its head by beginning with double-proofed dough perfectly fit to a square pan – a process that allows the dough to rise and be stretched twice – followed by the backwards layering of toppings.’

The toppings are placed directly on the dough, then topped with a blend of Wisconsin brick cheese created specifically for Buddy’s. 

According to the Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin, ‘When young, brick cheese is deliciously mild with just a tiny bit of nuttiness. Give it some time to age though, and it ambles into more complex, pungent, even tangy territory.’

Finally, three stripes of sauce are swiped across the pizza before it is put in the oven to bake.

Chicago style pizzas can be prepared in several ways including the common deep dish (pictured) or stuffed pie, as well as a thin-crust version

Chicago style pizzas can be prepared in several ways including the common deep dish (pictured) or stuffed pie, as well as a thin-crust version

New York style pies are large hand-tossed thin crust pizzas that are pliable enough to fold

New York style pies are large hand-tossed thin crust pizzas that are pliable enough to fold

‘[It’s] probably the crispy, crunchy edges and bottom with the pillowy soft inner dough. It’s such a great vehicle to bring the pizza to the people,’ Jeremy Damaske, owner of Pie Sci Pizza in Detroit, which sells 700 to 1,000 Detroit style pies weekly, told the website Wealth of Geeks.

‘We get a lot of out-of-town folks who come in specifically to have the Detroit style pizza. I would say the vast majority of reactions are very positive,’ said Damaske.

Motown style pizzas can be found all across the country and has earned its rank as a top pizza destination.

The average American consumes a staggering 288 slices every year, according to a report released by Pizza Hut.

Overall, people indulge in pizza three times a month in the US, with North Dakota leading the way at 3.5 times per month.

The report was commissioned by Pizza Hut between December 22, 2023 and January 5, 2024, surveying 5,000 American adults. 

St. Louis pizza is made with a thin crust and cut into squares instead of wedges

St. Louis pizza is made with a thin crust and cut into squares instead of wedges

California pizzas are a take on New York style that uses toppings from Golden State cuisine

California pizzas are a take on New York style that uses toppings from Golden State cuisine

Other beloved slices include New York style, Chicago deep dish, California pizza and a St. Louis pie.

New York style pies are large hand-tossed thin crust pizzas that are pliable enough to fold.

Chicago style pizzas can be prepared in several ways including the common deep dish or stuffed pie, as well as a thin-crust version.

California pizzas are a take on New York style that uses toppings from Golden State cuisine.

 St. Louis pizza is made with a thin crust and cut into squares instead of wedges.

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