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If we can all agree on one thing is that everyone loves pizza, and everyone enjoys a delicious deep dish pizza. But did you know that there are other ways and styles that you can make it to your liking. If you’re intrigued, here are 4 things you didn’t know about deep dish pizza.

#1 The Neapolitan Style

The Neapolitan is a pizza dish that has become popular in the mainstream pizza world. Originating from Naples, Italy, the pizza first got its name from pizza maker, Raffaele Esposito during the 1800s. In 1889, King Umberto I and Queen Margherita visited his pizza shop “Pietro e basta cosi” in Naples and  Esposito baked a pizza in their honor, naming it “Queen Margherita”. The pie was cooked in a piping hot stone oven to achieve a crisp, chewy crust. The toppings, while barely cooked, were tomatoes, basil and fresh mozzarella, whose colors mirrored the Italian flag.

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#2 New Haven Style

This one is the cousin to the Neapolitan pizza, except with thicker crust and more toppings. The pizza first started in New Haven, Connecticut at the Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana, otherwise known as Pepe’s, the oldest pizzeria in the United States.

#3 Chicago Style

It has been under debate by a few on whether or not Chicago style pizza is considered “real pizza”.  You can almost consider this pizza to be another cousin to the Neapolitan, only that it’s a lot more heartier and flavorful. The idea came from two immigrants from Italy and Germany who wanted to create a deep dish pizza inspired by the Neapolitan. What makes this a little different is that the cheese goes on first and then it’s piled with tomato sauce on top.

#4 Stuffed Deep Dish Pizza

To satisfy our cheese obsession everyones loves a good stuffed pizza. Similar in style to the deep dish pizza except it’s packed with cheese in between thin layers of pizza crust and then topped with the usually pizza ingredients. This way, as you take a slice of your own cheese pizza, you get to savor the cheesy goodness within.

Written By: Dominique Williams


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