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Apparently Deep-Dish Pizza Is Only One Of 10 Different Pizza Styles In Chicago

Just from reputation alone, I’ve always believed that New York City offered the best pizza in the United States. Biting into those phenomenal pies, I’ve often wondered if there was anywhere else in the US that could square up against those massive New York slices.

One man decided to put in the delicious work and settle the debate on which city really does offer the best pizza.

Steve Dolinsky is a 13-time James Beard Award winning TV and radio personality based in Chicago. Dolinsky hosts a segment for ABC 7 called “The Hungry Hound” where he seeks out and reviews the best restaurants in the city.

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Dolinsky is also the author of the upcoming book Pizza City, U.S.A: 101 Reasons Why Chicago is America’s Greatest Pizza Town. In it, he sets out to prove that Chicago is irrefutably the best place to get pizza in the country.

During his experience, he explains that there are actually ten different types of pizzas the city is known for. Over the course of six months, Dolinsky went to 185 different pizzerias in Chicago and 56 in New York to be able to properly judge between the two cities.

He came to the conclusion that Chicago’s pizza was the superior of the two metropolises for two reasons: variety and depth.

“Not everyone likes stuffed, but some do. Not everyone likes deep, but many do. We also have tavern style and more Detroit places per capita than New York City. Quite simply, diversity wins.”

Dolinsky’s process was methodic. He wanted a baseline as to what to expect from the pizzas, so he would go in asking the style they were known for and then just order two common toppings: pepperoni and sausage.

“That was always the order when I was doing the initial assessing,” he explained. “I wanted to compare apples to apples. I didn’t think it was fair that some guy could have, even if it was a longer fermented dough, broccoli rabe and porchetta versus something that’s just pepperoni.”

In doing so, Dolinsky was able to experience the many different styles of pizza Chicago had to offer. So what else was there other than what we know as Deep Dish?

Check out the ten different styles of Chicago pizzas below.


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  • Much longer dough fermentation time, a minimum of two days.
  • A relatively more moist dough that allows for a better chew.
  • Gourmet toppings.
  • Typically everything is made in-house, which includes sauces, dough, meatballs.


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  • A pan pizza.
  • Uses brick cheese instead of mozzarella.
  • Cheese pushes to the edge of the pan and caramelizes.
  • Two racing stripes of tomato sauce only.


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  • Also known as Chicago style thin.
  • Always square cut.
  • Cheese and sauce are pushed to the edge.
  • Thin and crispy, in some cases it’s almost saltine cracker thin.


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  • Wedge cut.
  • Crust is thicker than Tavern style, but not crispy.
  • Similar to New York style in terms of chewiness.
  • Not a pronounced heel (rise in the crust), an even height.


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  • Lots of cheese and tomato sauce.
  • Three ingredients.
  • The dough resembles leopard spotting.
  • Wood burning oven with 850-900 degrees F.

New York

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  • Giant wedge.
  • Foldable with three fingers.
  • A little crispy underneath.
  • In Chicago, if you ask for sausage, it comes crumbled rather than in slices like New York.
  • There’s a lot more fennel and oregano in the sausages offered in Chicago.


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  • Has a thin, extra top layer of dough.
  • A lake of tomato sauce on top of that.
  • Great for cheese pulls.


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  • Two-inch height.
  • There’s a layer of mozzarella cheese on the bottom to protect the slice from getting soggy.
  • Chunky, strained tomatoes in the sauce.
  • Baked for 45 minutes.


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  • Essentially “Pizza Tapas”.
  • Cooked in long rectangular pans.
  • Two day fermentation of the dough.
  • Baked in a special handmade oven at 580 degrees.
  • Topped with fresh, seasonal ingredients — up to 60 flavors.


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  • Made in a shallow pan
  • Crunchy base.
  • The cheese and toppings cook for hours first before adding the sauce.
  • Served in squares.

Pizza City, U.S.A: 101 Reasons Why Chicago is America’s Greatest Pizza Town releases this upcoming September.

Celebrity Grub

Eminem Opens A Pop-Up Where You Can Actually Eat ‘Mom’s Spaghetti’

Eminem’s “8 Mile” might not have been a brilliant piece of cinema, but it did give us a classic meme in “Mom’s Spaghetti.” Fully embracing the culture that lovingly poked fun at him and his mom’s spaghetti, Eminem has opened a Mom’s Spaghetti pop-up at Detroit music venue The Shelter .

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The shop is in honor of “8 Mile’s” 15-year anniversary, and will recreate a version of spaghetti that Eminem’s character, B-Rabbit, rapped about in the movie. The spaghetti will be made by Union Joints chef Vince Baker, and will feature a house-made sauce, which he said tastes like it’s from a jar.  You can even add beef meatball’s if you want to add some extra oomph to it.

If you’re not familiar with the hype around Mom’s Spaghetti, it is a reference to Eminem’s “Lose Yourself” track off the “8 Mile” soundtrack, as he famously said, “His palms are sweaty, knees weak, arms are have. There’s vomit on his sweater already, mom’s spaghetti.”  Of course, years later, after the popular song was stuck in our heads for years, memes took their course and brought mom’s spaghetti back to relevance.

Aside from a classic spaghetti dish, the pop-up will also feature a “S’ghetti Sandwich,” which is actually something ate growing up. The sandwich consists of house-made white bread, and grilled.

The pop-up is only up December 15 and 16, so if you want a chance to actually immerse your self in Eminem’s mom’s spaghetti, book a flight to Detroit.

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Detroit Will Be The Location Of The World’s First Applebee’s/IHOP Combo Restaurant

An Applebee's sign appears opposite an IHOP sign on Route 46 in Totowa, New Jersey, Monday, July 16, 2007. Ihop Corp., the largest U.S. pancake-house chain, agreed to buy Applebee's International Inc. for $1.9 billion and sell securities backed by franchisee fees to finance the purchase. Photographer: Emile Wamsteker/Bloomberg News.

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Brace yourselves, Detroit. The worlds of two of the most iconic restaurant chains in the United States are about to collide for the first time.

The Detroit Free Press reported that the world’s first IHOP/Applebee’s combination restaurant will be opening in downtown Detroit next year, bringing all-day breakfast and casual bar/grill food into the same building.

The restaurant is going to be absolutely massive, taking up 12,000 square feet of space and able to seat up to 300 people at a time. That size and combination gives the new combo restaurant the vision of traditional, massive American diners.

While the restaurant’s menu is still in development, we do know that it will be targeted to serve local hotel guests, downtown visitors, workers, and residents of this populated area of Detroit. And according to executive chairman Mark Schostak, the restaurant will feature a coffee bar and interior designing that represents the Motor City.

We’re hoping that the menu takes advantage of the best of both worlds and opens up something special: A combo 24-hour diner with all-day breakfast, happy hour food deals, and tasty round-the-clock food that could give the best of similar diners a run for its money.

IHOP brings the 24-hour breakfast to the table, while Applebee’s provides the bar food, drinks, and tasty lunch/dinner creations to give this combination restaurant a true diner feel. A combo restaurant like that from two chains would be a dream come true.

Fast Food Hit-Or-Miss News

Detroit Woman Wins Free Pizza For A Year, Donates To The Homeless


Michigan resident Hannah Spooner spontaneously entered a raffle at Little Caesars and was pleasantly surprised when she got the winning call for a $500 value of pizza for a year.

To quickly break it down for you, that’s like getting 100 boxes of pizza equaling roughly about 800 slices throughout 365 days. Needless to say, it’s a pretty generous amount of pizza for anyone.

Whether you enjoy Little Caesar’s super cheap $5 “HOT-N-READY” pizzas or not, free pizza for a year is FREE PIZZA FOR A YEAR, and it’d be crazy not to get excited about that.

Instead of wildin’ out on garlic crust and crazy bread for a whole year, Hannah Spooner and her boyfriend decided to donate their winnings to a local Detroit homeless shelter for the youth named Covenant House Michigan. With the homeless epidemic running across cities in America and the world, Spooner’s humanitarian efforts is one to be admired.

“They were really happy. I could tell it was actually going to make a difference, like I would actually see people who would be benefited by it,” Spooner told Inside Edition.

Spooner may not have the prominence of the Pope and his nobility for feeding pizza to the homeless, but her charitable act is surely something that exemplifies how selfless Americans can be. Hopefully those pizzas are going to be doused with that crazy sauce seeping all into the cheesy crevices because the homeless deserve top-notch Little Caesars, too.


New Belgium Teams Up With Detroit Bikes To Make Fat Tire Bicycles

Too often am I drinking a Fat Tire beer and I begin imagining myself riding the iconic red bicycle emblazoned on the label. Granted, these musings normally end with me eating shit (even in my imagination I’m falling off of my bike and chewing gravel), but they’re still delightful thoughts nonetheless. No longer will those thoughts be necessary.

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New Belgium (the company that produces the Fat Tire beer) recently commissioned a manufacturing company in Detroit named Detroit Bikes to create 2,500 Fat Tire bicycles for them. According to a video released for Detroit Bikes and New Belgium, 16 million bicycles are sold in America every year, but only 50,000 of them are actually made here.

The bicycle, despite not being an identical replication, was heavily inspired by the red one on the Fat Tire label. Detroit Bikes sold roughly 1,000 bicycles last year, so this one order has already more than doubled their sales number. They even had to expand their workforce from 20 to 40 employees just to get this order done.

Encompassed by a rich history of industrialization and manufacturing, Detroit seemed like the best place for New Belgium to complete their bike-building order. With the slow decline of the automobile industry (particularly in Detroit), pocketfuls of people are losing their jobs left and right. This one contract was enough to draw in many assembly line workers from the auto industry with a wide enough skill set to make the switch from cars to bikes.

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The bad news: the 2,500 Fat Tire bikes will only be available through New Belgium fundraising events, some sort of contest, raffle or giveaway, and as a gift to employees approaching their 1 year employment anniversary at New Belgium.

New Belgium brought their famous bicycle to life. The ball is in your court now, Coors. Are you going to make a fancy, constantly frigid bullet train or what? We’re waiting…



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Korean Girls Try American Pizza For The First Time [WATCH]

If you’ve never tried American pizza before, you’re missing out. No, we’re not talking about the fast-food ones you can order with through a mobile app or through a Tweet.

Rather, the iconic ones from the mom-and-pop spots in cities like New York, Chicago and Detroit.

In Korea, most pizza offerings feature ingredients that lean more towards the sweet side. So it’s safe to assume that a decent amount of people in the country have yet to try an authentic American Pizza.

The folks over at Digitalsoju TV did an experiment, getting Korean girls to try American pizza for the first time from the three American cities best known for making them. They grabbed pies from Gino’s NY Pizza (New York), Pizza Iconic (Detroit) and Uno Chicago Grill (Chicago).

Check out these ladies’ reactions to the delicious American pies.


‘Lameass Of The Year’ Award Goes To This Cruel McDonald’s Employee

Well fuck me seven ways ’til Sunday and call me Leslie, humankind has done it again! We’ve managed to lower ourselves into brand new depths of depravity and degeneracy, but that is to be expected when the story comes from Detroit, a city continuously ranked as one of the worst in America, if not the worst.

One particularly fuckish McDonald’s employee at a Detroit location (shocker) thought it would be funny to prank a poor homeless man named Willy by offering him a sandwich then splashing cold water all over him. It seems as though he did this to impress his two shitnipple friends in the drive thru, who were laughing their asses off while this garbage can of a human being oppressed the oppressed.

In the video, you hear the employee goading Willy into walking over to the window to receive some “help” from him. Willy wisely says “fuck you” to the employee, giving us the impression that this is not the first time this shitbag has harassed this impoverished man.

Eventually, Willy’s curiosity overcame him. As he began to walk towards the employee, whose outstretched hand was holding a sandwich, the McFuckhead jerks the sandwich back and throws a cup of cold water into Willy’s face and all over his clothes. Of course, Supernova Shitcluster and the two slicktits in the car think it’s hilarious, while the majority of mankind generally prefers to be humane. Clearly this dickhole whisperer missed the memo.

However, there is a silver lining to this story, albeit a small one: if you look closely on the windshield, you’ll see that it seems to be raining outside, so at least we can all take solace in the fact that this Moron Burgundy was so stupid that he splashed someone that was already wet. So dumb that he can’t even get being an asshole right. Doesn’t get any more Detroity than that!

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7-Eleven Michigan Launches Exclusive Ginger Ale Slurpee, Makes Other 49 States Super Jealous


Why is it called ginger ale if it isn’t, by Wikipedia definition, an ale? Same reason root beer is called beer: that fuddy-duddy process by which its made, fermentation. Now, whether or not you’ve got an upset stomach or simply appreciate ginger ale for the slightly spicy, golden elixir that it is, 7-Elevens in Michigan have just created a reason to wish Canada Dry was in fact alcoholic, if only so we could use it to drown our sorrows.

Now available exclusively in Michigan, is the brand new 7-Eleven Vernors Ginger Ale Slurpee. According to a press release, Vernors is the 150 year old, Detroit-based ginger ale company that exacts 80% of its sales in Michigan alone. The new flavor is the first regional-only Slurpee flavor of its kind for the brand.

And to think, all anyone else of us got was stinkin’ chili mango.