So, what’s the deal with Detroit pizza?
To really answer this question- you’ve got to dig into Detroit history.
Detroit is the largest city in Michigan and is widely known as the Motor City for its connection to the auto industry, music and pizza. Born from these automotive roots, Detroit pizza is distinctive with its square/rectangular shape seemingly reminiscent to Sicilian style- but in fact the taste, process and flavor is much different!
In 1946, a Sicilian immigrant Gus Guerra made the first Detroit pizza-baking the pizza in blue steel forged pans sourced from local automotive factories. Plentiful at the time, these rectangular steel trays reminded Gus of home and little did he know would make the perfect non-stick heat conductor with its steel rectangular shape creating a tantalizing caramelized cheese crust.
Almost a century later this sensational crust, layered pie and secret recipe has become a foodie’s dream and a national favorite. But what exactly makes a pan pizza Detroit-style, and why is a hearty Detroit slice so highly sought after?