Last week I had the opportunity to go to Chicago for work. What do you do in Chicago other than shop on the Magnificent Mile? You eat deep dish pizza!
I went to Pizzeria Uno which opened in 1943. This was a first for me. I love NY style thin crust but I had to try it.
So what exactly is Chicago-style deep dish pizza? Chicago-style deep-dish pizza is up to three inches high at the edge, slightly higher than the ingredients, which include large amounts of cheese and chunky tomato sauce. It resembles more of a pie than a traditional pizza. I heard some people describe it as a pizza casserole. 🙂
The thick layer of toppings used in deep-dish pizza requires a longer baking time – usually 45 minutes total. Because of this, the toppings are assembled ‘upside-down’ from their usual order on a pizza. The crust is covered with cheese (generally sliced mozzarella), followed by various meat options such as pepperoni or sausage, the latter of which is sometimes in a solid patty-like layer. Other toppings such as onions, mushrooms and bell peppers are then also used. An uncooked sauce is added as the finishing layer.
The Verdict: Don’t get me wrong the taste was delish! But this pizza is too much of a pie for me. If I had to choose, I would pick NY style pizza every time.