New Yorkers are passionate about a lot of things. But few things stir up more passion and debate than Pizza – and especially which pizza is better – New York vs. Chicago.
This debate was renewed this week – when Mayor Bill de Blasio’s press secretary tweeted that a Chicago pizzeria was better than anything in New York. The pizzeria being referenced was Pequods Pizza, which is known for it’s deep dish pizza.
The fundamental difference between New York and Chicago pizza is – size. Chicago pizza is known for being deep dish. Deep dish pizza is prepared in a – well, deep dish. The depth of the pan – allows for piling on layer after layer of toppings, cheese, and sauce. Some New Yorkers don’t even consider this being pizza – and refer to it being more of a casserole. Other well known Chicago pizzerias include Gino’s East, Lou Malnatis, Giordanos, and The Art of Pizza.
Alternatively, New York pizza is a bit more traditional – and is made with a characteristically large hand-tossed thin crust, often sold in wide slices to go. The crust is thick and crisp only along its edge, yet soft, thin and pliable enough beneath its toppings to be folded in half to eat.
While the styles of pizza between the cities are vastly different – one commonality is that both, Chicagoans and New Yorkers – take their pizza seriously, very seriously.
Being a New Yorker – but having spent lots of time in Chicago – I feel i m well versed in both pizza styles. That being said, if I had to judge – I m partial to New York style pizza. It really doesn’t get better than grabbing a slice, and folding it half – before indulging. Personally, i m not a fan of the the layered deep dish Chicago pizza – it’s really bogged down with cheese and sauce – and it’s hard to discern the flavor of the pizza.
Some noteworthy NYC pizza spots:
John’s (West Village)
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