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Regional Pizza Primer: A Guide To 10 Classic Styles

Posted: 07/03/2012 5:34 pm

We've all heard of Chicago-style, New York-style and perhaps even New Haven-style pizza, but Colorado has its own regional pizza as well? Who knew! From California to New Jersey, regional pizza variations can range from thin crust, thick crust, all tomato, no tomato, and use so many types of toppings we could never list them all. Click through the slideshow below to get up to speed on 10 regional pizza styles.

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Chicago: Lou Malnati's
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Chicago: Lou Malnati's

Chicago is a town of two pizza minds, deep-dish, and a super thin crust. At Lou Malnati's, they do both, but the deep-dish is where it's at. This family owned and operated restaurant has been around for 40 years and has grown from the original shop in Lincolnwood, to over 30 pizzerias around town. The feature of the deep-dish pizza is of course, its crust, which has a buttery flavor and satisfying crispness to the dough. The toppings can be anything really, from your basic pepperoni, sausage, olives and green peppers to just plain tomato sauce and cheese. One difference between a deep-dish and a regular pizza is that with the former, the mozzarella often gets put on the bottom, then it has a layer of tomato sauce and finally more cheese. Plus, you eat it with a knife and fork.

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