03/20/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Who Invented Deep-Dish Pizza? Historian Seeks The Answer

The idea seemed simple enough: Build a case to confer landmark status to the location where Chicago-style deep-dish pizza was invented.

But as historian Tim Samuelson began to look into origins of the distinctive dish, he found himself mired in conflicting stories, each as impenetrable as the pizza and peopled with characters every bit as robust. There is almost no documentation about who invented the dish, and without it, legend has taken over.

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