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#1 Slater

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Posted 06 May 2005 - 1014 AM

For those of us who really haven't paid much attention, what exactly is the difference between these two styles?
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#2 Ivanhoe

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Posted 06 May 2005 - 1039 AM

For those of us who really haven't paid much attention, what exactly is the difference between these two styles?

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NY style tends to have a thin crust and a thin layer of toppings. Chi style tends to have a thick, soft crust and a very heavy layer of toppings. IMHO the best Chi style pizza can fill you up with one slice. Best pizza I've ever had was across the street from U of C. One slice for lunch and the waitress had to assist me out of my chair.
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Posted 06 May 2005 - 1608 PM

For those of us who really haven't paid much attention, what exactly is the difference between these two styles?

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Slater , here in Phoenix is a pizza rest. rated tops in the U.S. in Feb

Don't remember the name but it's downtown on East Adams. NY style, with bar attached .I understand the lines are long.

It was rated by a New Yorker as the best in the U.S. along with usual New Haven and Brooklyn places filling out the top 10. I gave my newspaper copy to a recent Brooklyn escapee.

Chicago style pizza also available with thick crust , deep dish and so on locally.
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#4 Corinthian

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Posted 06 May 2005 - 2009 PM

Chicago pizza IIRC is known as "pan pizza". It is baked in an inch-deep or so pan, and comes out with a thick crust.

NY pizza is "closer" to the "original" Italian pizza - thin crust. It's not as thin as the pizzas in Italy AFAIK (the latter can be really thin), but it is definitely thinner than Chicago-style pizza.

As for personal preferences, thin crust pizza all the way! Add lots of Tabasco... mmmmmmmmmmmm.......
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Posted 06 May 2005 - 2042 PM

As for personal preferences, thin crust pizza all the way!  Add lots of Tabasco... mmmmmmmmmmmm.......

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Actually quite popular in the S.W. is Mexican Pizza.
It really a flour totrilla with melted cheese baked like a pizza.
It tends to get lots of hot sauce .. Tobasco or other sausa .
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Posted 16 August 2005 - 2140 PM

Norwegian pizza

Lefse
White sauce
Torsk
More white sauce
Pickled herring
Sliced gherkin pickle

Serve w/ shot of acquavit and follow with a pinch of Coppenhagen snoose

Uff Da

:P :rolleyes: :)
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#7 Ivanhoe

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Posted 16 August 2005 - 2215 PM

We'd better carpet-bomb Norway to contain that menace...
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#8 Simon Tan

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Posted 17 August 2005 - 0121 AM

Chicago pie is hardly pizza IMO. It's more like a bread based flan or torte. The classic cheese and spinach is really rather lovely and it's one of the nice things I remeber about the windy city.

The Chicago pie has to have the thicker base or else it would rapidly become sodeen and compeltely unmanageable. Well...it's a fork food IMO anyway but then again I'm not trained in pie-fu.

Ivanhoe.....Norwegian food is pretty good. I like my lefse and lumpe. Oslo is a very nice town to dine in if you can handle the prices. Gaaa...I'm still dreaming of a return to the Stadtholder's Garden near the GPO. Bad....

Edited by Simon Tan, 17 August 2005 - 0124 AM.

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#9 Rubberneck

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Posted 17 September 2005 - 2254 PM

Thin pizza is my favorite, followed by brick oven/wood fired pizza, then the deep dish/Sicilian style pizza.

Following toppings are available:
Pepperoni
Ground Beef
Bacon
Ham
Onions
Extra Cheese

Best pizza I've had is on the boardwalk in Ocean City, NJ called Roma's. No idea if it is still there but I'm heading down there as soon as I get back from Afghanistan (or when the season opens for the summer shoo-bees).
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#10 Murph

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Posted 18 November 2007 - 0644 AM

Local place called Catalanos makes New York style Pizza, and its pretty darn good. Located on Main street in Cibolo, TX. Feller from New Yawk runs the joint.
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#11 Archie Pellagio

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Posted 08 December 2007 - 0346 AM

Anyone who's ever had the misfortune to eat (yet alone subside) off of "Iranian Pizza" knows what a god awful abomination it is.

no tomato, a flabby base, tasteless cheese, and porkless sausage (I don't even want to know whats in it because its not beef, lamb or chicken!)

And you slosh on ketchup...

It grows on you after a while... Much like a fungus...
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Posted 09 December 2007 - 1316 PM

Tesco sell pretty good pizza's for 4-50 (for 2 pizza's) and there better than some places i have had pizza(in the uk and us).
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Posted 26 January 2008 - 1030 AM

Made two thick crust pizzas for last week's NFL Conference playoff games

1. Added garlic, onion and basil to dough
2. Pizza # 1: one-half bacon-cheeseburger and one-half pepperoni
2. Pizza #2: one-half sausage mushroom and one-half Canadian bacon

Friend said it was so good he was happy I hadn't made more as he would have exploded cause it was so good.

Super Bowl coming up. Going for the Touchdown Pizza (sausage, pepperoni, mushrooms, black olives, green peppers) and the Extra-point special ( blackened steak and garlic w/ extra cheese)
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Posted 26 January 2008 - 1036 AM

Chicago pie is hardly pizza IMO. It's more like a bread based flan or torte. The classic cheese and spinach is really rather lovely and it's one of the nice things I remeber about the windy city.

The Chicago pie has to have the thicker base or else it would rapidly become sodeen and compeltely unmanageable. Well...it's a fork food IMO anyway but then again I'm not trained in pie-fu.


I've had both. But, I figure that if you have to eat a piece of pizza with a fork because it's 3" thick and real wet, then it's not really REAL pizza.
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Posted 26 January 2008 - 1047 AM

Any of you Nue Yawkers, Jerseyites , R.I. Reds , Chowder Heads or Nutmeggers heading this way for the Superbowl the most readily available NY style pizza pie is from Hungry Howies but it's only take out or delivery. Be sure to ask for thin crust as thick crust and deep pan is Chicagoland style.
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#16 Jim Martin

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Posted 29 January 2008 - 2242 PM

I've had both. But, I figure that if you have to eat a piece of pizza with a fork because it's 3" thick and real wet, then it's not really REAL pizza.


Well then I don't care if you call it pizza or whatever, I prefer it over tomato sauce spread on a Ritz cracker. ;)

Don't get me wrong, I like NY Style pizza, but a good, thick, airy Chicago Style pizza is absolute Nirvana. Call it "Tomato cake" if you like, I'm eating it.
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