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All 15 Different Pizza Styles, Explained

Eat This, Not That! Logo By Karla Walsh of Eat This, Not That! | Slide 1 of 16: Sure, you’ve heard of street slices and stuffed crust, but how about Sicilian or strips? Or St. Louis topped with Provel? And no, we’re not referring to provolone! There are many styles of pizza to enjoy, but what makes each of these pizza types different from each other?Pizza is certainly a beloved food in America. According to a United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) report, about one in every eight Americans will eat a slice of pizza on any given day. So why not mix things up with pies inspired by styles across this great globe of ours? We spoke to a man who wrote the literal book on pizza, Steve Dolinsky, food reporter for ABC 7 in Chicago, and the author of Pizza City USA: 101 Reasons Why Chicago is America’s Greatest Pizza Town, to break down regional pizza varieties that showcase the diversity of this beloved creation.No matter the style of pizza, it’s important to note what any good pie must have. Dolinsky calls this the “optimal bite ratio.”“It is so important, especially with pizza. You want a nice mix of crust, sauce, and cheese in each bite,” he says.But while every pizza must have that optimal bite ratio, that doesn’t mean every style of pizza must be similar.Here’s how all the beloved styles of pizza differ from each other—from deep dish and jumbo slice, to Detroit squares and beyond. Once you’ve decided what type of pizza to try, here’s The Best Pizza Place in Every State.

All 15 Different Pizza Styles, Explained

Sure, you’ve heard of street slices and stuffed crust, but how about Sicilian or strips? Or St. Louis topped with Provel? And no, we’re not referring to provolone! There are many styles of pizza to enjoy, but what makes each of these pizza types different from each other?

Pizza is certainly a beloved food in America. According to a United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) report, about one in every eight Americans will eat a slice of pizza on any given day. So why not mix things up with pies inspired by styles across this great globe of ours? We spoke to a man who wrote the literal book on pizza, Steve Dolinsky, food reporter for ABC 7 in Chicago, and the author of Pizza City USA: 101 Reasons Why Chicago is America’s Greatest Pizza Town, to break down regional pizza varieties that showcase the diversity of this beloved creation.

No matter the style of pizza, it’s important to note what any good pie must have. Dolinsky calls this the “optimal bite ratio.”

“It is so important, especially with pizza. You want a nice mix of crust, sauce, and cheese in each bite,” he says.

But while every pizza must have that optimal bite ratio, that doesn’t mean every style of pizza must be similar.

Here’s how all the beloved styles of pizza differ from each other—from deep dish and jumbo slice, to Detroit squares and beyond. Once you’ve decided what type of pizza to try, here’s The Best Pizza Place in Every State.

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