It’s one of the food battles that will never have a clear-cut winner; what kind of pizza is the best? Traditionally large and foldable pizza may be the mainstay across the country, but deep dish pizza have their special place, hailing from Chicago. New York may be the home of the flat and foldable, but their northern brothers have their own unique version, and the two pizzas are locked in bitter conflict.
The conflict reached new heights this past week on The Daily Show, when John Stewart entered a tirade on the show against deep dish pizza. In it, he describes the pizza as (according to Serious Eats):
Let me explain something. Deep dish pizza is not only not better than New York pizza, it’s not pizza. It’s a f**ing casserole. I’m surprised you haven’t thought to complete your deep dish pizza by putting some canned onion rings on top of it.
It’s a cornbread biscuit which you’ve melted cheese on, and then, in defiance of god and man and all things holy, you’ve poured uncooked marina sauce on top.
This is tomato soup in a bread bowl. This is an above ground marinara swimming pool for rats.
I don’t know whether to eat it or throw a coin in it and make a wish. And if I made a wish, it would be that I wish for some real f**ing pizza.
I realize it is very cold in Chicago, very cold, it’s windy, you need to be able to, I don’t know, have a pizza and maybe cut it open and climb inside of it like a Tauntaun to keep warm.
While naturally, The Daily Show is a comedic show (that, ironically, tends to have some of the most scathing coverage of news events), it’s a fair argument against Chicago deep dish pizza. The criticism lead to Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel sending the staff a deep dish pizza with anchovies, which the show responded with showing a dog avoiding the deep dish.
This shows that deep dish pizza has some fierce defenders; have you considered adding it as an option to your menu? It doesn’t take too much reformulating to give it a shot; with the first change being either ordering a round or square deep dish pan, the rest comes to formulations of recipes.
Traditionally, deep dish pizza features cheese on the base layer of a thicker crust, followed by the meat and veggies, covered in the tomato sauce. With a thicker pizza, there needs to be a longer cooking time, or even a different cooking method altogether. With such a deeper pizza, though, you’re allowed a few differences in your ingredients. There can be seriously-chunky pizza sauce on the top, larger pieces of vegetables, and thicker, coarser chunks of meats.
Could it be a bit scandalous for your restaurant to attempt deep dish pizza? It may go against the grain, and Jon Stewart might take issue with it, but you never know; it could prove to have deep payouts.