When it comes to pizza there are a few types people think of that are popular in the U.S. However, most of the different types fall under two main categories, either New York or Chicago Style. The remainder are mainly different due to the toppings they use, and could be considered just a "special combination" such as a deluxe or supreme. So, regardless of the toppings, what kind of pizza do you eat, Chicago or New York? Here is how to tell the difference.
A New York pizza has a thin and crispy crust with a thin layer of sauce. In contrast, a Chicago pizza has a thick and chewy crust that is smothered in sauce. Of course, many New York pizzerias do offer a thicker crust, but it is not as thick as the deep dish crust of Chicago. In addition, you can order a thin crust in Chicago but it will be even thinner than a New York crust. In most big pizza chains, and many local restaurants not in New York or Chicago, you will get a crust somewhere in the middle of the two.
Chicago pizzas have layers of different types of cheeses on them whereas New York pizza have a single layer of mozzarella cheese. If you like to order extra cheese on your pizza it is more likely been made with in the New York style and does not have enough cheese normally. Many pizza restaurants go with this style for the cheese due to the cost. When it comes to the toppings, cheese is the most expensive.
When it comes to the toppings, Chicago takes the cake (or the pie, if you will) over New York. Chicago layers toppings on their pizza that can be inches thick. New York pizzas however have flat toppings that sit right on the cheese in a single layer. The main reason for this is because New York pizzas are made to be folded over and eaten like a sandwich while on the go.
As you can see, unless you are in either New York or Chicago, you are probably eating a pizza that lies somewhere between these two famous types. If you prefer a thin, foldable pizza you should say you prefer New York style. If, on the other hand, you like a thick, casserole-like slice, you would prefer a Chicago pizza over one from New York. Of course, when it comes to pizza most people will eat either type and add the toppings they want. Visit a local pizzeria near you, like Scittino's Italian Market Place, to test your newfound pizza knowledge.