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Midwest Pizza vs. NYC Pizza

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pastoralia Dec 11, 2006 08:34 PM

OK...let's open this can o' crazy.

I was recently back in Milwaukee and had the pleasure of eating some of the pizza I grew up with and didn't fully appreciate until now.

A "midwest" pizza has these characteristics: round pie, thin cracker-like crust that's still chewy, a sweet sauce and (not always fresh) mozarella cheese. The big difference (which my fiancee who has never had "midwest" pizza before noticed) is that the sauce and cheese go right up to the edge so there's no doughy crust logs sitting on the plate when you're done with the sweet, chewy middle (I'm looking at you Totonno's Coney Island). Also, and this is a big also, a "midwest" pizza is cut into squares not triangles. Here's a photo from Zaffiro's pizza in Milwaukee for visual reference:

http://flickr.com/photos/mkphillips/3...

Now, after reading the Time Out NY article on pizza I've read this is called a "grandma" pizza.

Before I ask where I can find something like this in NYC let me say I'm not a giant NY pizza hating snob. I love Di Fara's, Franny's, Grimaldi's, Patsy's, Lombardi's, and Totonno's...I just really was taken aback by how freakin' delcious the pies I had in Milwaukee were (I also went to Chicago and had deep dish at Lou Malnati's--it was good but not amazing). My fellow midwesterners all agree with me on this and it's not 'cause we miss home and our mommies.

So, anyone know what I'm talking about? Where to find some here? Anyone know the history of why the NYC and Midwest pizzas are so different?

Thanks--and don't be hatin' unless you've tried both kinds.