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Jun 8, 2013 06:58 AM

Deep Dish Pizza?

Hey gang,

Long time lurker, first time poster. I've pulled advice from you guys countless times in the past but can't seem to find an answer to this one by searching threads.

Is there any notable deep dish pizza in Montreal? Someone special to me has a craving and with her birthday coming up, so I thought I might deliver.

I've seen ads recently for the Little Caesars deep dish, but I'm so underwhelmed with that place that I have a hard time believing it will be any good.

Thanks in advance!

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  1. Unfortunately, the only deep dish pizza I've seen on Montreal was in the frozen food section at Loblaws. It's not bad though. It's Chicago style, not Detroit style like Little Caesar's.

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    1. re: SnackHappy

      Thanks. I've had the frozen one too, I was pretty impressed for frozen pizza. It's my fall back at this point. I didn't know about Detroit-style deep dish - will have to investigate.

      1. re: SnackHappy

        Is this common at Loblaws? I want to try it. Brand? Anyway I just googled Detroit style pizza. Who knew? (not me)

        1. re: montrealeater

          It's President's Choice brand. It used to be very easy to find, but I don't know how common it is now. I don't shop regularly at Loblaws anymore, since their isn't one in my neighbourhood. Don't expect too much. It's decent enough to satisfy a craving, but it's nothing earth shattering.

          1. re: SnackHappy

            I haven't seen it in my Provigo in months. Think they discontinued it, which is a shame because it was pretty awesome. Better than all the takeout in this city, that's for sure.

            1. re: Shattered

              I ended up buying the President's choice brand at Maxi, was pretty tasty but not earth shattering as SnackHappy mentioned.

              Sidenote: was intending to buy the Little Caesars one as well for variety, but it's not available in Canada yet.

              1. re: mtl_eat

                You might be the right person to test Domino's pan pizza for us all.

                1. re: Plateaumaman

                  I've had it a couple of times when it was on special for $9.99 for a two-topping medium (Domino's always has online coupons).

                  I'm not a fan of Domino's usually but it was very good, and I'd order it again when they have it on special the next time. It's not a deep-dish pizza by any stretch of the imagination; if anything they're trying to copy Pizza Hut. The crust is much richer (almost "buttery") and does taste fresher than their regular fare.

                  1. re: Plateaumaman

                    Usually I hate Dominos but their pan pizza is really amazing.

                    1. re: kpaxonite

                      That's good to know. I'm ordering pizza for a party with lots of kids this weekend and they usually want Domino's Brooklyn style pizza. Will mix it up for them and give it a try.

                      1. re: Plateaumaman

                        The $9.99 promotion for the medium two-topping pan pizza is currently active; I'm not sure if it will still be in effect on the weekend but is worth checking online before you order. It's quite a savings.

                        I think I also saw they have a special on the Brooklyn-style right now.

                        These specials might only be valid for online orders. That's the only way I order so I've never had to verify if that's true or not.

                        I find Domino's regular prices ridiculously expensive, but then again the price of pizza has skyrocketed everywhere, even at my local mom-and-pop places.

                        1. re: Cookiehead

                          I'm not generally a fan of Domino's, I find it really pricey for what amounts to a very average pizza. That said, I was intrigued and tried the pan when they first launched it. Found it tasty, much like Pizza Hut as Cookiehead described. A good substitute for PH for a better price *if the $9.99 special is on.

                          Definitely not a deep dish pizza though, just thick and greasy crust.

                          1. re: mtl_eat

                            Pizza's so horrid in this city I've given up and stick to Delissio and McCain.

                            1. re: Shattered

                              You could make your own (I do). Even without a proper pizza oven, it is still better than Delissio and McCain.

                            2. re: mtl_eat

                              Thanks, we did get the special price for the deep dish pizza and also ordered the Brooklyn pizza although it was $12.99 but such a favourite we had to get it anyway. The Domino's guy at the place near us has actually cautioned me against it in the past as being a bad deal as he merely rolls a small crust thinner to make it a medium size, but the boys around here like it that way. I liked the deep dish, good and chewy, greasy crust as you mentioned. Still prefer homemade and most of the adults at our party were having lobster we'd ordered direct from the Gaspé, but all those who are scared of crustaceans were happy with the pizza choices.

                              1. re: Plateaumaman

                                Personally, I think that would be simple to make at home. I made something similar years ago for a friend who wanted "the works" in an almost-pie form. It wouldn't pose the same problems a thinner, more classic pizza does for a home cook without a hot enough oven.

                                For hard-core carnivores, something like that would be good with dice of ham and other cured meats.

                                1. re: Plateaumaman

                                  I believe you are confusing deep dish and pan pizza again. They are two distinct styles, and AFAIK Dominos doesn't make deep dish pizza.

                                  1. re: SnackHappy

                                    Yes, you are right, I am. Sorry, meant Domino's pan pizza. I make baking sheet pizza, what can I say?

                                    A comparison of Little Caesar's deep dish and Domino's pan pizza, fyi:

            2. I think Amelio's could be a good alternaive choice based on the thickness of the crust and the depth of the toppings. Otherwise, here's a good home recipe for a making one in a cast iron skillet:

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              1. re: Plateaumaman

                amelios and deep dish are only similar in terms of weight ;)

                by the way, that link is for pan pizza, not deep dish

                1. re: catroast

                  Nevertheless, it looks good to me. Thanks for the link, Plateaumaman.
                  For deep dish, I, too, used to quite like the PC version but have not had it in years. I have resorted to making it at home using a recipe from America's Test Kitchen. I would post a link but ATK is stingy with their recipes. I usually google it & find some blogger who has made it & given the recipe.

                2. re: Plateaumaman

                  If I eat pizza, it's generally from Amelio's, so I suppose I'm about as close as I can get here in montreal. I am going to try and find the PC pizza mentioned above by Snackhappy, too.

                  1. re: montrealeater

                    just as an fyi, the bernard location is only alright
                    amelios in general is a bit of a rip off, but it is tasty when they get it right

                    1. re: catroast

                      I always get it from the other (Milton?) location just because it's closer to where I live. It can be hit and miss but an Amelio's miss is still, to my mind, a smaller risk than ordering from somewhere unknown. Tried that a couple of times. Did not work out. This city. It needs proper sushi and pizza.

                  2. re: Plateaumaman

                    Chowhound has a discussion on this: and there are many others on the web.

                    Sounds fairly easy to make, but it resembles more a savoury pie than what is usually thought of as a pizza.

                    It doesn't appeal to me at all, but if you like it and crave it, that is absolutely none of my business.

                    There are similar foods of Italian origin, but they usually have two crusts and are more similar to a huge calzone (calzonone?) You can find those at Motta near JTM, and probably in locations in St-Léonard, Montréal-Nord, St-Michel...


                    There are side references to making deep-dish and pan pizza at home. I don't get the impression that this dish would require the extremely high heat which makes the best thin pizza, and which is such a challenge for the home cook.

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                    1. 2 points to expand on what others have already mentioned:

                      For those interested in the President's Choice deep dish pizza, it's currently on sale for $6.99 instead of $8.99 and widely available in both the pepperoni and chicken versions at my Maxi (Verdun, Wellington). See:

                      Regarding Domino's Brooklyn style pie, not sure if I am reading this right, are people thinking it would fall into the "deep dish" category? Because it's actually the opposite, their thinnest crust, the slices meant to be eaten "folded together" - huge letdown for me. And I'm not super sensitive to saltiness compared to others, but that was quite the sodium overload for me.

                      Just my $0.02, carry on!

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                      1. re: lilmsmuffin

                        Eek, don't go buy the PC pizza. At least not there - my ex SO and I used to love the meat one and bought it all the time, I had not had it in 5+ years and this thread reminded me of it's existence and I'd been craving it since. The ones there now must be old - they are dry and they crack and fall apart. Nothing like what I remember from way back when. Good for the garbage. :(