Chicago vs. New York: whose pizza is the best?

November 3, 2015

New Yorkers and Chicagoans will say their city makes the best pizza. Let these tips help you decide which city's pizza truly hits the spot.

Chicago vs. New York: whose pizza is the best?

Don't judge a book by its cover

The first thing you'll notice about these pizzas is that they look completely different. Chicago prides itself on its one-of-a-kind deep dish pizza that is baked in a pan and looks more like a casserole than a pizza. New Yorkers, on the other hand, love their pizza with a signature thin crust, and New Yorkers will often fold the paper thin slice in half before enjoying it.

How do they make it?

Another major difference between the two pizza styles is the order in which the ingredients are applied. For a New York style pizza, the sauce goes on first, then a layer of cheese covers the sauce, and then it goes into the oven. This style of pizza calls for the toppings to be added after the pizza has been baked. In Chicago, the cheese goes on the bottom, then the toppings, and then the pizza is topped off with sauce and baked to perfection.

Since the ingredients are exactly the same in both types of pizza, it all comes down to a matter of personal preference. New York pizza tends to be much oilier than Chicago deep dish pizza, so consistency of ingredients is often the deciding factor for many pizza preference-torn customers. Chicago deep dish pizza may fill you up much more than a New York pizza, because of its thick size, and a New York pizza may require a few more napkins.

Who does it better?

Based on their appearance and preparation, it is easy to tell that these two styles of pizza sit on complete opposite ends of the pizza spectrum. But don't let your eyes make the decision. Order a slice of both at a local pizza shop in order to decide which suits your taste buds. You could even bring home a box for the whole family, and have everyone put in their vote.


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