The debate over which pizza style reigns supreme – Chicago or New York – has waged for years, with each city passionately supporting their signature slice. The classic thick crust of a Chicago pie and the traditional thin crust on a New York pizza have divided lovers of gourmet pizza for decades, but their regional characteristics go beyond mere crust thickness. Here’s a closer look at some of the elements that make each style unique:
- Crust Depth: Chicago style crust is not just thicker, but also deeper. Since the dough is pressed into a pie dish before being filled, the average Chicago slice ranges from one to three inches. New York style dough is pulled and baked very thin and flat.
- Toppings: Chicago pies are layered heavily, and in the opposite direction of a New Yorker: cheese on the bottom, then toppings, then sauce. NY slices allow for a thin scattering of ingredients that rest on top of the sauce and cheese.
- Handling: Whether enjoyed on the street or as gourmet pizza delivery, New York style pizza is convenient: the large, triangular slices can be folded over and eaten with your hands just about anywhere. Chicago style pizza is more like a casserole and requires a plate, fork, and knife.
- Oiliness: Chicago pies are often drier than their New York counterparts, which are known for their oil-dripping greasiness.
Because they are so distinct and unique, lovers of gourmet pizza delivery say it is impossible to even compare Chicago and New York pies: their distinct constructions and endless variations make it so they rarely even taste similar. Personal preference also comes into play: some people just don’t like eating their pie with a fork and knife. But the argument continues and the ‘winner’ tends to unsurprisingly go to the city in which a person lives. On a national scale, thin crust is definitely more popular- including some of the best pizza in Phoenix- but it’s possible that’s just because it’s more familiar.
At Sardella’s Pizza and Wings, we have crust options for every possible preference: choose from our original hand-tossed, thin crust New York style, Sicilian thick crust, even wheat crust. And if you’re looking for gluten-free options, we have some of the best pizza in Phoenix for people on gluten free diets. Whether you’re looking for pizza specials in Peoria or the fastest pizza delivery in Phoenix, Sardella’s has it- whatever your style. To experience our true gourmet pizza delivery order online today.