Detroit Pizza

Just heard Peter Reinhart talking about this on Good Food. Does anyone know of a place serving this in Los Angeles?

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I listened to this podcast recently as well.
Apollonia’s Pizza

Take out a loan first

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Been to Apollonia’s. Just once, though. They do Detroit-style pizza??

Is this Sicilian or Detroit style? These two variations seem very similar. I haven’t been to Emmy in Brooklyn but looked at pictures

Detroit-style should have a boatload of cheese that melts and oozes down into the black pan so you end up with the crust deep-frying in butterfat until it’s crisp.

Apollonia’s reportedly lighter.

Purgatory’s looks legit.

https://lacanvas.com/the-search-for-the-best-detroit-style-pizza-in-los-angeles/

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https://www.steelpanpizzaco.com/

Looks legit.

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oh damn look at those crispy edges

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Until you you hear “Their meat is farm-raised and many ingredients are organic” :laughing:

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Complete disclosure - Peter is a personal friend. He emailed me this back in 2017, https://la.eater.com/maps/best-thick-crust-deep-dish-sicilian-pizza-los-angeles, saying that #9 and #10 were the Detroit style. #10, Padrino’s, is closed and is now a fair to middling hot chicken place. I tried Padrino’s once and it was just okay. Have not tried Yolk and Flour. Sicilian is pretty different from Detroit as @robert says. Detroit style has a pretty fascinating back story; here is Kenji’s explanation, https://www.seriouseats.com/2017/02/how-to-make-detroit-style-pizza.html.
Peter recently published his book on pan pizza, https://www.amazon.com/Perfect-Pan-Pizza-Sicilian-Focaccia-ebook/dp/B07GMXFC8F/ref=sr_1_1?crid=2P9U720Q3E2TE&keywords=peter+reinhart+perfect+pan+pizza&qid=1571189167&sprefix=peter+reinhart%2Caps%2C212&sr=8-1, which is really good (admittedly he is my friend, but this is true). I have made Detroit pizza several times; it is not health food but it is really great. Oddly enough I was raised in Michigan and I had never heard of it until 2017. If you do decide to make it I have not been able to locate brick cheese here in LA. The best substitute I have found is the butterkaese at Murray’s in Ralphs.
Here is a pic of my first effort; the second was better but I didn’t take a picture.

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About a year ago my wife and I were in Fallbrook down in San Diego County. Found a bunch of Wisconsin brick cheese at a Grocery Outlet Bargain Market. I stockpiled a bunch and made Detroit pizza at home. Not sure if they still sell it, but might be worth calling around to one of the stores in the area. I haven’t seen it anywhere else.

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Same. Detroit style pizza as I understand is an eastern Michigan thing didn’t really exist in western Michigan where I’m from.

In the interview, Peter mentioned Munster as a good substitute for brick.

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Muenster and cheddar if I recall correctly…?

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I mail-ordered Wisconsin Brick cheese from Widmer’s. Mmm, cold weather’s here. I should order some more.

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I am confused by a few things:

First, how do we have @secretaznman and @secretasianman on the same board???

Second, there is a NJ-style pizza??? Which is similar to Sicilian and Detroit?

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@secretaznman, shall we invite @Secret_Asian_Man to the conversation?

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There is a New Jersey style, known as a “tomato pie”, but it is a thin crust. It is distinguished by the cheese going under the sauce according to Tony Gemignani - although the pictures in the attached link show the cheese on top. It is not a pan pizza like the Sicilian and the Detroit.
https://roadfood.com/restaurants/de-lorenzos-tomato-pies/

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He does in his book as well, or a combination of mozzarella and cheddar, or fontina and provolone. I really like the butterkaese though as it has a high butterfat content and is very smooth with a hint of funk.

Chicago pan pizza (Pequod’s, Connie’s) is the only style of pizza I’ve heard of that’s similar to the butterfat-fried-crust aspect of Detroit pizza.

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