Here is a Deep Dish Anatomy Chart in the style of a vintage hanging school chart.
As you can see, Deep Dish Pizza is not built the same way as other pizzas.
Yes, that is Latin on the bottom of the chart. Loosely (poorly?) translated, Catinu Altum Verum means “Real Deep Dish” (duh!); Solanum Lycopersicum is the latin name for the garden variety tomato. Caseum is latin for cheese. It’s an approximation of my deep dish motto: “Sauce on the Top, Cheese on the Bottom”.
The easiest way to tell if a deep dish pizza is authentic is to see if the sauce is on top.
If you see a layer of cheese on top, you are not eating Chicago Style Deep Dish.
Why is the sauce on top?
Protection: The sauce is on top to prevent the cheese and other ingredients from burning during a 30-40 minute baking process.
This chart is also available as a poster in two different sizes and on limited apparel items at: