The Quod – A Modern Take on Deep Dish Pizza


aka: The Quod – A Modern Take on Deep Dish Pizza

** 2020 UPDATE – This article has a lot of updates, including updated baking instructions and links to the older recipes if you liked one of those better **

There is a style of Chicago Pan Pizza that is distinct from the Original Deep Dish that you know from places like Lou Malnati’s, Pizano’s, Louisa’s, Gino’s East, and Pizzeria Uno.

The style I’m talking about is the pan pizza you find at Pequod’s in Chicago and Morton Grove, IL, and until recently*, Burt’s Place in Morton Grove.
*UPDATE – Burt’s was closed in 2015, but has been reopened under new management in 2017.*

I call this style “Modern Deep Dish” to distinguish it from “Original Deep Dish”.
Before you ask… Yes, a pizza style invented over 4 decades ago (1971) is considered relatively “modern” since Original Chicago Deep Dish was invented more than 70 years ago in 1943.
For brevity (and because it is fun to say), we can just call it…

The ‘Quod.

(Officially Unofficial Chicago Pizza Style #4)

** RECIPE LINK – The Quod (PDF)

The Quod: 2015 (PDF)
The Quod: 2012 (PDF)


This style of pizza is like a hybrid between Chicago Deep Dish, Detroit Style & NY Sicilian pan pizzas. Like a deep dish, the pizza has cheese on the bottom, sauce on the top, and is baked in a round pan. Like the Detroit style (and also Sicilian squares – like L&B Spumoni Gardens), it has a thicker, more pillowy dough, and a caramelized crust, which is created when the cheese runs down the gap between the pan and the outer edge of the pizza dough during baking.

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In case you missed it: The Chicago Blackhawks Deep Dish Pizza!

If you haven’t seen it on the Real Deep Dish Facebook Page, Here’s the Chicago Blackhawks Deep Dish Pizza I made just for fun! And then a few weeks later, they won the STANLEY CUP! You’re welcome. What did I use? : black olives, mini sweet peppers for the feathers and lines, along with peccorino and dried parsley for the white and green, shredded sharp cheddar for the face. Under the sauce? Hot Italian Sausage and Pepperoni with Whole Milk Mozzarella. and the leftovers reheated quite nicely! When you buy great items like this Deep Dish Pan, you are supporting this website. Thank You! American Metalcraft Hard Coat 12 Inch Deep Dish Pizza Pan $24.50  

DD101 Extra: Pizza Math and Ingredient Swapping

DD101 Extra: Pizza Math and Ingredient Swapping – Volume to Weight Conversions and Substitutions Hi, Deep Dishers. If you’re one of the amazing people who downloaded the Deep Dish Pizza Recipe and then looked at those pesky cup-to-gram conversions and wondered… “how the heck did he convert those?”, well you’re in luck, because I’m going to give you a few links with some conversion shortcuts. While I do that, I should tell you something that some of you already know: The Volume-to-Weight ratio of an ingredient can vary, depending on the ingredient. For example: 1 Cup of All Purpose flour (US, not Metric – yeah, they’re different, don’t ask me why) weighs about 125 grams. 1 Cup of Water (US) weighs about 237 grams. 1… Read More »DD101 Extra: Pizza Math and Ingredient Swapping