Nov 22, 2015 (updated 2022) –
WELCOME TO THE CHICAGO ‘QUOD STYLE PIZZA PAGE!
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”. (More recently, it has also been called Caramelized Pan Pizza.)
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…
[ AKA Caramelized Pan Pizza ]
The Officially Unofficial Chicago Pizza Style #4
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 and sauce run down the gap between the pan and the outer edge of the pizza dough during baking.