Types of Pizza You Have Got to Try - National Pizza Day

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Today is the day to show pizzas all over the world our appreciation for their delicious flavors, wonderful aromas, and the undeniable satisfaction they provide us with. Not that we neglect to do it on a regular basis, but at least today we have a good excuse to consume them without feeling guilty about it. So if you, like us, want to participate in the celebration, here are pizza types you just got to try.

Grandma Slice

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Thin square crust pizza, with a layer of fresh cheese on the bottom and tomato sauce on top. You can add basil and grated cheese on top to enrich the flavor.

New York Style

The thick and crispy crust along the edges in contrast with the soft thin dough below the toppings, make it one of the most beloved pizza styles. It also allows you to fold in half and eat on the go, which is very New York Style. Traditionally, the toppings are tomato sauce and mozzarella cheese. You can add oregano and chili flakes to elevate the experience.

Detroit Style

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For thick crust pizza lovers, this is the pizza for you. Rectangularly-shaped, this thick-crisp crust pizza usually has pepperoni and mushrooms as its toppings. The extra thick crust is occasionally twice-baked, which give the edges and the bottom a fried crunchy texture.

Greek Pizza

Baked in a pan as opposed to a pizza oven, it is known for its chewy, focaccia-like crust. The pan is shallow and heavily oiled, as opposed to the deep dish pizza styles. The tomato sauce is typically thick with a strong oregano taste. The tomato sauce to cheese ratio favors the sauce, making the pizza very rich. The cheese is usually composed of a blend of mozzarella and cheddar.

Chicago Style

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The deep dish pizza is a must if you visit Chicago or any place that offers it. The circular deep pan used to bake it gives the pizza high edges, which provides lots of space for cheese and tomato sauce. You can also add many toppings as you don't have to worry about anything falling down.

Calzone

The Italian oven-baked folded pizza from Naples is a must. Typicaly made from salted bread dough, stuffed with salami, mozzarella, ricotta and parmesan. You can find different stuffings in different areas in Italy, but the delicious gist stays the same.

Meatball Pizza

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Became popular in Upstate New York, this pizza covered with meatballs take pizza toppings to another level. With the gained popularity, more restaurants have started to include them as part of the menu. You can also find them in deep-dish style, which make them especially filling.

St. Louis Style

Popular in the Midwest of America, this pizza is distinctive due to its especially thin cracker-like crust, which is made without yeast. It also commonly features Provel processed cheese and cut into squares as opposed to wedges. The sauce typically has more oregano than other pizza types.

Neapolitan

This pizza is distinguished by the specific local ingredients that are used to make it. The tomatoes are either San Mazano or Roma tomatoes from the volcanic plains to the south of Mounts Vesuvius. The cheese is Mozzarella di Bufala Campagana, made with the milk from water buffalo raised in the area of Campania and Lazio. The pizza is such a traditionally unique product that it is included on UNESCO's list of intangible cultural heritage.

Pictou County

Coming to us all the way from Nova Scotia, Canada, this pizza is unique for its "brown sauce" and Halifax-made pepperoni called "Brothers". The pizza is being shipped dfrozen across Canada.

Pizza Quattro Stagioni

For those of us who would like to share the pizza but can never decide on the toppings, this is the perfect solution. This pizza is prepared with four sections of diverse ingredietns. Originally each section represents a different season, but you can basically have it represent whatever you want as long as it tastes good.

Stuffed Crust

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If you are still not satisfied with the pizza slice you have, you might be looking for a stuffed crust. It started with the cheese-stuffed crust by Pizza Hut, but later evolved into many different kinds of stuffing. Last one I heard about was hot dog one.

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