QOTD: Pizza Wars

Tim Healey
by Tim Healey

I am not sure if I should even do this QOTD, but it's a Friday and there's a big football game this weekend, so it feels appropriate. It's not car related, and it's the kind of question that could break the internet, but I am going to ask it anyway.

What style of pizza do you prefer?

This came to my mind because yesterday, during the kickoff breakfast for the Chicago Auto Show press day, the journalist serving as MC pointed out that here in Chicago, we locals prefer tavern-cut pizza over deep dish. This is contrary to stereotypes. Generally speaking, I think his assertion is correct: Most Chicagoans I know seem to prefer the thin-crust tavern-style over deep dish.

I know I do -- I usually only have deep dish once or twice a year. Usually at corporate events or because friends/family are in town and want it.

It also happened to be national pizza day, and I had pizza for dinner.

Since the auto show draws a mix of local and out-of-town media I was wondering -- what is the best style of pizza? Chicago (tavern or deep dish), New York, St. Louis, Detroit, or something else?

Personally, I prefer Chicago tavern cut, but I don't think that's just my local bias showing. Nor is it because it's the type I have most often. I simply haven't often had Detroit style and I haven't tried St. Louis. I like NY style for the most part but do find it a tad too greasy.

What type of pizza do you seek out after a long day of driving (or reading TTAC)?

Sound off below.

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Tim Healey
Tim Healey

Tim Healey grew up around the auto-parts business and has always had a love for cars — his parents joke his first word was “‘Vette”. Despite this, he wanted to pursue a career in sports writing but he ended up falling semi-accidentally into the automotive-journalism industry, first at Consumer Guide Automotive and later at Web2Carz.com. He also worked as an industry analyst at Mintel Group and freelanced for About.com, CarFax, Vehix.com, High Gear Media, Torque News, FutureCar.com, Cars.com, among others, and of course Vertical Scope sites such as AutoGuide.com, Off-Road.com, and HybridCars.com. He’s an urbanite and as such, doesn’t need a daily driver, but if he had one, it would be compact, sporty, and have a manual transmission.

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  • Mitchell Leitman Mitchell Leitman on Feb 11, 2023

    Roman. Thin and crispy.

    • Tassos Tassos on Feb 12, 2023

      That;s the correct answer, only it is not roman, but Neapolitan (Pizza Napolitana). DO not expect the savages to ever try it though.

  • Bobbysirhan Bobbysirhan on Feb 11, 2023

    New York style is great if you aren't in New York. In five years living in Manhattan and rarely going more than 48 hours without ingesting Pizza, I never had anything remotely as good as you can get at Hoboken Pizza in Pacific Beach, Capri Pizza in Mission Beach, or Gino's in Virginia Beach. As for Chicago deep-dish, I wholeheartedly recommend Windy City in Virginia Beach and Lefty's in Hillcrest.

    • Tassos Tassos on Feb 12, 2023

      it's unhealthy junk food regardless of your location.

  • Kosmo Kosmo on Feb 12, 2023

    Cast you net wide -- there are so many good places to sample so many good styles of pizza!

  • Tassos Tassos on Feb 12, 2023

    Riidculously salty and greasy American style pizza is really a JUNK food, worthless really, and very unhealthy. I could care less what variety of this atrocity you like.

    The ORIGINAL Neapolitan Pizza (Pizza Napolitana), in contrast, is far, far, far healthier, a REAL food and not the garbage you keep buying in the supermarket. It has a ton less grease and instead lots of tomato and olive oil. And if you think olive oil is just less tasty fat, there is no hope for you.