Detroit Style Pizza Gaining Fame

The following was published in the Detroit Free Press. Read the full article here.  Watch the video below! Say it with us: “Detroit-style pizza.” Every day, people come into Jeff Smokevitch’s stylish Brown Dog Saloon in Telluride, Colo., look at his menu and ask, “What’s Detroit pizza? It’s like Chicago, right?” No, it isn’t. Neither is it like New York, New Haven, California, Neapolitan or Sicilian pizza. It’s distinctly Detroit-style, and Brown Dog customers — who had never heard of Detroit-style pizza two and a half years ago — now devour it. “Every single time, they’re blown away by it. They’ll come back and get it again and again,” said… Read More

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Congratulations to Loui Loui’s!

We recently had the pleasure of training Brian Spurlock and Larry Smith, who earned their Approved Detroit Style Pizza Maker designations at our St. Clair Shores location. The pair, along with Detroit native Michael Spurlock, are opening Loui Loui’s Authentic Detroit Style Pizza in Louisville, KY next month. We wish them the best as they embark on their new venture. If you’re in Louisville, be sure to stop by for a slice of truly authentic Detroit Style Pizza!

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KJ’s Pizza Named Approved Detroit Style Pizza Maker

KJ’s Pizza, owned and operated by Paul and Kathy Jechura in Grass Valley, Calif., recently earned Approved Detroit Style Pizza Maker designation. Detroit natives, the Jechuras grew up eating Detroit Style Pizza and wanted to bring the style to their California-based restaurant, which they recently converted from a Quizno’s franchise. World Champion Pizza Maker Shawn Randazzo trained the Jechuras over a five-day period in early February 2013. “KJ’s Pizza recently had the honor to experience the Detroit Style Pizza Training Program, and we were impressed by Shawn Randazzo and his crew’s dedication and focus on proper training techniques,” said Paul Jechura. “Shawn’s ability to ‘rally the troops’ and develop team… Read More

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The Power of the Pan

Authentic Detroit Style Pizza pans are a slice of Motor City history. Once used as parts trays by Detroit’s auto manufacturers, the square-shaped pans are made from steel. Each pan is specially-prepared to bake Detroit Style Pizza with a three-hour seasoning process that involves several cycles of coating and baking. These qualities make for the perfect Detroit Style Pizza: proper heat conduction for an evenly-baked deep dish crust that’s crispy outside yet light and airy inside, cheese that caramelizes on the edges when baked and the retention of more pizza flavor with each bake. “Pizza chefs have tremendous pride for their recipes, ingredients and baking processes. Authenticity is paramount for… Read More

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