Which is the superior pizza: Deep dish or thin crust? | The Tylt

Which is the superior pizza: Deep dish or thin crust?

The perpetual battle: deep dish versus thin crust, Chicago versus New York. Fans of deep dish argue this is an all-around better pizza experience. Deep dish takes time to be savored, rewarding you endlessly with layers upon layers of dough, cheese, and sauce. Thin crust fans are on the opposite end of the spectrum and believe that pizza should be the perfect balance between crisp-but-soft crust, a thin layer of not-too-sweet sauce, and, of course, cheese. Which pizza is superior?

FINAL RESULTS
Culture
Which is the superior pizza: Deep dish or thin crust?
A festive crown for the winner
#TeamDeepDish
#TeamThinCrust
Dataviz
Real-time Voting
Which is the superior pizza: Deep dish or thin crust?
#TeamDeepDish
#TeamThinCrust
#TeamDeepDish

Deep dish pizza is the ultimate indulgence. This pie is like 10 pizzas stacked on top of each other–what's not to love? When you sit down for deep dish, you know you're going to have to wait at least 45 minutes for it to cook to perfection. Pizza-lovers can spend this time preparing their minds and their bodies for the worldly journey their tastebuds are about to embark on. Deep dish is an experience, not a meal. 

Insider's Sarah Schmalbruch explains:

As its name suggests, deep dish pizza is baked in a round, relatively deep pan, which means that there's more available surface area to fill with toppings. It is thus insanely cheesy.
#TeamThinCrust

Pizza is a dance; it's all about balance and trust. The crust should have a slight char on the bottom, providing crunch in every bite, but it should still maintain a dough-like texture. The sauce should be both tangy and sweet, and cheese should be the highlight, but not to the point where it overpowers the other two players. 

Thin crust pizza is the only way to achieve this balance. There's something to be said for grabbing the perfect slice on the go and enjoying it fully no matter how much time you have. Such a scenario is impossible with deep dish. 

Plus, with deep dish, they don't even put the cheese on top of the sauce; the order is dough, cheese, then sauce–blasphemy! 

#TeamDeepDish

Chicagoans will tell you there is a method to the madness. Schmalbruch continues her defense of deep dish:

There's actually a specific reason for this unconventional order. Because deep dish is larger than most pizza, it requires more time in the oven. If the cheese and other toppings weren't placed under the sauce, they would burn, so it's a protective measure.

Meanwhile, thin crust pizza is nothing more than a snack. The Tylt's Associate Creative Producer, Jonathon Musgrave, feels that deep dish is "everything you love about pizza x 1000," and that thin-crust is a pale excuse for a pie, saying it is an "overpriced cardboard byproduct." He argues:

More sauce, more cheese, more toppings, it's literally a DEEP pizza. I'm sick of being disappointed every time a greasy slice of pizza is put in front of me. It's just not worth it to pay $4 for three pepperonis (if you're lucky), two little black olives, and a liter of grease. That's not exciting. That's not a meal. Deep dish pizza is literally a pantry full of all the best parts of pizza.
#TeamThinCrust

A "snack" is one way to put it. Others might call it versatile. The proverbial thin-crust slice is everything you need it to be and more: it's your early lunch, it's your afternoon snack, it's your dinner, it's your late-night meal–it can even be the dessert to your less-exciting Italian meal of spaghetti and meatballs. 

Thin-crust pizza also allows for greater variety. There's room to throw in some pepperoni, basil, onions, veggies, or even bacon. Deep dish, on the other hand, is only bogged down by extra toppings–it's already such a task to finish on its own. 

Nothing can beat the classic thin-crust pizza. It's the way pizza is meant to be. 

FINAL RESULTS
Culture
Which is the superior pizza: Deep dish or thin crust?
A festive crown for the winner
#TeamDeepDish
#TeamThinCrust