Should deep dish pizza really be considered pizza? | The Tylt
Pizza purists say deep dish pizza should not be considered pizza. They say pizza, no matter what form it takes, is supposed to be thin, chewy and crispy. Deep dish is something closer to a casserole or a pie. There's nothing wrong with that, just don't call it a pizza. Deep dish fans say of course it's pizza—and it's the best pizza. Just because it's different doesn't make it wrong. What do you think? 🍕
Should deep dish pizza really be considered pizza?
It's plain to most people why deep dish shouldn't be considered pizza. Just look at it. The monstrosity, while delicious, is closer to a pie or a casserole than anything else. The crust is not thin, chewy or crispy. It's flaky. That's a pie.
It has a filling. Pizza does not have a filling, but pies do. It's cooked in a pan—like a casserole. It might use the same ingredients as a pizza but that's a low bar. Plenty of other foods combine flour, tomatoes, cheese, and meat to great effect. We don't call those foods pizza.
You can't even hold a slice of deep dish pizza in your hand. It doesn't have the structural integrity. You have to eat deep dish pizza with utensils. What else is that like? Pies and casseroles.
Even former Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia weighed in on this debate. He said:
“It’s very tasty, but it’s not pizza,” Scalia told the Chicago Sun-Times. “[It] shouldn’t be called pizza.”
Deep dish fans are used to the hate. If people are so afraid of innovation on their pizza, they should go back to the true roots. Pizza's popular origin story is that a pizza maker in Naples wanted to make something in honor of the Queen Consort of Italy, Margherita of Savoy, so he made a dish using flatbread, mozzarella, basil, and tomato to reflect the colors of the Italian flag.
There you go pizza purists, that's the only pizza you should be eating.
Food evolves over time. That's just how things work. Pizza is a hugely broad category that has more than enough room for both thin-crust New York pizza and deep dish pizza (but never pineapple on pizza). While the purists work themselves into a rage over whether or not deep dish is pizza or not, deep dish fans are just going to enjoy their food.