Regardless how you slice it, there’s a pizza feud going on south of the border.
Nothing cheesy about it. There’s a legitimate beef between pizza lovers in two of America’s largest cities. Each city is just as proud of their signature styles, and neither is backing down.
Here’s the story:
Last week, the U.S. Pizza Museum opened in downtown Chicago. It was created by local pizza fan Kendall Bruns, with the exhibition showcasing a collection of pizza memorabilia celebrating America’s love affair with all things doughy and cheesy and meaty.
What could possibly go wrong?
When New Yorkers heard that a pizza museum was set to open in Chicago and not in their city, they unleashed fury on social media. Some of the more PG-rated tweets came from famous New York celebrities.
CNN news anchor Jack Tapper wrote on Twitter in response to a picture of a deep dish pizza posted by ABC 7 Chicago, “What’s with the photograph of the casserole?”
Comedian David Cross joked, “Fantastic! In other news, the Seafood Museum will be opening in Fargo, the NY Deli Museum will be opening in Fairbanks, and the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame is being moved to Key West.”
It’s no secret that Americans love their pizza. Chicago is known for its delicious deep dish – with cheese and toppings smothered by tomato sauce and baked for nearly an hour. It’s so heavy and thick, you’ll need a fork and knife to experience it.
New York pizza differs greatly from the deep dish but is equally tasty. New York pizza is famous for its thin crust, which is hand-tossed and stretched. It’s normally baked in a deck oven, with the resulting crust typically soft and foldable rather than crispy.
I’ve been fortunate enough to experience both a Chicago deep dish and a New York foldable slice. They’re only comparable by taste – each is delicious. And pizza lovers in each city make no bones about standing in line for hours to grab a bite of their favourite pie.
But did you know Regina has its own unique style of pizza? Regina-style pizza is nothing like Chicago’s deep dish, nor is it anything like a New York slice. Regina pizza is piled high with toppings, usually of the meat variety, with a thick layer of cheese and a tangy tomato sauce unlike the others.
Regina pizza is so good, it’s famous. It’s true. In fact, Regina pizza is so beloved by visitors and locals that several rumours persist of it being special ordered and flown to different locations across North America.
Hollywood big wigs that filmed movies in this city raved about the pizza they devoured in this quiet prairie town. Rumour has it Regina pizzas have been special guests at many a Hollywood party.