Chicago Versus New York: Who Has the Best Pizza?
If there’s one thing Americans take pride in, it’s their food. The US is home to a number of sinful delights both sweet and savory, and few people are as passionate about other foods as they are about pizza. Although it was technically invented somewhere else, Americans have truly made pizza their own, and New York and Chicago have vied for supremacy for as long as most Americans have been alive. It seems like a never-ending rivalry, but could it be that a victor has emerged? It’s unlikely that any gains for either side will ever be permanent, but for those within the US and those who would like to visit, the fierce competition between the East Coast and the Midwest ensures that pizza lovers everywhere come out winners.
What’s the Difference?
New York style pizza has a thin crust, and it’s usually cut into large slices that beg to be folded. Chicago style pizza has thick and crumbly crust, and there’s over an inch of cheese, sauce and toppings. NYC style pizza puts minimal emphasis on the crust in favor of focusing on the cheese and other toppings. Chicago style pizza doubles up on absolutely everything, and the most decadent Chicago style pizzas offer three or four times the amount of cheese and toppings as NYC style pizza. While NYC style pizza is meant to be eaten on the go, Chicago style pizza has to be enjoyed at a booth or table, and sometimes silverware is non-optional. Chicago style pizza is so rich and so dense that it simply isn’t suited to the fast-paced lifestyle of most NYC residents, and that is at the heart of what makes these kinds of pizzas so different from one another.
What do People Prefer?
This is a constant tug of war. In 2010, Chicago style pizza inched ahead of its NYC counterpart in most polls, but as of 2012, only eight percent of the population favored it over NYC style pizza. It probably has to do with the fact that NYC style pizza is much more portable, and it also tends to be more affordable. Chicago style pizza is so dense with toppings that it can cost twice as much per slice as the competition, and it’s a food that absolutely demands to be savored. Chicago style pizza is what people get when they have half an hour or more to devote to sheer culinary decadence. In the fast-paced modern world, most people just don’t have time for that.
Everybody Loves Pizza
Regardless of which variety of pizza someone favors, everybody loves the stuff. Over 83 percent of Americans say that pizza ranks as one of their favorite foods, and while the overall winner changes with shifts in technology and culture, both Chicago and NYC style pizza will have a place on the market well into the foreseeable future.
Penny Toleton writes for pizzadelivery.org where you can findin your area.