Quad City-style pizza

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Quad-City Style Pizza
This style of pizza usually has most of the toppings under the cheese[1]
Type Pizza
Place of origin United States
Region or state Quad Cities
Main ingredients Pizza dough with malt, tomato sauce with red chili flakes and cayenne, sausage, cheese
Cookbook:Quad-City Style Pizza  Quad-City Style Pizza
Location of the Quad Cities

Quad City-style pizza is a unique pizza style[1] that originates from the Quad Cities region of the United States. The crust has a nutty taste, the tomato sauce is spicy, the toppings are under the cheese, and the pizza is cut into strips.


Quad City-style pizza dough has a “spice jam” that is heavy on malt,[2] which lends a toasted, nutty flavor.[1] The pizzas are typically hand-thrown to be stretched into an even quarter-inch thin crust with a slight lip ringing the edge. The sauce typically contains both red chili flakes and ground cayenne, and the smooth, thin tomato spread is more spicy than sweet. The sausage is typically a thick blanket of lean, fennel-flecked Italian sausage[3] sometimes ground twice and spread from edge to edge.[4][5] The pizzas are typically cooked using a special gas oven with an average cooking time of about 12 minutes. The pizza is typically cut into strips,[1] as opposed to being cut in slices. An average 16-inch pizza has about 14 strips, and a 10-inch pizza has about 10 strips.[3]

By region[edit]

The dish originates in the Quad Cities region of the United States.[6] Purveyors of the style include Harris Pizza (Davenport, Bettendorf, Rock Island), Frank's (Silvis), Fat Boy's (Davenport), and Wise Guys (Davenport). The dish is also prepared in other areas of the United States, including Chicago, Illinois,[2][7] Phoenix, Arizona and San Diego, California.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d ""Quad Cities Style" pizza restaurant nominated for "Best New Chicago Pizzeria"". WQAD News. February 28, 2012. Retrieved March 23, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b Sula, Mike (September 8, 2011). "Roots Handmade Pizza: Quad Cities represent". Chicago Reader. Retrieved March 23, 2012. 
  3. ^ a b Shouse, Heather (2011-05-25). "Quad Cities pizza: a primer - Restaurants + Bars". Time Out Chicago. Retrieved 2012-03-22. 
  4. ^ Kuban, Adam (2011-04-06). "Is There a 'Quad Cities-Style' Pizza? | Serious Eats: Chicago". Chicago.seriouseats.com. Retrieved 2012-03-22. 
  5. ^ David Burke (2011-05-30). "What makes a pizza Quad-Cities style?". Qctimes.com. Retrieved 2012-03-22. 
  6. ^ "Chicago gets a slice of Quad-Cities". Quad-City Times. May 30, 2011. Retrieved March 23, 2012. 
  7. ^ Kott, Ruthie (July 5, 2011). "Coolest job ever: pizza consultant". Red Eye. Retrieved March 23, 2012. 

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