Quad City-style pizza
|Quad-City Style Pizza|
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|Pizza dough with malt, tomato sauce with red chili flakes and cayenne, sausage, cheese|
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Quad City-style pizza is a unique pizza style 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, which lends a toasted, nutty flavor. They're 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 sometimes ground twice and spread from edge to edge. The pizzas are typically cooked using a special gas oven with an average cooking time of about 12 minutes. The pizza is cut using giant razor-sharp scissors into strips, 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.
The dish originates in the Quad Cities region of the United States. The dish is also prepared in other areas of the United States, including Chicago, Illinois, Phoenix, Arizona and San Diego, California.
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