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
Created by Frank's Pizzeria (1955)
Main ingredients Pizza dough with malt, tomato sauce with red chili flakes and cayenne, sausage, cheese
Cookbook: Quad-City Style Pizza  Media: Quad-City Style Pizza
Location of the Quad Cities
Sausage pizza from Fat Boy's Pizza of Davenport, Iowa.
Sausage pizza from Harris Pizza (Davenport, Iowa location)

Quad City-style pizza is a unique pizza style[1] that originates from the Quad Cities region of Iowa and Illinois in 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 contains a "spice jam", which is heavy on malt,[2] which lends a toasted, nutty flavor.[1] The pizzas are hand-tossed to be stretched into an even quarter-inch thin crust with a slight lip ringing the edge. The sauce 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 cooked using a special gas oven with an average cooking time of about 12 minutes. The pizza is 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 as of April 2015 include:

Establishment Location Notes
Benny's Pizza Milan
Clint's Pizza Moline
Danny Boy's Geneseo
Fat Boy's Pizza Davenport
Fields of Pizza Moline
Frank's Pizzeria Silvis
Gunchie's Davenport
Harris Pizza Bettendorf, Davenport, Rock Island
Happy Joe's Various
Huckleberry's Pizza Rock Island Not strip-cut
Pizza & Subs Rock Island Not strip-cut
Pizza Shack Davenport
Poor Boy's Pizza and Pub Rock Island
Riverbend Pizza Place Port Byron
Roots Pizza Lincoln Square and West Town, Chicago
Saint Giuseppe's Heavenly Pizza Moline
Slugger's Pizza Silvis
Spinners Pizza Milan
Sports Fans Pizza Bettendorf
Stashu & Son's Moline Not strip-cut
The Yankee Doodle Moline
Uncle Bill's Pizza Davenport
Wise Guys Pizza Davenport

The dish has been prepared in other areas of the United States, including Mesa, Arizona[7] and Chicago.[2][8] The Arizona location has closed.[9]

Comparisons between establishments[edit]

In 2016, a group of Quad City residents reviewed and compared two popular brands of Quad City-style pizza, Harris and Wise Guys. The review used a numerical rubric to take into account the key aspects of the style including the nutty crust, spiced sauce and double ground fennel-seasoned sausage. Harris Pizza scored an 81/92 while Wise Guys scored a 75/92, indicating Harris to be a better model for Quad City-style pizza.[10]

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. ^ Soenarie, Angelique (June 6, 2011). "Pizza Pit in Mesa offers famous Quad City pies". The Arizona Republic. Mesa, Arizona. Retrieved 2015-08-07. 
  8. ^ Kott, Ruthie (July 5, 2011). "Coolest job ever: pizza consultant". Red Eye. Retrieved March 23, 2012. 
  9. ^ https://www.yelp.com/biz/pizza-pit-mesa
  10. ^ "Midwest Day Trips". midwestdaytrips.blogspot.com. Retrieved 2016-12-27. 

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