Quad City-style 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|
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Quad City-style pizza is a unique pizza style 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, which lends a toasted, nutty flavor. 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 sometimes ground twice and spread from edge to edge. The pizzas are cooked using a special gas oven with an average cooking time of about 12 minutes. The pizza is cut 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. Purveyors as of April 2015 include:
|Fat Boy's Pizza||Davenport|
|Fields of Pizza||Moline|
|Harris Pizza||Bettendorf, Davenport, Rock Island|
|Huckleberry's Pizza||Rock Island||Not strip-cut|
|Pizza & Subs||Rock Island||Not strip-cut|
|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|
|Sports Fans Pizza||Bettendorf|
|Stashu & Son's||Moline||Not strip-cut|
|The Yankee Doodle||Moline|
|Uncle Bill's Pizza||Davenport|
|Wise Guys Pizza||Davenport|
Comparisons between establishments
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.
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