Do You Know the Difference Between Pizza Styles?


Hello, and welcome back to our blog! Here at Five 10 Pizza in Oakland, we specialize in New York style pizza and strive to deliver the best product possible. However, after serving this area for awhile, we realized that people might not know what differentiates New York style pizza from other styles of pizza that are available across the United States. To rectify this, we are going to use today’s blog post to go over some of the most popular styles of pizza that are available and what differentiates them from other styles. Continue reading below to learn more!


New York Style, Our Specialty


New York style pizza is perhaps the best known pizza style in the world. Characterized by big, wide slices that encourage people to fold them over, this style of pizza is known for being loaded with cheese and features a thin, floury crust. Hand-tossed and light on the sauce, these pizzas are typically baked in coal or deck ovens providing a crunchy yet malleable crust.


Neopolitan Style


Increasing in popularity over the last decade, Neapolitan style pizza has quickly become one of the most popular pizza options in the nation. Boasting a more “authentic” taste, the dough of this style of pizza is allowed to ferment from between a few hours to several days, resulting in a soft, digestible crust that features multiple air pockets in the crust that deliver a satisfying crunch. Typically baked in a wood-fired oven, these pizzas are lightly topped with fresh tomatoes, cheese, and herbs for a traditional Italian taste.


Tomato Pie Style


For this style of pizza, it is all about the sauce. Depending on which area of the country you happen to be in determines what constitutes a Tomato Pie. In some areas this style of pizza is referred to as a “reverse” pizza because the placement of the cheese and sauce are reversed. This creates a unique pizza that many people across the country liken to lasagna.


New Haven Style


One of the most unique styles of pizza in the country, New Haven style apizza (pronounced ah-beets) is is popular in the North East area of the country, especially Connecticut. This pizza is most often baked in oil or coal-fueled ovens that reach temperatures topping 600 degrees, delivering a charred crust that many people find reminds them of something made in their backyard grill. This style of pizza is lightly topped with tomatoes and cheese and, in some areas, is also topped with clams. The combination of crunchy and chewy has been a New England favorite for decades.


Sicilian Style

Characterized by its rectangular shape, Sicilian style pizza features a one to two inch crust, a light, pillowy interior, and a thick ,crunchy base. This pizza style features minimal toppings and features the tomato sauce on top of the cheese in order to ensure that everything stays held together and that the crust is properly cooked.


Deep Dish Style


Lauded by Chicago natives as the best style of pizza available, Deep Dish pizza is not for the faint of heart. This style of pizza features one to two inch thick crusts and, for many people, require a fork and a knife to even eat. Featuring copious amounts of cheese, sauce, and toppings, a single pizza in this style is often enough to feed an entire family.


California Style


California style pizza is quite similar to New York style pizza with a few key differences. The crust on pizzas of this style are thin like their East coast counterparts, however, the crust is typically much crispier, deterring people from folding the pizza in half. The main distinction between this style of pizza and others is the emphasis that is placed on toppings. Barbeque chicken, avocado, shrimp, and lobster are all ingredients that you can find on a California style pizza. The more ‘gourmet’ the pizza appears to be, the more likely it is that it is California Style.


Pan Style


Made famous by fast-food chains such as Pizza Hut, Pan style pizza is mostly found in the southeast United States. Unlike other pizzas that are baked on a stone or flat pan, pan style pizzas are placed in a round pan and cooked with oil or butter to deliver a thick, buttery crust that is perfect for dipping in marinara or other sauces.


We hope that this blog post has been informative and that you have learned a little more about the different styles of pizzas that are available across this great nation. If you’re interested in learning more about New York style pizza, please stop by our Oakland location today. Once you try our pizza, we are certain that you will want to come back for seconds, thirds, and fourths.