25 Detroit-style pizzas everyone should've tried by now


The secret is out about Detroit-style pizza. Decades before Vice would call Detroit-style "the best pizza you never had," followed by Esquire magazine, which made the bold claim that our take on the beloved dish is "conquering America," we had Buddy's, Cloverleaf, Loui's, Shield's, and Jet's. The Detroit-syle pizza trend, er, lifestyle, continues to bubble throughout the Detroit area with new pizzerias offering our specialty deep-dish pie cropping up all over town. Whether you want to try the pie that started it all or get quirky with unique flavor twists on a classic, these are 25 must-try Detroit-style pizzerias you should be stuffing yourself at right now. Like, right now.

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Como’s
22812 Woodward Ave., Ferndale; 248-667-4439; comosrestaurant.com
This Italian-American restaurant got a major facelift in recent years, including the addition of gourmet Detroit-style pies to its menu. 
Photo via COMO’s Ferndale / Facebook

Como’s

22812 Woodward Ave., Ferndale; 248-667-4439; comosrestaurant.com

This Italian-American restaurant got a major facelift in recent years, including the addition of gourmet Detroit-style pies to its menu.

Photo via COMO’s Ferndale / Facebook
Buddy’s
Various locations; buddyspizza.com
Detroit-style pizza is said to trace its origins to Gus Guerra, who owned neighborhood Buddy’s Rendezvous in 1946 when he asked his wife Anna to help him retool the menu. With a recipe based on her Sicilian mother’s dough, Buddy’s secret ingredient was the baking pan, which allegedly came from a car factory, and gave what became known as Detroit-style pizza its signature crispiness.
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Buddy’s

Various locations; buddyspizza.com

Detroit-style pizza is said to trace its origins to Gus Guerra, who owned neighborhood Buddy’s Rendezvous in 1946 when he asked his wife Anna to help him retool the menu. With a recipe based on her Sicilian mother’s dough, Buddy’s secret ingredient was the baking pan, which allegedly came from a car factory, and gave what became known as Detroit-style pizza its signature crispiness.

Photo via Yelp Inc., Flickr Creative Commons
Jet's
Various locations; jetspizza.com
Some might say Jet’s Pizza is to Detroit-style deep dish as what McDonald’s is to the classic American burger and fries — but that doesn’t make it any less tasty. While you might not get the dining ambiance of other pizzeria’s featured on this list, Jet’s is still a reliable way to scratch that Detroit-style deep-dish itch.
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Jet's

Various locations; jetspizza.com

Some might say Jet’s Pizza is to Detroit-style deep dish as what McDonald’s is to the classic American burger and fries — but that doesn’t make it any less tasty. While you might not get the dining ambiance of other pizzeria’s featured on this list, Jet’s is still a reliable way to scratch that Detroit-style deep-dish itch.

Photo via Wikipedia Commons
Michigan & Trumbull
1441 W. Elizabeth St., Detroit; 313-637-4992; michigantrumbullpizza.com
Opened in Corktown last year, Michigan & Trumbull is known for its unique toppings. 
Photo via Michigan & Trumbull/Facebook

Michigan & Trumbull

1441 W. Elizabeth St., Detroit; 313-637-4992; michigantrumbullpizza.com

Opened in Corktown last year, Michigan & Trumbull is known for its unique toppings.

Photo via Michigan & Trumbull/Facebook
Detroit Style Pizza Company
28630 Harper Ave., St. Clair Shores; 586-445-2810; detroitstylepizza.co
You haven't had Detroit-style pizza until you've tried Detroit Style Pizza Company. They specialize in thick, squared pizza with crispy cheese on top.
Photo via Detroit Style Pizza Co. / Facebook

Detroit Style Pizza Company

28630 Harper Ave., St. Clair Shores; 586-445-2810; detroitstylepizza.co

You haven't had Detroit-style pizza until you've tried Detroit Style Pizza Company. They specialize in thick, squared pizza with crispy cheese on top.

Photo via Detroit Style Pizza Co. / Facebook
Pie-Sci
5163 Trumbull, Detroit; 313-818-0290; piescipizza.com
Pie-Sci specializes in unique pizzas, with quirky names like Pickle Rick Pizza, Notorious P.I.G., Jerky Boys, Smores, and more.
Photo via Google Maps

Pie-Sci

5163 Trumbull, Detroit; 313-818-0290; piescipizza.com

Pie-Sci specializes in unique pizzas, with quirky names like Pickle Rick Pizza, Notorious P.I.G., Jerky Boys, Smores, and more.

Photo via Google Maps
Shield's Pizzeria
5057 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-262-6087; 25101 Telegraph Rd., Southfield; 313-356-2720; shieldspizza.com
If you're looking for a good meal and drink, Shield's is the place to go.
Photo via Google Maps

Shield's Pizzeria

5057 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-262-6087; 25101 Telegraph Rd., Southfield; 313-356-2720; shieldspizza.com

If you're looking for a good meal and drink, Shield's is the place to go.

Photo via Google Maps
Loui’s Pizza
23141 Dequindre Rd., Hazel Park; 248-547-1711; facebook.com/louispizza
Have you ever eaten at a pizza joint surrounded by empty wine bottles? At Loui's, you can look at the many wine bottles along the walls that decorate the entire restaurant. Its coziness and family-like ambiance make the pizza taste even better.
Photo via Google Maps

Loui’s Pizza

23141 Dequindre Rd., Hazel Park; 248-547-1711; facebook.com/louispizza

Have you ever eaten at a pizza joint surrounded by empty wine bottles? At Loui's, you can look at the many wine bottles along the walls that decorate the entire restaurant. Its coziness and family-like ambiance make the pizza taste even better.

Photo via Google Maps
Grandma Bob’s Pizza
2135 Michigan Ave., Detroit; 313-315-3177; grandmabobs.com
Grandma Bob's has a wide variety of handmade pizzas, including the Pear and Fig, Big Mack, and Street Beet Dorito Crunch. Inside is also the Cold Truth, a vegan ice cream parlor.
Photo via Grandma Bob’s Handmade Pizza / Facebook

Grandma Bob’s Pizza

2135 Michigan Ave., Detroit; 313-315-3177; grandmabobs.com

Grandma Bob's has a wide variety of handmade pizzas, including the Pear and Fig, Big Mack, and Street Beet Dorito Crunch. Inside is also the Cold Truth, a vegan ice cream parlor.

Photo via Grandma Bob’s Handmade Pizza / Facebook
Green Lantern
Various locations; greenlanternpizza.com
Tracing its lineage back 55 years, Green Lantern Pizza got its signature name from the legendary green lanterns that were said to mark speakeasies where patrons could buy alcohol during prohibition. Nowadays, Green Lantern offers a low-key atmosphere filled with sports history and photos for you to ponder while you munch down a crispy Detroit-style deep dish.
Photo via Green Lantern Pizza/Facebook

Green Lantern

Various locations; greenlanternpizza.com

Tracing its lineage back 55 years, Green Lantern Pizza got its signature name from the legendary green lanterns that were said to mark speakeasies where patrons could buy alcohol during prohibition. Nowadays, Green Lantern offers a low-key atmosphere filled with sports history and photos for you to ponder while you munch down a crispy Detroit-style deep dish.

Photo via Green Lantern Pizza/Facebook