Pizza lovers rejoice! Detroit is home to some of the best pizza joints in the country. From traditional Neapolitan-style pies to creative and unexpected flavor combinations, the Motor City has no shortage of delicious pizza options.
But with so many great pizza places to choose from, it can be tough to decide where to go.
That’s where we come in! We’ve done the research for you! So whether you’re a local looking for a new spot to try or a visitor looking to indulge in some of the city’s finest pizza, this list has you covered. So grab a slice and let’s get started!
You can’t leave Detroit without trying the originator of the Detroit-style square pizza, Buddy’s Pizza.
This is where the Detroit-style pizza started — in its original location on Conant. It was the first of its kind, with a light, crispy crust and that iconic square shape.
They were the first ones to do it on those square blue steel pans with a different dough process. The way they build their pizzas is also different from the rest. It’s a truly iconic and legendary pizza spot here in Detroit.
You must try their original square pies with melted cheese, pepperoni, and red sauce.
Top Review:“This place is all it’s cracked up to be! Delicious! The outside might look a little intimidating, but all the staff is so friendly. They actually seem genuinely excited for newcomers. Even the other diners were kind, telling us how his father took his prom date to Buddy’s. This original location still has that small town feel, despite there being a few locations. Our server gave great recommendations. She even gave us a bit of house made ranch to try, and it was good! The pizza crust on the outside and soft inside. And the sauce leans towards the zesty side – not sweet. I bought some leftovers for my father, who went there often having grown up around Detroit, says that it is still just as good as he remembers. I’ve had “Detroit style” pizza before, but there’s really isn’t another pizza like Buddy’s!” – Lin H.
Top Review:“Supino has been my go-to New York-style pizzeria for years. Its location is prime, right on Russell as you enter Eastern Market from Gratiot. The restaurant itself is lively with a trendy ambiance. The menu offers a few appetizers and desserts, but mainly boasts both red and white pizzas. The Supino (red) and Smokey (white) are my two favorites. Any pizza topped with roasted garlic will come with a generous amount of it, and I’m not complaining.” – Ned I.
Their pizzas are filling, come out fresh and hot, and with generous portions. Their other dishes are also good, like their antipasto salad and various sandwiches.
Loui’s is also pretty affordable, but there can be a line during peak hours.
Top Review:“Now this is why I watch the Food Channel and this is why I watch Andrew Zimmern. He had recommended this restaurant and the pizza is Detroit style and I had to visit it when I was in Detroit 2 weeks ago. Let’s just start by saying I was happy that there was a drive-up curbside service to pick up my pizza. The Detroit style pizza it’s a SMALL and this is enough for one or two people. It was so cheesy the dough was cooked all the way through on the inside it was really amazing. Also the individual antipasto salad did not disappoint. I recommend a 10 and we try again!” – Toya R.
Top Review:“Had lunch here before a Tigers game on a Saturday afternoon. Everything was delicious from the appetizers to the pizza. Definitely don’t leave without trying the Saganaki (flaming cheese) even if just for the experience! Tzatziki was creamy and perfect with fresh pita. We all split small pizzas between 2 people and it was the perfect amount. Everyone loved their pizza, the Greek pizza was my favorite. Give this place a try!” – Megan H.
Pie Sci Pizza has everything — from basic favors to the more adventurous specialty pizzas. They think out of the box and aren’t what you’d typically expect from more traditional Detroit-style pizzas, but their flavor combinations work.
Top Review:“This place was on my list for pizza spots to check out in Detroit. Came in with the fam for a Sunday lunch and let me tell you, this place hits. We got the Chk Chk Chk Pea round pizza and a Detroit Brussels Harder square, both pies I wouldn’t generally see myself ordering but holy moly they crushed it. I have never eaten Brussels sprouts that I’ve enjoyed until today. These guys killed it and they’re incredibly friendly. I’ll have to bring more folks in to try this place next time I’m in the area.” – Joe F.
Detroit-style pizza is a type of pizza that originated in Detroit, Michigan. It is known for its thick, crispy crust and rectangular shape. The crust is made from a mixture of wheat and rye flour, which gives it a unique texture and flavor. The pizza is topped with cheese and your choice of toppings, and then baked in a square or rectangular pan that has been coated with oil or butter. The cheese is usually placed directly on the dough and then the toppings are placed on top of the cheese, which creates a caramelized crust on the edges of the pizza. Detroit-style pizza is often served with a side of marinara sauce for dipping.
What are the four types of Detroit style pizza?
Answers will vary, but here are four main types of Detroit-style pizza:
Original Detroit-style pizza: This is the classic version of Detroit-style pizza, made with a thick crust and topped with tomato sauce, cheese, and other toppings of your choice.
Meat lover’s Detroit-style pizza: As the name suggests, this type of Detroit-style pizza is loaded with meat toppings such as pepperoni, sausage, and ham.
Veggie Detroit-style pizza: This version of Detroit-style pizza is topped with a variety of vegetables, such as bell peppers, onions, mushrooms, and olives.
White Detroit-style pizza: This type of Detroit-style pizza is made without tomato sauce and is instead topped with cheese, garlic, and other ingredients of your choice. It is sometimes referred to as a “white pie.”
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