Cloverleaf's Original Detroit-Style Pizza Challenges New York and Chicago for America's Best Pizza

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Rich in flavor and history, Cloverleaf Pizza's authentic Detroit-style recipe takes third place in the American Pizza Championship.

Detroit Style Pizza

Shawn Randazzo with his award winning Detroit Style Pizza

America loves pizza, but nine out of ten people outside of Detroit have never heard of Detroit-style pizza. It's the Motor City Secret.

Metro Detroit-based Cloverleaf Pizza Carryout and Delivery won third place in the American Pizza Championship at the Sixth Annual PMQ Magazine Orlando Pizza Show, held Sept. 8 to Sept. 10, 2011 in Orlando; proving that Detroit-style pizza deserves the same popular recognition enjoyed by New York-style and Chicago-style.

“America loves pizza, but nine out of ten people outside of Detroit have never heard of Detroit-style pizza. It's the Motor City Secret,” said Randazzo. “Our mission is to change that, because when people try our original recipe, they fall in love with it. New York-style and Chicago-style are excellent, but Detroit-style pizza is the unsung hero of landmark pizzas. It isn't just another pizza; it represents American history and ingenuity as well as the passions of so many who value fresh, quality ingredients with a rich, unique flavor experience.”

Cloverleaf Pizza serves the original and authentic Detroit-style pizza recipe, first introduced by Gus Guerra in 1946. When most restaurants were serving fish and chips to meet the demand of returning World War II soldiers, Guerra wanted something unique. With his wife Anna's Sicilian dough as the foundation, Guerra went to work crafting what some have called the “upside down” or “red top” pizza: Detroit-style pizza is baked in a square pan and features a thick, chewy crust lined first with pepperoni, then mounds of cheese, then traditional or specialty toppings and finally topped with a signature red sauce.

Though it isn't yet well-known outside of Detroit, many of those who have tried Detroit-style pizza have popularized Cloverleaf Pizza's Mail Order service, which delivers coast-to-coast in the continental United States.

“I'm grateful to serve Gus Guerra's authentic pizza recipe, first introduced more than 60 years ago. I'm proud and passionate about our pizza, and excited to be on the forefront of putting Detroit-style pizza on the map,” said Randazzo.

The American Pizza Championship victory isn't the first honor bestowed on Cloverleaf Pizza. Randazzo's Meat Supreme Pizza took first place in the 2009 North American Pizza and Ice Cream Pizza Pizazz Show held in Columbus, OH. Cloverleaf Pizza also made history when it was the first to advance to the finals of both the “Best Traditional Pizza” and “Best Non-Traditional Pizza” categories at the 2011 International Pizza Expo held in Las Vegas, where Randazzo ultimately won “Best Pizza in the Midwest” and placed sixth for “Best Non-Traditional Pizza.”

To learn more about Cloverleaf Pizza and Detroit-style Pizza, visit

Cloverleaf Pizza Carryout and Delivery proudly serves the original, authentic Detroit-style pizza in addition to pastas, salads, baked subs, wings and breadsticks. Owned and operated by Shawn Randazzo and his mother, Linda Michaels, Cloverleaf Pizza has two Metro Detroit locations at St. Clair Shores (586-445-2810) and Clinton Township (586-286-9030) and seeks to expand to 30 locations by 2018. Focused on quality, community and people, Cloverleaf Pizza is open from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. daily and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Media Contact: Shawn Randazzo
Owner, Cloverleaf Pizza


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