Detroit, MI (PRWEB) February 28, 2014
Detroit Style Pizza continues to surge in popularity as Authentic Detroit Style Pizza Makers have recently opened pizzerias in 7 U.S. states, Europe and Asia, with even more restaurants serving the traditional Detroit pie opening soon. Big brand pizza companies have taken notice of the national-award-winning style, with several offering their own versions of Detroit Style Pizza. However, World Champion Pizza Maker Shawn Randazzo worries that big brands' inability to bake and serve truly Authentic Detroit Style Pizza could jeopardize public perception about the "Motor City Secret."
"My mission is to make sure everyone gets a taste of Authentic Detroit Style Pizza, so it's an odd position to be in. On one hand, big brands are more capable of promoting Detroit Style Pizza than smaller, locally-owned pizzerias, and for doing so, I applaud them. On the other hand, if they're not properly preparing the style, they're not really serving Authentic Detroit Style Pizza, and we don't want people to think they're eating our style of pizza if they're not," said Randazzo, who owns three Detroit Style Pizza Co. pizzerias in Metro Detroit and founded DetroitStylePizza.com, an educational and training resource for operators who want to serve Authentic Detroit Style Pizza.
Recently, big pizza brands such as Little Caesar's and Hungry Howie's have added Detroit Style Pizza to their menus, but Randazzo said large chain operations aren't equipped to properly prepare Authentic Detroit Style Pizza. Key differences include:
These practices are adhered to religiously by Randazzo and other Authentic Detroit Style Pizza Makers such as Brown Dog Pizza in Telluride, Co., Via 313 in Austin, Texas, KJ's Pizza in Grass Valley, Calif. and Loui Loui's in Louisville, Ky. If big brand pizza companies do not likewise adhere to the same standards, their versions of Detroit Style Pizza will not feature the same flavor, texture, or consistency that has skyrocketed Authentic Detroit Style Pizza's popularity in recent years.
"It's not that I believe big brands are bad, it's just that they're simply not equipped and trained to properly prepare Authentic Detroit Style Pizza," said Randazzo. "It would be a shame for people to make a judgment about Detroit Style Pizza without first getting to enjoy the real deal."
Learn more about Authentic Detroit Style Pizza and locate Authentic Detroit Style Pizza Makers at DetroitStylePizza.com.