Dough dear! Americans reveal the most BIZARRE ‘local pizza styles’ from across the US – from Pennsylvania’s cheese slice-topped ‘Altoona pie’ to Rhode Island tomato squares
- Twitter users from across the US have been revealing how the concept of ‘pizza’ varies wildly from state to state
- The Altoona-style pizza from Pennsylvania has American-style cheese slices
- In California, healthier style pizzas feature raw tomatoes and arugula
Do any of these wacky and wonderful pizza creations fire up your appetite?
Twitter users from across the US have been revealing how the concept of ‘pizza’ varies wildly from state to state and city to city.
User @MNateShyamalan sparked a flurry of recipe sharing activity after he tweeted: ‘The saddest thing is when you visit a city that’s not New York or Chicago and they’re like @we also have a distinctive pizza style!”’
Other users quickly started sharing photos of what pizzas look like in their localities, with creations from Pennsylvania, Iowa and Rhode Island some of the more unusual pies.
Several people posted images of the Altoona-style pizza which hails from Pennsylvania
Some users tweeted about the strange pizza creations coming out of Pittsburgh, with the style there consisting of baked, square crusts topped with cold toppings
A shot of an Altoona-style slice, left, and a healthier pizza recipe from California, right
@thomasadennis revealed, much to his annoyance, how pies in St Louis are typically cut into small squares
Several people posted images of the Altoona-style pizza which hails from Pennsylvania.
Jim Cheney, writing on the website Uncovering PA, notes that this particular style of pizza was invented at the Altoona Hotel in the 1960s or 1970s.
However, when the property burned down in 2013, several restaurants in the area adopted the pizza recipe and started selling it.
Detailing what the pizza recipe entails, he explains: ‘Altoona-style pizza is a Sicilian-style pizza (though they might be offended to hear that). The pizza is cooked on a Sicilian pizza dough, which makes it thicker than many other types of pizza that you’ll find in the area.
‘The pizza is topped with tomato sauce, green bell peppers, peppercorn salami, and, most controversial, yellow American cheese. The yellow American cheese now typically replaces Velvetta cheese, which was the original cheese of choice.’
Colorado-based Twitter users revealed their state’s less artful-looking pizza recipe, known as the ‘Colorado mountain pie’ with braided, honey-sweetened crust
@starlitclover uploaded a photo demonstrating the ‘California pizza’, with the topping comprising raw tomatoes, arugula and avocado slices
Twitter user @baconelf uploaded this photo along with the caption ‘Iowa style pizza is just fine’
Photos posted to the twitter thread show how the Altoona-style pizza looks pretty unsavory with a fluffy base and a gooey melted layer of American cheese on top.
Another odd pizza creation from Pennsylvania was highlighted by Twitter user @MNateShyamalan. The ‘Pittsburgh-style pizza’ consists of baked, square crusts topped with tomato sauce and cold toppings including mounds of unmelted cheese, pickles and chilis.
A gallery on the Pittsburgh pizza store Beto’s website shows how almost all of their creations feature a solid layer of cold grated cheese.
For those looking for a healthier pizza recipe, some Twitter users suggested heading over to California.
User @jdaley5487 posted a picture of a slice she got from Abbot’s Pizza Company in Venice.
Instead of a slew of cheese, hers featured a based covered in salad and avocado. Another person on the thread, @starlitclover, uploaded a similar photo demonstrating the ‘California pizza’, with the topping comprising raw tomatoes, arugula and avocado slices.
Colorado-based Twitter users revealed their state’s less artful-looking pizza recipe, known as the ‘Colorado mountain pie’.
This pizza features a thick, braided, honey-sweetened crust, topped with a ‘mountain’ of toppings.
Another shot of a squared up pizza from St Louis was posted by @chandler_stl
@MNateShyamalan posted a photo of pizza from Pittsburgh complete with cold cheese, left, while @AndrewRCraig said Maryland crab pizza is ‘actually good and definitely different’, right
Mental Health Amateur @PunkLumberJack I’m from MA and my RI friends introduced me to pizza strips. Cheeseless pizza baked in a sheet pan and served at room temp. It’s honestly fire
User @Xenia12126 posted an image of what the specialty pies look like and said: ‘I’ve only lived in Colorado for like five years, but Colorado-style pizza is like my favorite thing ever. I’m a SUCKER for the crust.’
@thomasadennis said he was less enamored with the pizza in St Louis. While the look of the pizza is pretty traditional, he explained that the pies are typically cut into three or four inch miniature squares.
He captioned a photo of the squared up pizza: ‘There’s a lot that I love about St. Louis, but FFS’.
Rhode Island was revealed as another spot where pizza is served in square or rectangle format. The state also has its own unique recipe known as ‘bakery pizza’ which features no cheese and a smear of tomato paste on a baked crust.
Twitter user @PunkLumberJack explained that his friends introduced him to bakery pizza and it didn’t taste as bad as it looked.
Alongside an image of the baked good he explained: ‘Cheeseless pizza baked in a sheet pan and served at room temp. It’s honestly fire.’
Other Twitter users from around the world got involved in the thread, with one from Sweden sharing a photo of a pizza topped with pineapple rings, banana slices and ham, while someone from the UK presented a pizza topped with a full English cooked breakfast and another from Scotland uploaded an image showing a deep-fried pizza served with fries.