Deep-Dish Pizza 101 with Superstone®


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The History of Deep-Dish Pizza

According to Wikipedia, "Chicago-style pizza is pizza prepared according to several different styles developed in Chicago. The most famous is the deep-dish pizza. The pan in which it is baked gives the pizza its characteristically high edge which provides ample space for large amounts of cheese and a chunky tomato sauce. Chicago-style pizza may be prepared in deep-dish style and as a stuffed pizza."

There are some debates about who first developed the Chicago-style deep-dish pizza: some say that it was invented in Chicago, in 1943, by Uno's founder Ike Sewell.

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An article from the Chicago Daily News in 1956 states that Uno's original pizza chef Rudy Malnati developed the recipe, and the Chicago Tribune reports that, according to the descendants of Saverio Rosati, that deep-dish pizza is on their menu the same today as when Rosati's Authentic Chicago Pizza opened way back in 1926.

But no matter who is the original inventor, Deep-Dish Pizza is a Chicago staple and is enjoyed by millions of people yearly.


Superstone® Pizza Stones

Sassafras® has provided Pizza Stones like the Chicago Style Deep-Dish Pizza Maker to the world for over 30 years, and countless Chicagoans have been making pizza pies in their homes ever since.

Our Superstone® Deep-Dish Pizza & Pie Maker is also great for pizzas, pies, roasting potatoes, quiches, and more! And be sure to read our blog, Pizza Stone 101, with tips on how to use and care for your pizza stone, so that it lasts for years to come. Check out our recipe booklet that comes with the Pizza & Pie Maker.

Deep-Dish Pizza Recipes from Sassafras®

We have our recipes for Deep-Dish Pizza like Fresh Tomato Pizza SauceTraditional Chicago-Style pIzza with Homemade Dough, and South of the Border Pizza, a spicy Mexican take on the Deep-Dish classic! 


Serve it Up

If you need pizza accessories for cutting and serving your pies, look no further–– Sassafras® has a wood-handled pizza cutter and a silicone-handled pizza cutter for all your baking needs.

Have Fun Making Deep Dish Pizza

So now you've got the history and the tools, you're ready to make Deep-Dish Pizza. Tag and share your photos using Sassafras® products on social media: we love seeing what you’re up to! Happy Pizza Making!