June 23 is Detroit-Style Pizza Day: Here's where to celebrate
There are a lot of national food holidays celebrating certain dishes, cuisines and condiments, but none more cheesy and delicious as National Detroit-Style Pizza Day, June 23.
The holiday was born last year when Buddy's Day, which was named by Detroit Mayor Dave Bing in 2011, evolved to National Detroit-Style Pizza Day. This was part of the year-long, 75th anniversary celebration for the Buddy's Pizza brand.
Naturally, Buddy's will be leading the charge to make this day for square pizza a chance to raise money for charity. The originator of Detroit-style pizza via former owner Gus Guerra (who went on to found Cloverleaf Pizza), Buddy's is calling on Detroit-style pizzerias across the nation to give back to their communities.
On Thursday, June 23, Buddy's is donating $1 from every pizza sold to the Salvation Army.
Giving back to nonprofits is something Buddy's does regularly. Last month higher ups at Buddy's presented a check for $90,000 to Capuchin Soup Kitchen following the annual Slice for Life fundraiser. Through the years that event has raised more than $3 million for the soup kitchen.
Some of the other businesses joining Buddy's in a charitable effort on Thursday include Detroit Style Pizza Company in St. Clair Shores, which will donate 10% of Thursday's sales to Gleaners Food Bank. Outside of Michigan, D Town Pizzeria in West Hollywood will also donate 10% to No Kid Hungry L.A. and New York's Lions, Tigers & Squares pizzeria will donate $1 from every pie sold to New York City Rescue Mission.
Back in Detroit, another brand has an ongoing commitment to the community. Michigan & Trumbull in Corktown creates a special pizza each month and partial proceeds go towards a different nonprofit. This month, enjoy a red sauce square pizza with mozzarella, parmesan, marinated white beans and braised greens and proceeds benefit Alternatives for Girls.
For more information on charitable efforts related to National Detroit-Style Pizza Day, visit detroitstylepizzaday.com.
Read on for our list of some of the best Detroit-style pizzerias in Metro Detroit.
20 worthy Detroit-Style Pizzerias in Metro Detroit
Buddy's Pizza: The oldest Detroit-style pizza brand at 76 years, the original sit-down restaurant is still in operation at Six Mile and Conant in Detroit. Most of the newer Buddy's locations, however, are carryout or quick service. View locations and menus at buddyspizza.com.
Michigan & Trumbull: Of the "new school" of DSP makers, this family run, sit-down restaurant in Corktown is among the most authentic and craveable. There's also a full bar. Closed Monday and Tuesday. 1441 W. Elizabeth, Detroit. (313) 63-PIZZA. michigantrumbullpizza.com.
Grandma Bob's: Another hip Corktown pizzeria with vegan and gluten-free options for their Detroit-style square pies. Grandma Bob's also has boozy cocktails and vegan ice cream. Closed Tuesday and Wednesday. 2135 Michigan, Detroit. (313) 315-3177. grandmabobs.com/food.
Niki's Pizza: A longstanding Greektown hangout, Niki's is open daily for lunch and dinner and keeps going late, even past 2 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Besides sauce-on-top square pizza, they're also known for Greek specialties, Greek salads and flaming saganaki. 735 Beaubien, Detroit. (313) 961-4303. nikisdetroit.com.
Belle Isle Pizza: This Jefferson Avenue pizzeria serves Detroit-style deep dish as well as round pies, with names that are nods to the city's neighborhoods and landmarks. Open daily at 4 p.m. 7869 E. Jefferson, Detroit. (313) 331-1222 or belleislepizza.com.
Pie Sci: This cool Woodbridge pizzeria sells round and square pies, with the latter similar to Detroit-style. The specials are always changing and they do great at catering to those with special dietary needs. Open daily for lunch and dinner. 5163 Trumbull, Detroit. (313) 818-0290. piescipizza.com.
Amar Pizza: Their square deep-dish pizzas are similar to Detroit-style, but what Amar is really known for is great flavors, like their ghost pepper pizza, tandoori pizza and herb- and spice-marinated spinach pizza with feta cheese. Open daily for lunch and dinner. 12195 Jos. Campau, Hamtramck. (313) 366-0980. 3728 Rochester, Troy. (248) 250-6266. amarpizza.com.
Union Assembly: This new restaurant in the heart of downtown Detroit across from Comerica Park has a huge menu that includes six kinds of gourmet Detroit-style pies, including one decked out like a coney dog. Open daily in the afternoon. 2131 Woodward, Detroit. (313) 636-6000. unionassembly.com.
Jet's Pizza: Longstanding carryout chain that was founded in the late 1970s in Sterling Heights, and has grown to around 400 franchise locations in nearly 20 states. jetspizza.com.
PizzaPapalis: Known for years for their Chicago-style pizza, this locally owned brand did their research before coming out with a Detroit-style just a few years ago. For the month of June PizzaPapalis is running a "Detroit vs. Chicago Deal": buy a four-topping or specialty Detroit-style pizza and get a small, two-topping Chicago pizza for $37.99. Find locations in Detroit, Taylor, Southfield, Bloomfield and Toledo. pizzapapalis.com.
Loui's Pizza: The best? Possibly. Loui's is definitely one of the top classic Detroit-style pizzerias. The sit-down family restaurant was founded by French chef Louis Tourtois in 1977 and is still run by members of his family. (Tourtois had previously worked at Buddy's and Shield's before going out on his own.) Right now Loui's is only open for lunch and dinner Friday through Sunday. 23141 Dequindre, Hazel Park. (248) 547-1711.
Shield's Pizza: Another brand that has been making Detroit-style for decades, Shield's has three locations Metro Detroit, but started as a bar not too far from the original Buddy's. There's a sit-down restaurant with bar that does dine-in, carryout, delivery and catering in Detroit, Troy and Southfield. Each has their own website: pizzarestaurantsouthfield.com, pizzarestauranttroy.com, pizzarestaurantdetroit.com.
Como's: A staple in Ferndale since the 1960s, this pizzeria has been given a second life with new ownership that changed just about everything but the name and the retro sign. In addition to expertly crafted Detroit-style pizza, they serve a full menu of Italian-ish cuisine, plus brunch. There are huge, sharable cocktails, too, and the main location in Ferndale has one of the most lively patios in town. Open daily for lunch and dinner. 22812 Woodward, Ferndale. (248) 677-4439. comosrestaurant.com. Also in Bloomfield at the Maple Theatre.
Crispelli's: It's all about the bread at this Italian restaurant group and bakery. Crispelli's serves traditional Italian-style pizza and thick, square Detroit-style. Find restaurants in Berkley, Troy, West Bloomfield Township and Clarkston and a bakery in Royal Oak. crispellis.com.
Green Lantern: Serving pizza since the 1960s, Green Lantern has seven restaurants throughout Oakland and Macomb counties and a new one coming to Troy. Not all of them serve deep-dish square pizza. greenlanternpizza.com.
Palazzo Di Pizza: Fans of crusty, crispy corner slices will enjoy this authentic Detroit-style pizzeria that is carryout only. They have specialty pizzas (chicken pesto, buffalo chicken, eggplant parmesan, etc.) as well as vegan and gluten-free options, plus a big Italian sub. 1222 E. 11 Mile, Royal Oak. (855) 233-7872 or palazzodipizza.com.
Cloverleaf Pizza: After Gus Guerra sold the original Buddy's restaurant in Detroit, he took his Sicilian-style square pizza recipe and started a new legacy at Cloverleaf Bar and Restaurant in Eastpointe (then called East Detroit). His family still runs the restaurant today, and there are many carryout franchised Cloverleaf locations throughout Metro Detroit. The Eastpointe restaurant is closed Mondays. 24443 Gratiot, Eastpointe. (586) 777-5391. cloverleaf-pizza.com.
Square One Pizzeria: A new spot on the east side with square pies and crispy crusts. Open daily for lunch and dinner. 395 N. Groesbeck Hwy., Mount Clemens. (586) 213-1145. square1pizzeria.com.
Detroit Style Pizza Co.: This carryout and delivery spot was founded in 2012 by World Champion Pizza Maker Shawn Randazzo. His crispy crust and sauce-on-top style is a fantastic 21st century version of the Detroit classic. Closed Mondays. 28630 Harper, St. Clair Shores. (586) 445-2810. detroitstylepizza.co.
Johnny Z's: Serving both round and square pizza, Johnny Z's also has specialty pies like dill pickle pizza. Their square is similar to Detroit-style, but the sauce is not on top (it's more like Jet's Pizza). The family-owned pizzeria is gearing up to open a section location in Mount Clemens any day now. 28210 Harper, St. Clair Shores. (586) 498-8800. johnnyzspizza.com.