The preparation of Sicilian pizza varies in different parts of the world, but the formation and shape of the crust are constants. Sicilian pies are square with a thick bread layer that is often likened to a focaccia.
Like focaccia bread, the crust has sizable air bubbles and a bit of a chew that aligns perfectly with the texture of melted cheese. Cheese, of course, is what you’ll usually get on a standard “plain slice” in the United States, but some Italian versions are light on cheese and sometimes cheeseless altogether with a greater focus on the tomato sauce.
However, unlike focaccia bread, the layer of the dough that is in contact with the pan crisps up, giving it just the right amount of crispiness.
Is Sicilian pizza the same thing as deep dish pizza?
While the Sicilian pizza has undoubtedly influenced other pizza styles, including deep dish, the two have very little in common. Both pies boast a thicker crust and are pan-baked, but that’s pretty much where the similarities end. For a detailed look at deep dish pizza – which we also have lots of love for – be sure to check out our rundown of this beloved Chicagoland creation.
The same goes for Sicilian pizza and Detroit-style pizza, though you could be forgiven for conflating the two if viewing a pie from about ten feet away. The influence of the Sicilian pie is evident in the shape and preparation of the Motor City’s ‘za, but you’ll never find brick cheese on a Sicilian pie.
Where can I get a slice of Sicilian pizza in the U.S.?
Sicilian pizza is especially popular in the Northeast, but you can find a square almost anywhere by searching on Slice.