4 Places to Indulge in Original Detroit-Style Pizza

Modified: March 22, 2022


Buddy’s Pizza

All the Detroit-style pizza wisdom began at Buddy’s Pizza, which has been a neighborhood gathering spot for decades. By 1946, Buddy’s originated its Sicilian-style square pizza “” the first of its kind and a Motor City classic. Made with the freshest ingredients and an acute attention to detail, the original square pizza, made-from-scratch soup and celebrated antipasto salad will make you fall in love at first bite.


Shield’s has been part of metro Detroit’s history since 1937. Shortly after opening, they started serving award-winning pizza and salad, including the ever-popular square, deep-dish pizza. Their dough and secret recipe sauce are made fresh daily. Combine the combo with premium meats, fresh veggies and their very own imported cheese for a unique taste that’s second to none!

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Detroit-style pizza: square pizza with a thick deep-dish crust, plenty of cheese and toppings galore. Try pepperoni and green peppers, for starters. On top of all the cheese is a thick layer of signature red sauce.

Luigi’s Original

A staple in the community for 60-plus years, this old-world, Italian-feel restaurant is most famous for its … pizza, of course! Luigi’s Original dough is hand tossed into round crusts and crowned with sesame seeds. Tip: For an extra kick, try the parmesan cheese, garlic button or Cajun seasoning.

Cloverleaf Pizza

Here’s a cool connection: The man behind the first square pizza, served at the original Buddy’s Pizza, opened Cloverleaf in 1953. Gus Guerra’s family-owned pizzeria has always been an area gem. Nobody had ever tasted anything quite like it: thick, perfectly crisped crust, topped with a thick layer of special blend of cheeses; hand-sliced premium meats and vegetables; a generous amount of savory, spiced sauce, all baked to perfection. Quarter the ‘za with a cutter for a satisfying crunch.

Here are a few more spots on our list of recommended pizzerias:

  • Niki’s Pizza in Greektown
  • Detroit Pizza Co.
  • Supino Pizzeria
  • PizzaPapalis of Rivertown
  • Milano Bakery & Café

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Mentioned Attractions And Venues

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    Buddy's Pizza - Detroit
    17125 Conant St., Detroit, MI 48212
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    Supino Pizzeria
    2457 Russell St., Detroit, MI 48207
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    PizzaPapalis of Greektown
    553 Monroe St., Detroit, MI 48226
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    Milano Bakery
    3500 Russell St., Detroit, MI 48207
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    Niki's Pizza
    735 Beaubien St., Detroit, MI 48226
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    50750 Romeo Plank Rd, Macomb, Macomb Township, MI 48044, United States
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    Luigi's Original
    36691 Jefferson Ave, Harrison charter Township, MI 48045, United States
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    Cloverleaf Pizza
    24443 Gratiot Ave, Eastpointe, MI 48021, United States