Have you ever wondered about the history of pizza?
Chicago style or New York??? We’ll start with Chicago style.
Chicago-style pizza is typically a deep-dish variety baked in a specialized, round pan that looks much like one used for baking a cake, about 1 1/2 inches deep. The pan gives the pizza its high edge and a deep surface for large amounts of cheese and chunky tomato sauce.
It just so happens that today is NATIONAL DEEP DISH PIZZA DAY! That’s not something I can indulge in much anymore because there are just a ton of carbohydrates in the crust, but if I was able to eat it I definitely would. I’d choose the Chicago-style too, for sure!
Now for the New York style.
New York-style pizza is a larger, hand-tossed, thin-crust pie. It’s usually sold in wide slices to go. There is not as much tomato sauce and has a more crisp crust along the edge, yet it is soft and pliable.
Since I have to be careful to count carbs, I go for the thin crust pizzas. The first slice of pizza I ever ate was from Godfather’s Pizza back in the early 1970’s with some friends from a church group. It was a Chicago-style deep dish pizza and it was amazing!
The longer I deal with Diabetes, the more balance I seek between food and exercise. I have to work off what I eat or those carbs will play havoc with my health. Once in a blue moon I have something that is usually off-limits… say – a slice of deep dish pizza. Instead of spending time beating myself up over it, I use that time to exercise and burn some of it off.
As long as I live there will be food temptations all around me. I have to choose my “cheats” wisely. I can’t just fall off the wagon every day, but I’m not going to live as though deep dish pizza does not exist either.
I’m so much more particular about the food I eat than I used to be – because I have to be picky. When I get one slice of deep dish pizza, it had better be perfect. I don’t like the crust too brown. I don’t like pepperoni but I will eat Canadian Bacon. The sauce needs to be a bit tangy – not too sweet, and the cheese needs to be evenly distributed with some on my piece. I only get one slice – so it had better be just the way I like it. 😉