If you know me at all, you know that I love pizza. Since I hail from the Chicagoland area, deep dish is normally my go-to choice – but here in Appleton, options are a bit limited when looking for a passable Chicago-style deep dish pizza. I’ve searched around the Valley for a taste of home for a couple years now, and so far the closest thing I’ve found to authentic deep dish is Stucs Pizza in Appleton and Neenah. To help you understand my criteria and reasoning behind my thoughts here, let me describe what I’m used to when it comes to deep dish.
A typical Chicago-style deep dish experience starts with all fresh homemade ingredients, a flaky buttery crust that makes you realize what a pizza pie truly is, fresh homemade tomato sauce with chunked tomatoes that contains no hint of that acidic saucy taste. Underneath that (yes, sauce goes on top) is all the fresh cheesy goodness. Finally underneath that is the sausage patty (and yes, one giant patty for the whole pizza) just greasy and tender enough to be delicious. Add in any other toppings you may desire, and you have yourself an authentic Chicago-style deep dish pizza pie. Here’s a photo so you can see exactly what I’m talking about.
Don’t get me wrong, I love the classic flat-style pizza as well, but nothing compares to the ultimate deep dish. Now that you understand where I’m coming from and what I’m searching for, I can share my thoughts about Stuc’s deep dish, and why it’s my favorite around here. In short, most places will treat deep dish like any other pizza but with a thicker crust, but I believe it should be treated like a pie, with layers and height, and that’s exactly what I get when eating Stuc’s deep dish.
Now I’d be comparing apples and oranges if I tried to measure up Stuc’s pizza to that of an authentic deep dish, but Stuc’s does incredibly well within their own style. Starting with that crust, it’s got just the right amount of butteriness to make you not want to skip it. There is plenty of stringy gooey cheese to keep you wanting more, and the sausage has a great flavor with the right amount of spice and texture. Add in the other toppings (in this case, onions, peppers, mushrooms, and pepperoni) and you get great flavor and crunch with every bite, I truly enjoy this deep dish experience!
Also on a side note, it’s not authentic if you don’t need a fork and knife to eat, and this pizza definitely requires it!
If you’ve never experiened deep dish pizza, I would recommend this as a good place to start. This is the best deep dish I’ve found in the Fox Valley, and deep dish beats flat New York-style pizza every time!
If you’re interesting in giving them a try, check out their website here:
They’re currently offering free delivery through EatStreet!