National Deep Dish Pizza Day

National Deep Dish Pizza Day is observed next on Saturday, April 5th, 2025 (319 days from today).

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April 5th every year is National Deep Dish Pizza Day in order to recognize the Chicago style pizza that is three inches taller than the regular Pizza. Therefore, National Deep Dish Pizza Day is considered as a perfect holiday for all the pizza lovers around the country to enjoy the taste of Deep Dish Pizza.

History of National Deep Dish Pizza Day

It might be a good idea to start talking about pizzeria by taking a moment to acknowledge the founder of Pizzeria Uno, Ike Sewell, who this day would not exist. In fact, without him, the pizzeria would not exist and it would be a very sad world.

Sewell is credited with creating the spectacular deep-fried pizza in 1943 in Chicago, Illinois, USA. This delicious pizza, also known as the Chicago style pizza, features a wonderful buttery crust that can grow up to 3 inches along the edges, paired with a generous amount of delicious sauce, topping and delicious cheese.

When the pizzeria concept started in Chicago, it was only a short time before it became the city's trademark and in doing so, it became the complete opposite of its rival: thin crust pizza from New York.

Interesting truths about Pizza

20% of Americans believe pizza should be eaten with their hands, not with a fork. (Though, with deep base pizza, this can end up with more mess than usual!)

Only 2% of Americans said they had heatedly debated which was better: New York-style (thin pancakes) or Chicago-style (deep dishes). And at least 16% of Americans love pizza and do any way to get it.

Reasons for National Deep Dish Pizza Day being loved

  • It gives you much better

While it's rare to have a bad slice of pizza, we all have that thought - “This is good but I wish it had more [insert filling here]." Well, a deep base pizza has more sauce, more cheese, more veggies, and more meat. In addition, the traditional deep dish crust has more buttery than a normal pizza crust. Face it, you're not counting calories anyway.

  • There is an art to assembling it

It's not as simple as just having more overlays, there's also some serious anatomy at play. You have to make sure that all the ingredients cook at the same speed and are done before the crust burns. How? It's all about class. You put the cheese on the bottom so the cheese doesn't burn. Then there are the add-ons, usually meat. Topping with a tomato sauce layer. Correct. Yummy?

  • That's the weak

Some people say that the deep pizza is not the right pizza. They assume that any pizza you have to use a fork and knife to make doesn't count. Therefore, we're happy to eat what others consider a "fake" pizza. It's just deeper food for us.

Celebrating National Deep Dish Pizza Day

It doesn't take much convincing to get most people excited with a deep Pizza Day celebration! Consider these creative ideas to enjoy the day with family, friends, and co-workers:

Grab a delicious Pizza

A great way to celebrate this day is to invite your friends or family to a favorite pizza restaurant to enjoy a great piece of cheese together (or more). However, please remember that it is not similar to a thin slice of New York pizza only about 10 minutes to bake, deep-crust pizza is a lesson in patience. You can even pre-order because these pizzas are so thick that it can take up to an hour to bake in the oven!

Most restaurants are willing to offer appetizers such as baguettes, Buffalo wings or garlic butter sandwiches to keep hungry diners happy, as well as soft drinks or beer. Just make sure not to overfill before the pizza arrives.

Find restaurants with deep discounts for Pizza

Many pizzerias will be in a festive mood on this exciting day! Sometimes they will give offer by coupons or discounts for their customers.

For example, some popular restaurants only serve deep-dish pizza with a deal of the day, whether you come to eat at restaurant or order online:

  • Pizzeria Uno. The restaurant started in Chicago as well as Colorado, New York, Michigan, Maine, Vermont, Florida, Pennsylvania and many other states. Plus, Saudia Arabia and India! This chain of restaurants is famous for giving offer month-long discounts in the past, so you should try it out.
  • By Giordano. Started in 1974, the chain boasts more than 60 restaurants, mainly in Illinois but also in Arizona, Florida, Colorado, Ohio, and even Nevada. This chain has been known to have discounted $5 in the past.
  • Lou Malnati's American Restaurant. It began to serve Chicago deep dish pizza since 1971 with 57 brands throughout the Midwestern United States (Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin) as well as Arizona.

Gino's East. Started in Chicago, Gino's east has grown since its founding in 1966 and now has locations in California, Texas, Wisconsin, Tennessee and Michigan.

Try making deep dish Pizza at home

Don't worry if you can't get the correct deep-crust pizza - pan-style pizza, thick crust pizza or any kind of delicious pizza will do. It will be better to spend this day on finally creating the perfect pizza you want and invite others to come to share and enjoy together!

How to make Deep Pizza

Baked in a metal, round, oiled pan (i.e. deep plate), the wheat dough is not only placed at the bottom of the pan, but pressed on the sides. Then, the pie is covered with cheese (yes, it comes first!), followed by meat and vegetables (such as pepperoni, sausage, peppers, spinach, etc.), and then a thick layer of uncooked ketchup.

The order of the filling is important because it keeps the cheese from burning because of the long cooking time - maybe about 45 minutes! But the patience is worth it in the end.


National Deep Dish Pizza Day has been observed annually on April 5th.


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