Whereas cooks and diners could by no means agree on whether or not or not the dish that’s served at Chicago establishments like Lou Malnati’s and Pequod’s is a pizza or a one thing resembling a crusty casserole, one factor’s for sure: the “Chicago pizza” that’s all the trend in Tokyo proper now’s positively not pizza. It’s actually only a tall crust filled with molten cheese, most likely belonging extra to the soup/dip household than the pizza genus. However that hasn’t stopped the consolation meals from successful over diners all through Tokyo and different cities in Japan, all whereas dominating native Instagram feeds.

There are presently greater than 20,000 posts on Instagram with the hashtag #シカゴピザ (“Chicago pizza”), and most of them include photographs of the molten cheese dish that, as Chicago Journal notes, first popped up on menus round three years in the past. Some eating places serve the cheese with greens and meat on the aspect for dipping, like an everyday previous pot of fondue. An institution known as Meat & Cheese Ark is experimenting with pink-crusted cheese bowls, whereas different eating places provide variations of the dish with charcoal-hued rims. This gooey cheese dish was additionally the topic of a latest Tastemade Japan video (see above).

Native meals author Yukari Sakamoto notes, “I feel anybody from Chicago may see in a photograph the distinction between the actual factor and the one made for being photographed, not essentially for consuming for its taste.” However because the gooey iterations of this dish proceed to infiltrate extra menus round Tokyo, followers of conventional deep dish pizza can nonetheless discover it on the menu at DevilCraft, a Chicago-style pizza chain that’s run by three Individuals.
Contemplating the wild recognition of each cheese-stretch meals and Japanese baked items on Instagram, it’s maybe solely a matter of time earlier than this dish finds its solution to America. Keep tuned for extra updates on Japanese-style Chicago deep dish mania as they turn out to be obtainable.
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