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Offline politon

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Re: Cal City Style or Quad City Style
« Reply #40 on: August 19, 2018, 06:43:30 PM »
I made my first QC-style pie in February. I added barley malt syrup to my basic dough formulation and adjusted it accordingly. This ball was ~369g and noticeably darker than Harris' dough.


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Re: Cal City Style or Quad City Style
« Reply #41 on: April 28, 2019, 04:27:52 PM »
PMQ traces QC-style back to Cal City (!) in an interesting Jan 2019 article:
http://www.pmq.com/January-2019/Quad-Cities-Style-Pizza-Tinkering-With-Tradition/

Turns out, the guys who made QC pizza first in the late 50s had first worked at John's Pizza in Calumet City, where the style was invented in 1943.

QED  ;D

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Re: Cal City Style or Quad City Style
« Reply #42 on: April 28, 2019, 04:35:15 PM »
PMQ traces QC-style back to Cal City (!) in an interesting Jan 2019 article:
http://www.pmq.com/January-2019/Quad-Cities-Style-Pizza-Tinkering-With-Tradition/

Turns out, the guys who made QC pizza first in the late 50s had first worked at John's Pizza in Calumet City, where the style was invented in 1943.

QED  ;D

Did John's come up with those long strip slices like a lot of QC places have?

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Re: Cal City Style or Quad City Style
« Reply #43 on: April 28, 2019, 05:10:26 PM »
Yes.

Offline ZekeTheCat

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Re: Cal City Style or Quad City Style
« Reply #44 on: April 28, 2019, 07:07:22 PM »
The original John's Pizza  of Cal City is still in the family and still  in business but now just across  the state line in Munster Indiana. Here's their interesting  history :

http://theoriginaljohns.com/history.html

I've had both Johns Pizza and Harris Pizza in the quad cities in the last tear or so.
Harris was OK but I definitely prefer John's - still like the Calumet region/ NW Indiana pizza of my childhood and HS days back in the 50's and 60's. - love  their homemade fennel sausage topping.

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Re: Cal City Style or Quad City Style
« Reply #45 on: April 29, 2019, 02:01:42 AM »
I thought they just used malt (for the extra browning and sweetness) but that mentions molasses, as well...
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Re: Cal City Style or Quad City Style
« Reply #46 on: December 30, 2019, 10:58:39 PM »
I noticed that too, malt and molasses. I put molasses in my formulation and others have used malt. Looks like it's both.

Here's a PMQ Video on making the pizza:

https://www.pmq.com/the-pizza-kitchen-quad-cities-style-pizza/

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Re: Cal City Style or Quad City Style
« Reply #47 on: June 09, 2021, 06:38:45 AM »
This article in Food and Wine confirms that Harris uses a custom molasses and malt blend:
https://www.foodandwine.com/travel/quad-cities-pizza

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Re: Cal City Style or Quad City Style
« Reply #48 on: June 09, 2021, 11:49:16 AM »
Cool. Thanks for linking the article.

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