Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Deep Dish Pizza In The White House

Today is inauguration day and one of the most exciting days in world history. It’s also a great day for foodies because the Obamas will hopefully bring their love of food and restaurants to the forefront.

Chicago may be the “city of big shoulders” according to our great poet , Walt Whitman, but it’s also the home of some of the best pizza and ribs in the world. Deep dish pie is a pretty recent invention , first made in 1943 by Ike Sewell for his Pizzeria Uno restaurant. The crust is usually an inch thick and extra flaky. It’s kind of like an American pizza rustica with a variety of fillings. Most traditional are pepperoni and pepper but you can also fulfill that other Chi-town passion and fold in cooked steak strips to it.

Chicagoans love their steaks and other cuts of beef. It makes sense considering Chicago housed many of the country’s slaughterhouses. There are some excellent steak houses throughout the city. Ribs and hamburgers also are big in the Windy City.

What will the Obamas bring to the White House kitchens? Their Chicagoan love of food for one thing along with the different and varied dishes that made up our new president’s childhood.

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