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2011/03/30 21:42:29 (permalink)

Quad Cities Style Pizza Pie

What are your favorite spots for Quad Cities style pizza? As a born and raised Chicagoan (who lives for tavern thin not deep dish) I thought the Quad Cities style pizza pie from Frank's Pizzeria in Silvis, IL was excellent. The loose sausage was very flavorful and the crust was quite good. I stopped in at start of Fall last year and will be back along the Mississippi this summer and am wondering if theres better. I have not had a taco pizza 9said to come from this area) but am tempted tp try one if you got a spot that makes the best by far.


Large sausage from Frank's Pizzeria


Pieces of Frank's pizza, I like the middle ones (more meat)


Quad Cities style pizza
More on Franks HERE.
 
Frank's Pizzeria
711 1st Ave
Silvis, IL 61282-1042
(309) 755-0625
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    Re:Quad Cities Style Pizza Pie 2011/03/30 22:49:52 (permalink)
    Happy Joe's Pizza & Ice Cream have 11 outlets in the greater Quad Cities area.  (They are a local chain centered around the Quad Cities.)  They have 4 Mexican Pizzas including a Taco Joe and a Taco Supreme, as well as 8 Specialty Pizzas including the BBQ Joe, BLT, Hawaiian and the Happy Joe Special, which is Canadian Bacon and sauerkraut, one of my favorites.)  I have eaten at three of their places, two in the Quad Cities area, and would recommend them to anyone (except New Haven pizza fans).
    http://www.happyjoes.com/
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    Re:Quad Cities Style Pizza Pie 2011/03/30 23:27:49 (permalink)
    Interesting post and pictures. As soon as I saw this frank's pie it looks identacle to a place called County Line Pizza....in Juno Beach, Florida. They have the most amazing house made loose sausage just like the one pictured. I wonder if the people who own county line are from this area?
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    Re:Quad Cities Style Pizza Pie 2011/10/10 00:00:48 (permalink)
    Happy Joe's is absolutely fantastic, but I think it's really its own style of pizza. 
     
    Actual "Quad-Cities" style - the oblong slices, thin sauce, finely-ground sausage, toppings under the cheese - I'd say doesn't get more definitive than good old Harris Pizza.  As I remember, there's two in Davenport, one in Bettendorf, and one in Rock Island.
     
    I also seem to recall a "Fat Boy's Pizza" on Washington Street in Davenport that made a pretty good pie, but I think I last had them when I was in junior high school and my memory can't be trusted.  Not sure if they're even still there.
    post edited by Ketteract - 2011/10/10 00:03:09
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    Re:Quad Cities Style Pizza Pie 2011/10/10 09:58:12 (permalink)
    Having grown up on the north side of Chicago (Montrose & Kedzie) I am a huge fan of thin crust pizza. I do not get the deep dish craze. It was never around while I was growing up (40 years ago) But I do remember Angelo's on Montrose aand Albany Ave. and he would cut the pizza into oblong slices. Ahh them were the days. Can't get a decent pizza here in Austin.
     
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    Re:Quad Cities Style Pizza Pie 2012/02/10 23:29:42 (permalink)
    I'm from Bettendorf and for the most traditional and best it's either Harris Pizza (in Davenport and Rock Island) or Sports Fans (in Bettendorf)
    This style started at a place called Chefs Hat and got copied as it grew in popularity.
    So there you go...more information than you actually needed. (/grin)
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    Re:Quad Cities Style Pizza Pie 2012/02/20 17:18:54 (permalink)
    I am also a long-time Happy Joe's fan.  At one time, they had over twice as many locations as they do now.  There were several in the Kansas City area when we first moved here in the late 70's.  It's really not a unique style.  I call it Midwestern style or Chicago thin style.  It is really a bit of knock off of places like Shakey's Pizza (the founder of HJ's was a former Shakey's franchisee) or Round Table Pizza found out in California.  Thin crunchy crust, cheese and tangy sauce right to the edge, good toppings.  They typically do the pie-cut, but I grew up in Illinois and Wisconsin so I am quite familiar with the Midwestern square- or party-cut, too.
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    Re:Quad Cities Style Pizza Pie 2012/03/14 21:48:19 (permalink)
    Pinkhat

    I'm from Bettendorf and for the most traditional and best it's either Harris Pizza (in Davenport and Rock Island) or Sports Fans (in Bettendorf)
    This style started at a place called Chefs Hat and got copied as it grew in popularity.
    So there you go...more information than you actually needed. (/grin)

    Whoa, Chef's Hat as in the Chef's Hat at Five Points?  Is that even still there? I remember driving by it a lot.
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    Re:Quad Cities Style Pizza Pie 2012/03/15 05:12:12 (permalink)
    Pizza simply means "pie" in Italian...so it drives ne crazy when people say "pizza" pie"...that's "pie pie............say simply pizza in america...in Italy it's pizza pomedoro"
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    Re:Quad Cities Style Pizza Pie 2012/03/21 05:08:05 (permalink)
    This is very tasty pizza.
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    Re:Quad Cities Style Pizza Pie 2015/04/08 18:08:34 (permalink)
    collinf
    I am also a long-time Happy Joe's fan.  At one time, they had over twice as many locations as they do now.  There were several in the Kansas City area when we first moved here in the late 70's.  It's really not a unique style.  I call it Midwestern style or Chicago thin style.  It is really a bit of knock off of places like Shakey's Pizza (the founder of HJ's was a former Shakey's franchisee) or Round Table Pizza found out in California.  Thin crunchy crust, cheese and tangy sauce right to the edge, good toppings.  They typically do the pie-cut, but I grew up in Illinois and Wisconsin so I am quite familiar with the Midwestern square- or party-cut, too.


    1. Happy Joe's is a wonderful regional pizza, but it's not QC-style.
    2. QC-style is absolutely distinct, and nothing at all like Chicago-style thin crust. Different crust, sauce, cheese, topping style, everything.
    3. Tavern/party-cut isn't the same as strip-cut (see earlier pics in this thread).
     
    Anyway, I've taken it upon myself to update the Wikipedia article based on input from friends back home - there are many old places that I wasn't aware of back in the day!  It looks like I have a list to work through for when I'm visiting!
     
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quad_City-style_pizza
     

     
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    Re:Quad Cities Style Pizza Pie 2015/04/09 08:29:32 (permalink)
    Unless the website is outdated, Frank's also has a Bettendorf location.
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    Re:Quad Cities Style Pizza Pie 2015/04/09 09:06:24 (permalink)
    Thanks for catching that.  Updated!  
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    Re:Quad Cities Style Pizza Pie 2015/04/09 09:17:56 (permalink)
    Incidentally, here are some of the pics I've found around the Web, to verify that these places are, in fact, QC-style.
     
    Clint's Pizza. 
     

     
    Poor Boy's Pizza and Pub.
     

     
    Stashu & Son's - not strip-cut, as you can see, but every other element of the style is there!
     

     
    Ditto for Huckleberry's.
     

     
    The Yankee Doodle (formerly Schultzie's).  Their cheese looks different.
     

     
    Wise Guys.
     

     
    Uncle Bill's.
     

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    Re:Quad Cities Style Pizza Pie 2015/04/09 09:57:20 (permalink)
    Clearly you need to set up a QC Pizza Tour for your next visit home!
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    Re:Quad Cities Style Pizza Pie 2015/04/09 10:38:41 (permalink)
    It's funny how poorly informed I used to be about my own hometown's pizza - but then, when you're a kid, you tend to only know of the places that your parents know.  I have a lot of catch-up to do.
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    Re:Quad Cities Style Pizza Pie 2015/04/09 12:54:39 (permalink)
    That Yankee Doodle pizza looks strangely similar in looks to a(ugh) Domino pie!
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    Re:Quad Cities Style Pizza Pie 2015/04/09 13:08:46 (permalink)
    I have more faith in it than that - they used to be Schultzie's, which is, apparently, a longtime institution.  I grew up on the other side of the river, though.  
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    Re: Quad Cities Style Pizza Pie 2015/04/09 14:21:12 (permalink)
    Forgot this one from Fields of Pizza.
     
    The article is now up to 14 places in the QC area that serve this kind of pizza, 2 of which have multiple locations... more than enough, I'd say, to establish it as a style.
     

     
     
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    Re: Quad Cities Style Pizza Pie 2015/04/12 05:28:00 (permalink)
    We had A Quad Cities style place here called Pizza Pit. Unfortunately it just closed. Sad -It was GOOD Pizza!
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    Re: Quad Cities Style Pizza Pie 2015/04/12 07:19:38 (permalink)
    They seemed to get the elements of the style right.  Sad but not surprising that it closed down, I guess.  
     

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    Re: Quad Cities Style Pizza Pie 2015/04/16 11:23:10 (permalink)
    The QC pizza appears to be a hybrid of more Eastern US styles (upstate New York?) and Midwestern/Mideastern (Papa John's, Marco's), but the distinction I notice for this style is the toppings are always crumbled bits as opposed to bigger chunks.  Does that seem right to you, Ketteract?
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    Re: Quad Cities Style Pizza Pie 2015/04/16 11:53:34 (permalink)
    I may be dumb, but I just don't get what makes these pizza's different? They are cut differently-okay. Thicker crust, okay. Crumbled sausage-yuck, unless it is a good quality. I am not understanding.....
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    Re: Quad Cities Style Pizza Pie 2015/04/16 11:55:37 (permalink)
    And-I had the worst food from Marco's, ever....but that's a chain-so my bad.
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    Re: Quad Cities Style Pizza Pie 2015/04/16 14:22:04 (permalink)
    It still looks like chain pizza(or costco),...I agree cut differently(not convenient slices)
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    Re: Quad Cities Style Pizza Pie 2015/04/16 17:04:25 (permalink)
    collinf
    The QC pizza appears to be a hybrid of more Eastern US styles (upstate New York?) and Midwestern/Mideastern (Papa John's, Marco's), but the distinction I notice for this style is the toppings are always crumbled bits as opposed to bigger chunks. Does that seem right to you, Ketteract?

     
    Papa John's is an international chain that started in Kentucky, so I'm not sure how it's "Midwest" at all - seems to me that it's a region-agnostic pizza, like Domino's, Pizza Hut, or other huge chains. Marco's I've never had.
     
    Finely-ground/diced/etc sausage is definitely a key characteristic of QC-style. Some places extend this to Canadian bacon and other toppings too, but sausage is the big one. When you grind it so finely and spread it all around, it literally blankets the pizza, melding with the sauce and cheese. It's loaded with fennel, it's amazing, and I dare any skeptic to try it and not love it.  Sauerkraut is also a common topping (lots of German heritage in the area), but it's probably not as popular with younger customers.
     
    ann peeples
    I may be dumb, but I just don't get what makes these pizza's different? They are cut differently-okay. Thicker crust, okay. Crumbled sausage-yuck, unless it is a good quality. I am not understanding.....

     
    I know pictures only say so much, so here's a breakdown:
     
    - Lots of malt in the dough, which gives the crust a sweet, nutlike flavor.
    - A very thin layer of smooth, tangy, spicy tomato sauce.
    - A very thick layer of mozzarella, whole or part-skim. 
    - The aforementioned sausage. Lots of fennel and pepper. I really can't say enough about it.
    - Toppings under the cheese.
    - Strip-cut.
     
    leethebard
    It still looks like chain pizza(or costco),...I agree cut differently(not convenient slices)


    This (Fat Boy's) ...
     

     

     
    ... ain't anything like this (Costco):
     

     
    QC-style came to Chicago a while back, and Serious Eats tried the place out, giving a good rundown of the elements:
     
    http://chicago.seriouseats.com/2011/11/chicago-roots-homemade-pizza-does-the-quad-cities-proud.html
     
    I can describe, and link, and post pics until I'm blue in the face, but really the only thing that'll convince a skeptic is for them to come to the QC and try Harris/Franks/etc. At that point, the reality of QC-style is as clear as can be, and I guarantee you'll be a fan!
    post edited by Ketteract - 2015/04/16 17:08:49
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    Re: Quad Cities Style Pizza Pie 2015/04/16 18:59:38 (permalink)
    I am no skeptic-I just wondered. The best sausage in Milwaukee has lots of fennel. And that's how I like it. Sounds wonderful-I don't like a ton of sauce, I like toppings under lots of cheese. Just don't care how its cut...
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    Re: Quad Cities Style Pizza Pie 2015/04/17 11:57:24 (permalink)
    A few of the places, like Stashu & Son's or Wise Guys, do a traditional cut while keeping the rest of the style in place.  I'd direct someone to S&S if the strip-cut was a deal-breaker for them.
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    Re: Quad Cities Style Pizza Pie 2015/04/17 12:26:05 (permalink)
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    ... The best sausage in Milwaukee has lots of fennel. And that's how I like it. ... 



    I think that's a very Mid-West thing.  Nearly every non-chain Mid-West pizza I've had has a healthy dose of fennel in it.  Leave the bread basket states though and the fennel level bottoms out.
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    Re: Quad Cities Style Pizza Pie 2015/04/18 06:42:57 (permalink)
    Found another one - Sports Fans Pizza in Bettendorf!
     

     
    That sausage is making me drool.  Notably, some places bake their cheese to the point of browning and some don't.  I can go either way.
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