Hot!Quad Cities Style Pizza Pie

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KingT
Hamburger
2011/03/30 21:42:29
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
6star
Filet Mignon
Re:Quad Cities Style Pizza Pie 2011/03/30 22:49:52
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/
justtable
Cheeseburger
Re:Quad Cities Style Pizza Pie 2011/03/30 23:27:49
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?
Ketteract
Double Cheeseburger
Re:Quad Cities Style Pizza Pie 2011/10/10 00:00:48
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
brisketboy
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Quad Cities Style Pizza Pie 2011/10/10 09:58:12
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.
 
Pinkhat
Junior Burger
Re:Quad Cities Style Pizza Pie 2012/02/10 23:29:42
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)
collinf
Cheeseburger
Re:Quad Cities Style Pizza Pie 2012/02/20 17:18:54
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.
Ketteract
Double Cheeseburger
Re:Quad Cities Style Pizza Pie 2012/03/14 21:48:19
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.
leethebard
Sirloin
Re:Quad Cities Style Pizza Pie 2012/03/15 05:12:12
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"
BeaconCove
Junior Burger
Re:Quad Cities Style Pizza Pie 2012/03/21 05:08:05
This is very tasty pizza.
Ketteract
Double Cheeseburger
Re:Quad Cities Style Pizza Pie 2015/04/08 18:08:34
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
 

 
Re:Quad Cities Style Pizza Pie 2015/04/09 08:29:32
Unless the website is outdated, Frank's also has a Bettendorf location.
Ketteract
Double Cheeseburger
Re:Quad Cities Style Pizza Pie 2015/04/09 09:06:24
Thanks for catching that.  Updated!  
Ketteract
Double Cheeseburger
Re:Quad Cities Style Pizza Pie 2015/04/09 09:17:56
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.
 

post edited by Ketteract - 2015/04/09 09:32:47
Re:Quad Cities Style Pizza Pie 2015/04/09 09:57:20
Clearly you need to set up a QC Pizza Tour for your next visit home!
Ketteract
Double Cheeseburger
Re:Quad Cities Style Pizza Pie 2015/04/09 10:38:41
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.
post edited by Ketteract - 2015/04/09 10:48:43
leethebard
Sirloin
Re:Quad Cities Style Pizza Pie 2015/04/09 12:54:39
That Yankee Doodle pizza looks strangely similar in looks to a(ugh) Domino pie!
Ketteract
Double Cheeseburger
Re:Quad Cities Style Pizza Pie 2015/04/09 13:08:46
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.  
Ketteract
Double Cheeseburger
Re: Quad Cities Style Pizza Pie 2015/04/09 14:21:12
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.
 

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

collinf
Cheeseburger
Re: Quad Cities Style Pizza Pie 2015/04/16 11:23:10
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?
ann peeples
Sirloin
Re: Quad Cities Style Pizza Pie 2015/04/16 11:53:34
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.....
ann peeples
Sirloin
Re: Quad Cities Style Pizza Pie 2015/04/16 11:55:37
And-I had the worst food from Marco's, ever....but that's a chain-so my bad.
leethebard
Sirloin
Re: Quad Cities Style Pizza Pie 2015/04/16 14:22:04
It still looks like chain pizza(or costco),...I agree cut differently(not convenient slices)
Ketteract
Double Cheeseburger
Re: Quad Cities Style Pizza Pie 2015/04/16 17:04:25
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
ann peeples
Sirloin
Re: Quad Cities Style Pizza Pie 2015/04/16 18:59:38
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...
Ketteract
Double Cheeseburger
Re: Quad Cities Style Pizza Pie 2015/04/17 11:57:24
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.
WarToad
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re: Quad Cities Style Pizza Pie 2015/04/17 12:26:05
ann peeples
... 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.
Ketteract
Double Cheeseburger
Re: Quad Cities Style Pizza Pie 2015/04/18 06:42:57
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.
Cyberhog9
Junior Burger
Re: Quad Cities Style Pizza Pie 2015/07/19 17:06:20
Hi all! Long time lurker first time poster.I live just north of the Quad Cities and try all these pizza places quite often.A few points I'd like to make.
Alas and I'm really sorry to say this but Frank's Pizza has really gone down in quality.The wife and I went to the Silvis location in May and while the pizza was okay the service was terrible.And I have been going to that Frank's since the very early 80's.The Bettendorf Iowa Frank's has closed.
The wife and I tried Sports Fans pizza about a month ago and it was worst QC style pizza I have ever had.
 
The are few newer QC style places that have opened recently.Bad Boys on Utica Ridge Rd.
Fat Boys on Washington st off of Locust.
 
I've been meaning to get over to Rock Island and try Alfano's but can never seem to get there.Heard great things about their pizza.
 
Okay.Here is my got to list in no particular order.
Wise Guys-Davenport
Harris-Bettendorf
Pizza Shack (it's on NW BLVD by the Machine Shed restaurant in Davenport)
Clints-Moline
Uncle Bills-Two locations in Davenport
Poor Boys-Rock Island
Bad Boys-Davenport
Pizza and Subs-Rock Island
Fields Of Pizza-Two Moline locations
 
Haven't been to Sluggers or Huckleberry's in a long time.Not sure if the Pizza Joynt in Milan is still open either..Have never had Stashu's either but it's our next pizza outting.Another place is Vann's on Harrison St,haven't been there either.
We do get Happy Joe's every now and again for a change up.Can you tell I'm a pizza junky? lol.
 
Here's a few pics from our recent Franks visit.


 
 
 
 
Any questions feel free to ask.We love our QC style pizza!
 
Scott
post edited by Cyberhog9 - 2015/07/19 17:20:01
Ketteract
Double Cheeseburger
Re: Quad Cities Style Pizza Pie 2015/07/19 17:22:33
Cyberhog9
Alas and I'm really sorry to say this but Frank's Pizza has really gone down in quality.The wife and I went to the Silvis location in May and while the pizza was okay the service was terrible.And I have been going to that Frank's since the very early 80's.The Bettendorf Iowa Frank's has closed.

 
Damn shame to hear that about Frank's - especially about the Bettendorf location closing - though I still feel obligated to try them since I grew up in the QC and didn't go there even once.
 
Cyberhog9
The are few newer QC style places that have opened recently.Bad Boys on Utica Ridge Rd.
Fat Boys on Washington st off of Locust.

 
No way Fat Boy's is new - my dad was going there since at least the '70s! I'm sure Bad Boyz is new by comparison, though, since it's on Utica Ridge.

Cyberhog9
Okay.Here is my got to list in no particular order.
Wise Guys-Davenport
Harris-Bettendorf
Pizza Shack (it's on NW BLVD by the Machine Shed restaurant in Davenport)
Clints-Moline
Uncle Bills-Two locations in Davenport
Poor Boys-Rock Island
Bad Boys-Davenport
Pizza and Subs-Rock Island

 
Harris was always a reliable fixture.  Clint's looks good based on the single photo of it that I found online.  We had an Uncle Bill's across the street from West High School in Davenport - though I never got around to going there.  
 
Pizza Shack looks legit, judging by the photos on their Facebook page. 
 


Cyberhog9
Not sure if the Pizza Joynt in Milan is still open either..Have never had Stashu's either but it's our next pizza outting.Another place is Vann's on Harrison St,haven't been there either.

 
Pizza Joynt's latest Yelp review is last August, so I'm optimistic.
 
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post edited by Ketteract - 2015/07/19 17:24:48
Cyberhog9
Junior Burger
Re: Quad Cities Style Pizza Pie 2015/07/19 17:36:46
Yeah.I should have said Fat Boys isn't new,but had a momentary lapse.I haven't their pizza in probably 4 or 5 years.
 
To be honest Frank's Pizza was ok.But our server decided bs'ing with other customers really soured me.And we were there in the middle of the week and she wasn't busy at all and I'm the least demanding customer too.Used to be lines of people waiting to get into Frank's.
 
 
Ketteract
Double Cheeseburger
Re: Quad Cities Style Pizza Pie 2015/07/20 09:42:56
It's amazing to me how many QC-style places there always were that I didn't know about as a kid - and how many more there are today.  I'm glad to see that newer restaurants have chosen to duplicate the style and help make it a (slightly) bigger thing.  I have no illusions that it'll ever be nationally-known like New York or Chicago-style, but a tiny irrational part of me sort of likes that. 
ChiTownDiner
Filet Mignon
Re: Quad Cities Style Pizza Pie 2015/07/20 09:49:37
Going to try Fat Boys pizza in late August.  The Yelp page lists credit cards accepted but has no hours. 
Re:Quad Cities Style Pizza Pie 2015/08/02 23:22:47
Ketteract
1. Happy Joe's is a wonderful regional pizza, but it's not QC-style.

Yesterday I spotted a Happy Joe's in Medford, WI, which makes me wonder about the size of the region.