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Buddy’s Pizza Detroit, MI


Buddy’s Pizza in Detroit has been ranked as one of the top pizza places in the country, even Worstpizza included it once in its top ten. During my last visit to Detroit I decided to check out a different Buddy’s Pizza location and see if it still ranked high up there.

Buddy’s Pizza serves what is known as Detroit Style Pizza. You can learn exactly what that means here. But in case you are too lazy to click through I will summarize it by saying it is in between a regular slice and a Sicilian slice. The crust of a Detroit-style pizza is different because in addition to sometimes being baked two times, it is usually cooked in a well-oiled pan to a chewy medium-well-done state that gives the bottom and edges of the crust a crunchy texture.


Tivoli’s Wood Brick Oven Pizzeria Utica MI

Tivoli’s is in Utica, MI, or about 25 minutes outside of Detroit.  The fundamental focus here is high quality pizza, salads, and sandwiches.  Ingredients are fresh and nearly everything is made in house.  I’ve eaten at Tivoli’s twice and both times I was impressed with not 0nly the food, but also the service & the care put into making sure I left happy.

My first visit was for lunch, so I grabbed a couple slices to go.


Buddy’s Rendezvous Pizzeria Detroit, MI

On Monday June 29th we had our 2nd Detroit eatup at Buddy’s Rendezvous Pizzeria. An eatup is an event organized through social media where a group of people gather for food, fun, and conversation. I chose Buddy’s not only for their great pizza, but also for their historical significance. There is something special about a place that has been open for such a long time and is still viewed as one of the best not just in Detroit but around the country as well.

Consistently on top 10 lists across the nation, Buddy’s Pizza is a Detroit institution. Specializing in a Sicilian style deep dish pizza, which has been dubbed “Detroit style” by some pizza aficionados, Buddy’s is definitely a one of kind establishment. Started by Gus Guerra as a “blind pig” in 1936, it wasn’t until 1944 that Gus served his first Sicilian style pizza (Credit to The rest, as they say, is history.

I am by no means a pizza expert – I’ve had pies in Chicago, New York, Florida, and a few other places, but I have not tried many of the quintessential pies across this great country. That said, Buddy’s pizza is excellent. Oddly enough, Buddy’s isn’t the best Detroit has to offer, but we’ll get into that with future reviews. The best part of this pizza is definitely the crust. I love a well cooked crust that has some chew to it and a good bit of char – Buddy’s does this very well.

A corner slice = heaven

The corner piece from a Buddy’s pizza is a treat that may cause wars if there is only one left on the table. Relationships have ended over who gets the last corner slice of a Buddy’s pizza. The combination of crisp bottom plus chewy middle plus the perfect amount of cheese covered in a fresh, tangy sauce is enough to make convert even the most ardent round pizza lover. Add to that the delicious bits at the corner point of the slice where the charred bits of cheese meet the charred dough – a match that could only be made in a well seasoned pan. All of this together makes for one incredible slice of pizza. Buddy’s gets 5 out of 8 slices.