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Libations at The Lanes

Libations at The Lanes

The Howard is a historic and elegant event space located in the heart of Oshkosh. The building, built in 1927, hosts private and community events. On Thursday and Friday evenings, the basement of the venue opens up to the public for bowling, craft beverages, and...

Stick with Sticky Fingers

Stick with Sticky Fingers

As a baker myself, I make a point to try all the local bakeries. I heard from several people that a new bakery was opening in Kaukauna, and as soon as they posted their menu, I couldn’t wait to try it. Right in the heart of downtown Kaukauna, Sticky Fingers opened in...

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Do Not Attempt to Dodge this Caribbean Taste

Do Not Attempt to Dodge this Caribbean Taste

Tuesday. What is there to do on a Tuesday? Hardly anything, ever, really. Tuesday falls too early in the week and yet is so far removed from the weekend. Sometimes it is just another Monday masquerading as a Tuesday. 313 Dodge might just be what you are looking for....

Wisconsin Staples at Gabe’s Wisconsin Kitchen and Tavern

Wisconsin Staples at Gabe’s Wisconsin Kitchen and Tavern

As I’m getting used to living in Wisconsin, I’m discovering some of the Wisconsin staples when it comes to food and spirits. I knew about Spotted Cow and cheese curds before I moved to Wisconsin, but that was about it. Fortunately, Gabe’s Wisconsin Kitchen and Tavern...

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Bushels of Fun at Bauer’s Apple Shed

Bushels of Fun at Bauer’s Apple Shed

As soon as the leaves begin to change, even ever so slightly, so does my weekly menu. When the shades of green turn to red and orange, my refrigerator, once full of peaches, quickly becomes home to all things apple. Taking a trip to a local apple orchard is my...

Faris Popcorn is Poppin’

Faris Popcorn is Poppin’

When I previously lived in Illinois, I became familiar with the popcorn chain “Garrett Popcorn.” One of my favorites mixes was their Garrett Mix, their world famous cheddar and caramel corn mix. When I moved to Wisconsin, I wasn’t sure if I would find a popcorn...

If you know me at all, you know that I love pizza. Since I hail from the Chicagoland area, deep dish is normally my go-to choice – but here in Appleton, options are a bit limited when looking for a passable Chicago-style deep dish pizza. I’ve searched around the Valley for a taste of home for a couple years now, and so far the closest thing I’ve found to authentic deep dish is Stucs Pizza in Appleton and Neenah. To help you understand my criteria and reasoning behind my thoughts here, let me describe what I’m used to when it comes to deep dish.

A typical Chicago-style deep dish experience starts with all fresh homemade ingredients, a flaky buttery crust that makes you realize what a pizza pie truly is, fresh homemade tomato sauce with chunked tomatoes that contains no hint of that acidic saucy taste. Underneath that (yes, sauce goes on top) is all the fresh cheesy goodness. Finally underneath that is the sausage patty (and yes, one giant patty for the whole pizza) just greasy and tender enough to be delicious. Add in any other toppings you may desire, and you have yourself an authentic Chicago-style deep dish pizza pie. Here’s a photo so you can see exactly what I’m talking about.

Don’t get me wrong, I love the classic flat-style pizza as well, but nothing compares to the ultimate deep dish. Now that you understand where I’m coming from and what I’m searching for, I can share my thoughts about Stuc’s deep dish, and why it’s my favorite around here. In short, most places will treat deep dish like any other pizza but with a thicker crust, but I believe it should be treated like a pie, with layers and height, and that’s exactly what I get when eating Stuc’s deep dish.

Now I’d be comparing apples and oranges if I tried to measure up Stuc’s pizza to that of an authentic deep dish, but Stuc’s does incredibly well within their own style. Starting with that crust, it’s got just the right amount of butteriness to make you not want to skip it. There is plenty of stringy gooey cheese to keep you wanting more, and the sausage has a great flavor with the right amount of spice and texture. Add in the other toppings (in this case, onions, peppers, mushrooms, and pepperoni) and you get great flavor and crunch with every bite, I truly enjoy this deep dish experience!

Also on a side note, it’s not authentic if you don’t need a fork and knife to eat, and this pizza definitely requires it!

If you’ve never experiened deep dish pizza, I would recommend this as a good place to start. This is the best deep dish I’ve found in the Fox Valley, and deep dish beats flat New York-style pizza every time!

If you’re interesting in giving them a try, check out their website here: 

https://stucs.net/

They’re currently offering free delivery through EatStreet!