Cheese Fondue-Like ‘Chicago Pizzas’ are Taking Over Japan

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Diners in Japan are going crazy over mouth-watering “Chicago pizzas” deeper than a bowl of soup and understandably worthy for an Instagram post.

The “pizza,” which comes with a deep crust filled with molten cheese, is more akin to fondue and typically served with sausages and vegetables on the side.


The trend goes by the hashtag #シカゴピザ (“Chicago pizza”) on Instagram with 23,000 posts and counting.

According to Chicago Magazine, the fondue-like “pizza” may have appeared on the menus about three years ago but only blew up in the last six months for its delectable appearance.

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Restaurants have been serving their own versions of the dish. One establishment called Meat & Cheese Ark prepares it in pink crust, while another called Untitled mixes the dough with charcoal for a black crust.


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Others opt for natural colors and instead pay attention to shape, such as steakhouse God Tender that serves the “pizza” a la bread bowl.


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While the new “Chicago pizzas” make good Instagram posts, those looking for the traditional deep-dish version can find it on DevilCraft, a Chicago-style pizza chain run by three Americans since 2013.

Metropolis, Japan’s “No. 1 English magazine,” branded it as “the go-to place for Chicago-style deep dish pizza in Tokyo” in 2017.

The “Devil Works,” the best-selling Chicago-style pizza at DevilCraft. Image via Instagram / devilcraft_kanda

“I think anyone from Chicago could see in a photo the difference between the real thing and the one made for being photographed, not necessarily for eating for its flavor,” local food writer Yukari Sakamoto said, according to Eater. “Chicago pizza is just one of many Insta-bae (Instagram-worthy) food trends.”

See more snaps of the food craze below:

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