Detroit Style Pizza Co. launching this summer

World Champion Pizza Maker Shawn Randazzo will launch the new Detroit Style Pizza Co. at two metro Detroit locations this summer.

The new concept will feature free menu item samples for the grand opening celebrations.

Detroit Style Pizza Co. will feature Randazzo's authentic and original Detroit Style Pizza recipe, which was named World's Best Pizza in the American Pan Division at the 2012 International Pizza Challenge held in Las Vegas, where Randazzo also was crowned World Champion Pizza Maker of the Year.

Detroit Style Pizza Co. will serve a variety of unique dishes, including a Chicken Caesar pizza with fresh baby green toppings and pasta with signature sauces and meatballs. Randazzo's recipe was recently featured on "Let's Dine Out," a program hosted by television and radio food critic Allan Borgen.

Randazzo and his mother, Linda Michaels, decided to launch their own restaurant brand after owning and operating Cloverleaf Pizza Carryout and Delivery for 16 years. Detroit Style Pizza Co. will be located in St. Clair Shores, Mich., and in Clinton Township, Mich., both former Cloverleaf locations. Customers can order in person, by phone, or online for local delivery; or by mail order for delivery in the entire continental United States.

"Winning World Champion Pizza Maker was a wake-up call for us. We knew we had something bigger and better, a recipe that was so unique it deserved its own brand," Randazzo said. "We're grateful for the recognition and our incredible customers who have enjoyed our pizza, and we look forward to continuing to serve them as we write a new chapter in Detroit Style Pizza's history."

Sometimes called "red top pizza" or "upside-down pizza" for the way it is made, Randazzo's Detroit Style Pizza starts with a well-seasoned blue steel square pan filled with dough that is soft and airy on the inside and crispy on the outside; then it is lined with pepperoni and an edge-to-edge layer of brick and mozzarella cheeses that caramelize on the crust when baked. The pie is layered with toppings then naturally baked in a deck oven to seal in flavor. Once baked, Randazzo's signature red sauce is ladled on top of the finished pizza.

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