WHAT IS DETROIT-STYLE PIZZA? Square or rectangular in shape. The steel pan used provides superior heat conductivity and caramelization on the crust (the mark of the great Detroit-style pizza). Thick crust – light and airy inside, crispy outside. Cheese is spread to the edges of the pan. After the cheese, any additional toppings can be placed on top. Last is the sauce – placed on top and in rows. This is why it’s earned the nicknames “red top pizza” and “upside down pizza.” Placing the sauce on top allows for a fluffier crust. As the pizza bakes the cheese slowly melts down the sides and forms a delicious, caramelized rim of crust.