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Title: Indiana pizza history
Post by: HoosierKettle on December 09, 2017, 05:40:29 AM
Everyone has had and heard of New York style and Chicago style pizza but not many know about Indiana style pizza. I was just out to eat with friends at a indiana pizza restaurant called Greeks. I was surprised to learn that all of the other Indiana natives at the table did not know which pizza places where founded and primarily remain in Indiana.   

In my opinion, the finest example of Indiana style pizza is Pizza king. Pizza King was founded in 1956 in Lafayette, in. It was followed by Arnieís in 1965 also in Lafayette, in. Both pizza king and Arnieís are a thin crust pizza with edge to edge toppings. Normally square cut slices with finely chopped pepperoni and/or sausage.

These were followed by Greeks pizzeria in 1969 in Valparaiso, in. Greeks is more of a hand tossed and is good but I feel  both pizza king and Arnieís better exemplify Indiana pizza.

This will be the focus of my next pizzas I make.

So there you go. If you find yourself driving through Indiana, try to find a pizza king and try it out.  They are normally easier to find in Indianapolis and in all of the small and big towns north of Indianapolis.

Edit:  this is a picture of a pizza king pizza for reference. I did not make it.

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Title: Re: Indiana pizza history
Post by: LiquidOcelot on December 09, 2017, 08:47:39 AM
now that's a pizza
Title: Re: Indiana pizza history
Post by: RumBar on December 09, 2017, 09:14:22 AM
Pizza King is head and shoulders above all other chains.


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Title: Re: Indiana pizza history
Post by: Bubblehead on December 09, 2017, 09:16:32 AM
Fine looking pie!

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Title: Re: Indiana pizza history
Post by: HoosierKettle on December 09, 2017, 09:24:35 AM
That is a stock photo of a pizza king pizza for reference. I did not make it.


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Title: Re: Indiana pizza history
Post by: Old Dave on December 09, 2017, 03:54:50 PM
We had a very early Pizza King (1958-1959) in Plainfield, Indiana and was a popular place when I was in high school many years ago. I believe it was the first chain pizza place in my area although there were some other joints on the West side of Indy at the time that were private and not part of a chain. Brings back some old memories...
Title: Re: Indiana pizza history
Post by: HoosierKettle on December 09, 2017, 05:56:17 PM

We had a very early Pizza King (1958-1959) in Plainfield, Indiana and was a popular place when I was in high school many years ago. I believe it was the first chain pizza place in my area although there were some other joints on the West side of Indy at the time that were private and not part of a chain. Brings back some old memories...

Do you still live in Indiana?  Youíve got some really cool stuff on your blog.


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Title: Re: Indiana pizza history
Post by: Old Dave on December 09, 2017, 09:30:52 PM


Do you still live in Indiana?  Youíve got some really cool stuff on your blog.

Yes, I still do live in Indiana near the small town of Coatesville which is about 30 miles West of Indy. And thanks for the comments on my blog as they are appreciated.

Dave



Title: Re: Indiana pizza history
Post by: Davescprktl on December 10, 2017, 04:32:21 AM
Small world.  I lived in Lafayette when I was a kid and my brother still lives in Valpo.
Title: Re: Indiana pizza history
Post by: Brain_STL on December 10, 2017, 01:05:32 PM
I grew up in Floyds Knobs, In and Pizza King was a huge part of my memories. I remember when my 8th grade school year ended a few of my buddies and I would ride our bikes to a strawberry patch at 6am and pick them till noon and get paid by the gallon. When we finished we would ride our bikes, with our days earnings in hand, to Gibsonís market and by baseball cards then go across the street to Pizza King and order a pizza for lunch. Man, were those some great times!!!


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Title: Re: Indiana pizza history
Post by: AnyThingGrilled on December 10, 2017, 01:17:31 PM
Meet you at Arnieís!


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Title: Indiana pizza history
Post by: HoosierKettle on December 10, 2017, 01:45:41 PM
I grew up in Floyds Knobs, In and Pizza King was a huge part of my memories. I remember when my 8th grade school year ended a few of my buddies and I would ride our bikes to a strawberry patch at 6am and pick them till noon and get paid by the gallon. When we finished we would ride our bikes, with our days earnings in hand, to Gibsonís market and by baseball cards then go across the street to Pizza King and order a pizza for lunch. Man, were those some great times!!!


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Very cool memory. I didnít realize pizza king were down that way as well. I just tried googling all of their locations which is harder than it sounds. Some of the maps showed some in Kentucky as well. Give a shout out if your in southern Indiana and Kentucky or elsewhere and let us know where they are all at.

Did your pizza king have arcade games?

We stop at the greensburg pizza king every year when we cut our Christmas tree down in new point. They have a small arcade room that myself and the kids play games at while waiting. They have pole position!  My kids are 21 and 18 but still amuse me by playing them with me.


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Title: Re: Indiana pizza history
Post by: JEBIV on December 12, 2017, 03:05:46 AM
Some cool history on Indiana pizza
Title: Re: Indiana pizza history
Post by: wtsnxj on December 12, 2017, 05:35:10 PM
There is at least one in evansville, In.  They make a damn fine stromboli also!!

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Title: Re: Indiana pizza history
Post by: blksabbath on December 14, 2017, 03:17:29 AM
I just asked my Hoosier wife about it.  ďI think They had one in Winchester where my parents were from.  There was a bbq pizza they liked.Ē


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Title: Re: Indiana pizza history
Post by: jeffrackmo on December 15, 2017, 11:00:28 AM
@blksabbath Almost looks like IMO's (The square beyond compare)... agree???  Edge to edge sauce and toppings with the special 5 blend cheese...  nom nom....

>>HUNGRY<<

J
Title: Re: Indiana pizza history
Post by: jeffrackmo on December 15, 2017, 11:02:10 AM
I grew up in Floyds Knobs, In and Pizza King was a huge part of my memories. I remember when my 8th grade school year ended a few of my buddies and I would ride our bikes to a strawberry patch at 6am and pick them till noon and get paid by the gallon. When we finished we would ride our bikes, with our days earnings in hand, to Gibsonís market and by baseball cards then go across the street to Pizza King and order a pizza for lunch. Man, were those some great times!!!


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Did ya put those baseball card you didn't want in you spokes with a wooden spring'd clothes pin too?  We did!!
Title: Re: Indiana pizza history
Post by: Brain_STL on December 16, 2017, 01:07:13 PM

I grew up in Floyds Knobs, In and Pizza King was a huge part of my memories. I remember when my 8th grade school year ended a few of my buddies and I would ride our bikes to a strawberry patch at 6am and pick them till noon and get paid by the gallon. When we finished we would ride our bikes, with our days earnings in hand, to Gibsonís market and by baseball cards then go across the street to Pizza King and order a pizza for lunch. Man, were those some great times!!!


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Did ya put those baseball card you didn't want in you spokes with a wooden spring'd clothes pin too?  We did!!
I absolutely did! Those are some of the best memories I have from growing up in Southern Indiana.


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Title: Re: Indiana pizza history
Post by: Brain_STL on December 16, 2017, 01:09:21 PM

I grew up in Floyds Knobs, In and Pizza King was a huge part of my memories. I remember when my 8th grade school year ended a few of my buddies and I would ride our bikes to a strawberry patch at 6am and pick them till noon and get paid by the gallon. When we finished we would ride our bikes, with our days earnings in hand, to Gibsonís market and by baseball cards then go across the street to Pizza King and order a pizza for lunch. Man, were those some great times!!!


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Very cool memory. I didnít realize pizza king were down that way as well. I just tried googling all of their locations which is harder than it sounds. Some of the maps showed some in Kentucky as well. Give a shout out if your in southern Indiana and Kentucky or elsewhere and let us know where they are all at.

Did your pizza king have arcade games?

We stop at the greensburg pizza king every year when we cut our Christmas tree down in new point. They have a small arcade room that myself and the kids play games at while waiting. They have pole position!  My kids are 21 and 18 but still amuse me by playing them with me.


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It had a couple of pinball machines but nothing else. I guess we were to far out in the country back in those days.


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Title: Re: Indiana pizza history
Post by: HoosierKettle on December 17, 2017, 02:19:56 PM
My first attempt was a huge success with the family. I was surprised how good it turned out. This was inside in the oven.

(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20171217/622e78da36da425670f6ae39176b2843.jpg)


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Title: Re: Indiana pizza history
Post by: jeffrackmo on December 17, 2017, 02:33:53 PM
Looks awesome!

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Title: Re: Indiana pizza history
Post by: Brain_STL on December 17, 2017, 05:46:03 PM

My first attempt was a huge success with the family. I was surprised how good it turned out. This was inside in the oven.

(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20171217/622e78da36da425670f6ae39176b2843.jpg)


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Man, does that bring back memories, that looks delicious! Do you remember how they used to be packaged as a to-go pizza, with the cardboard base and the paper bag that was made not to touch the top of the pizza? Way before delivery!


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Title: Re: Indiana pizza history
Post by: kettlebb on December 17, 2017, 06:39:57 PM
Dude that looks killer. My favorite part of pies like that are those little triangle pieces. Iím usually first to get to the pie so I can pound those.


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Title: Re: Indiana pizza history
Post by: HoosierKettle on December 18, 2017, 07:40:12 AM
Thanks guys, this was one of my best. I put the pepperoni in the food processor and grinded it up a bit so there is pepperoni over the whole pizza and sausage on half. I used raw Italian sausage and just pinched small hunks of it and spread it out on half. I made a sauce starting with garlic simmered in olive oil for a minute then poured in crushed tomatoes, a little sugar, salt, and Italian herbs. It was really flavorful. Brian, I do not remember that to go pizza. I think we always ate in the restaurant. In fact, we still do when we get pizza king.


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Title: Re: Indiana pizza history
Post by: HoosierKettle on December 18, 2017, 07:45:35 AM
I also docked the dough with a fork to prevent blisters. Brian, you should work on making this style of pizza. I think the main thing that made it taste similar is crumbled up pepperoni throughout and using a mix of mozzarella and provolone.


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Title: Re: Indiana pizza history
Post by: Brain_STL on December 21, 2017, 04:50:20 PM

I also docked the dough with a fork to prevent blisters. Brian, you should work on making this style of pizza. I think the main thing that made it taste similar is crumbled up pepperoni throughout and using a mix of mozzarella and provolone.


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Thanks for the tips, I definitely see me doing this in the near future. This thread has really brought me back to some great memories! Thanks


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Title: Re: Indiana pizza history
Post by: Haecker on March 02, 2018, 12:41:50 PM
I know this is an old thread but I just recently joined the kettle club and I'm from Muncie so I have a special place in my heart for Pizza King pizza.  I did a fairly decent replication of a royal feast last year on my Memphis pellet grill for my wife's and sister's joint birthday party (no they are not the same person).  I found some online recipes that were pretty close and an entire reddit discussion which I studied for no less than 8 hours.  The results were worth it!  I am excited to try the same with my 22" WK pro. More projects to feed my bbq obsession [emoji12]


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Title: Re: Indiana pizza history
Post by: varekai on March 02, 2018, 02:44:58 PM
@Haecker , depending on what part of the country you're from, we may need to see valid I.D. of both wife and sister.  HAHA, Welcome to the club...  I'm all california but I love threads like this, for us it was Shakeys, but the memories are all the same. 
Title: Re: Indiana pizza history
Post by: demosthenes9 on March 05, 2018, 10:00:10 AM
There's one in Jeffersonville and also one in New Albany.

Here's a list of a bunch of locations.

http://theoriginalpizzaking.com/locations


As for the pizza, I guess it's an acquired taste.  I'm not real fond of PK or the Arni's down this way.

Title: Re: Indiana pizza history
Post by: MauroBBQ on March 05, 2018, 03:01:03 PM
@HoosierKettle
I live in Juarez Mexico (border with El Paso TX)
Work sometimes takes me to Columbus IN area... I Always fly in to IND airport
Will look for Pizza King in my next trip to try it =]
Thanks for the post
Title: Re: Indiana pizza history
Post by: HoosierKettle on March 05, 2018, 03:59:06 PM

@HoosierKettle
I live in Juarez Mexico (border with El Paso TX)
Work sometimes takes me to Columbus IN area... I Always fly in to IND airport
Will look for Pizza King in my next trip to try it =]
Thanks for the post

Do you do work for Cummins?


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Title: Re: Indiana pizza history
Post by: MauroBBQ on March 05, 2018, 04:12:02 PM
@HoosierKettle

Yes I do
:)


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Title: Indiana pizza history
Post by: HoosierKettle on December 07, 2019, 04:18:02 AM
I need to add Jackís Pizza to the list. Founded in 1966 in the Indianapolis area. Edge to edge toppings and square cut slices.

Not to be confused with the frozen brand at the box stores.

http://jackspizza1966.com/#home


We have been getting it often. Just had some last night. [emoji3]


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Title: Indiana pizza history
Post by: KevinInStL on December 07, 2019, 06:43:18 AM
Hmmm yeah I agree with whoever said the thin crust, blended cheese, edge to edge toppings sounds like what I've always known as St. Louis-style pizza (Imo's).

I went to Valpo for a year once upon a time, so I had Greeks pizza a time or two. Can confirm that it's really good, but yes different from the thin crust, edge to edge style previously described. Definitely recommend it for anyone who might find themselves in Valparaiso, IN.


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Title: Re: Indiana pizza history
Post by: HoosierKettle on December 07, 2019, 08:22:50 AM

Hmmm yeah I agree with whoever said the thin crust, blended cheese, edge to edge toppings sounds like what I've always known as St. Louis-style pizza (Imo's).

I went to Valpo for a year once upon a time, so I had Greeks pizza a time or two. Can confirm that it's really good, but yes different from the thin crust, edge to edge style previously described. Definitely recommend it for anyone who might find themselves in Valparaiso, IN.


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Yeah I donít mean to imply Indiana owns or started those trends but seems to be a common on the Indiana based pizza chains. Except Greeks.

Pizza king is still my personal local favorite.


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Title: Re: Indiana pizza history
Post by: jhagestad on December 09, 2019, 10:45:16 AM

Did your pizza king have arcade games?

We stop at the greensburg pizza king every year when we cut our Christmas tree down in new point. They have a small arcade room that myself and the kids play games at while waiting. They have pole position!  My kids are 21 and 18 but still amuse me by playing them with me.

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I was more of a Spy Hunter kinda guy
Title: Re: Indiana pizza history
Post by: BBQ Jack on December 10, 2019, 10:46:04 PM
I though the finest example of Indiana pizza was Noble Romans.
Title: Re: Indiana pizza history
Post by: HoosierKettle on December 11, 2019, 02:47:01 AM

I though the finest example of Indiana pizza was Noble Romans.

I didnít know it was founded in Indiana until I saw your post. Thatís a good one. Iíve always thought they had the best tasting sauce and their breadsticks and cheese dip are my favorite. Itís a shame they have declined in locations through the years.


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Title: Re: Indiana pizza history
Post by: jmike314 on December 11, 2019, 04:39:17 PM

I though the finest example of Indiana pizza was Noble Romans.

I didnít know it was founded in Indiana until I saw your post. Thatís a good one. Iíve always thought they had the best tasting sauce and their breadsticks and cheese dip are my favorite. Itís a shame they have declined in locations through the years.


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I loved Noble Romanís growing up.
The was one on Wabash Ave in Terre Haute that we went to all the time.
It had the window to the kitchen where you could watch the guys twirl the dough.
The place was the greatest.


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Title: Re: Indiana pizza history
Post by: B-SIDE on May 07, 2020, 08:20:14 PM
Originally from Fort Wayne, I remember Greeks Pizza in the village at Ball State.  Very good.  Relocated to the west coast 17 years ago and havenít fallen in love with a pizza out here yet.  Also, one of my favorite things about pizza king (and other Midwest pizzerias) was the ground up sausageófinely ground. My favorite pizzaís in Indiana: mother bears-Bloomington, pizza express- Bloomington, Munchie Emporium-ft. Wayne, Greeks-Muncie, big daddyís-Angola.


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Title: Re: Indiana pizza history
Post by: B-SIDE on May 07, 2020, 08:21:26 PM
And of course noble romans Georgetown square Fort Wayne (RIP).


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Title: Re: Indiana pizza history
Post by: HoosierKettle on May 08, 2020, 05:07:32 PM

Originally from Fort Wayne, I remember Greeks Pizza in the village at Ball State.  Very good.  Relocated to the west coast 17 years ago and havenít fallen in love with a pizza out here yet.  Also, one of my favorite things about pizza king (and other Midwest pizzerias) was the ground up sausageófinely ground. My favorite pizzaís in Indiana: mother bears-Bloomington, pizza express- Bloomington, Munchie Emporium-ft. Wayne, Greeks-Muncie, big daddyís-Angola.


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We may have been at ball state at the same time. Do you remember burritos as big as your head? 

And yeah I love noble romans as well.


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Title: Re: Indiana pizza history
Post by: B-SIDE on May 08, 2020, 08:06:48 PM
La bamba of course!!!


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