The History of Detroit-style Pizza at Buddy’s

On this week’s show, I talk with Wes Pikula, the V.P. of Operations at the legendary Buddy’s, which opened in Detroit in 1946. They make a truly original pizza, the style for which has been copied by several other places around the country. Pikula has been with the company since 1975, so few can speak more eloquently or passionately about the true Detroit original.





  1. James S Price

    March 3, 2019 at 8:04 am

    Sorry I have not had time to listen to this show yet. But I did want to share we were in the original place and there were some execs. from Buddy’s with the manager. I asked why the pizza at the Conant place was what I thought was just slightly different and what I thought the best of all of their locations. The man said to me and this might of been the same man you featured in the story, that he gets that all the time. He feels the only difference is that this location still has the old style pizza oven. He claims it is so old they can’t hardly get parts for it and might have to replace it someday. That was almost a decade ago so many it has been replaced.

    • Steve Dolinsky

      March 5, 2019 at 9:05 am

      Wes Pikula was the guy we interviewed. I think the old oven is a Middleby Marshall conveyor oven. At least that’s what I saw when I was there.

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