This New Detroit Pizzeria Makes Slices Like No Other

With toppings like beef brisket, shrimp, artichokes and yes pineapple, Pizza Cat Max in downtown Detroit keeps pizza weird.

“Making sure everyone has the opportunity to eat the pizza they want to eat, even if it’s just a sausage pizza or if they’re the kind of person who wants 15 toppings “, says Matt Wojtowicz, founder and co-owner of Pizza Chat Max.

Pizza Cat Max started in Toledo after Wojtowicz quit his job at another pizzeria. He knew that if he wanted his brand to succeed, it had to be different and unique, so that’s exactly what he set out to create.

Unlike Detroit-style pizza, the crust is still thin, though it’s packed with so many toppings you’d never tell. There’s no crust edge on these round pizzas either, instead the toppings meet the crust, caramelizing the cheese along the edge and making every bite as good as the first.

Wojtowicz also wanted his pizza to have a Midwestern flavor, so he uses ingredients commonly found in the region. For example, there’s cheddar in his pizza cheese blend; if a pizza has barbecue sauce, it’s Sweet Baby Rays; and the pizza sauce itself is a little sweeter and a little spicier than what you’ll find in Italy.

Pizza Cat Max offers a wide variety of specialty pizzas, arranging them by the types of meats found on top. Options for people with dietary restrictions are plentiful with 4 different crusts (regular, gluten free, cauliflower and chicken) and vegan cheese available upon request. If you don’t want to try one of their specialty pizzas, you can also create your own with their wide selection of toppings.

Besides pizza, they also serve wings (traditional and boneless), steamed bagel sandwiches, and cheese bread.

The restaurant is located in the basement of the building at the corner of Fort and Brush. It’s covered in neon lights and bright colors, giving it a strong late 80s, early 90s feel. The plan is for them to eventually expand into the suburbs with more pickup/delivery points.

For more information, watch the video above.

Pizza Cat Max’s address is 407 E Fort Street in Detroit.

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