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The Father of Detroit Deep Dish
Gus Guerra: A True Detroit Original
Have you ever noticed that across the nation, pizza tops nearly everyone’s favorite food list — and everyone has an opinion on what is the best? But, when it comes to pizza, do you know Gus? If you don’t then you may just be missing out on the best slice of Detroit square pizza history!
Gus Guerra is known as the Father of Detroit square pizza and it is Gus’ family recipe that is "The pizza everyone copies, but no one equals." This famous original Guerra family recipe is still served exactly the same today at Cloverleaf Bar & Restaurant and Cloverleaf Pizza carryout locations as when Gus first served it in 1946 as the original owner of Buddy’s Rendezvous on Conant in Detroit, where it was love at first bite for customers!
So go ahead, read on about Who Gus Is and then visit Cloverleaf Bar & Restaurant in Eastpointe for a slice of pizza heaven – Gus Guerra’s original square pizza. You’ll be glad you did!
The Father of Detroit's Original Square Pizza
The Pizza Everyone Copies but No One Equals
In 1946 pizza wasn’t being served at many places in Detroit but soon many took their first bite of what is now famously known as Detroit-style pizza when Cloverleaf founder, Gus Guerra and his wife Anna (Passalacqua) first introduced her mother’s recipe – the thick crusted, square pie topped first with a layer of cheese followed with a layer of tomato sauce – at their first bar Buddy’s Rendezvous. Gus Guerra sold Buddy’s in 1953 along with his pizza recipe and purchased Cloverleaf Bar in East Detroit, now known as the City of Eastpointe. Cloverleaf has grown from a small neighborhood bar which Gus described as looking like “a little white farm house” into the Eastside institution it is today.
Since Gus Guerra introduced the square pizza to Detroit, many establishments began making the square pizza but it has been said this original recipe is “The one everyone copies but no one equals.” To this day, Buddy’s Pizza credits Gus as the founder of Detroit square pizza.
Award-Winning Pizza Since 1946
Throughout the years Cloverleaf has received many awards for their famous pizza, including the most recent honor of being named one of the 101 Best Pizzas in America by the Daily Meal in 2013.
Other awards and accolades Cloverleaf has received include: 1st place at the International Pizza Challenge in the Non-Traditional category in the region in 2011, and being named among the Top 10 pizzas in Detroit as well as taking home the 1st place North American Pizza Pizzazz™ honor in 2009.