Dough balls for making pizza.
What Makes Quad City-Style Pizza Absolutely One-Of-A-Kind?
By Brandon Bombay
Quad Cities is the region where Rock Island, Moline, and East Moline in Illinois face Davenport and Bettendorf in Iowa, and it's home to the unique Quad City-style pizza.
It starts with a sweeter dough that features malt, and in the case of Harris Pizza — one of the original QC-style joints — it is made with molasses.
The dough is usually about a quarter-inch thick and has a soft texture. The tomato sauce also has red pepper flakes, which pack a punch.
Quad City-style pies are usually covered with an abundance of toppings, and fennel sausage is perhaps the most popular.
Instead of using a pizza cutter and cutting the pie into triangle slices, QC-style pizza is cut down the middle and then separated into strips on each side, usually with scissors.
The Quad Cities area is also home to the original taco pizza, created in 1974 by one of the region's most popular pizza places, Happy Joe’s.