Maryland Style Pizza

May 8, 2020
MCS Staff
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We’ve all heard of New York and Chicago style pizza, but we have our own style of pizza here in Maryland.

​According to the Washingtonian magazine, Maryland style Pizza is rectangular in shape, has a biscuity crust, a sweet tomato sauce, and uses smoked provolone cheese.

This all began when Ledo Pizza opened their first restaurant in 1955 in Adelphi, Maryland (Prince George’s County, pictured below).

The circular pizza pans were relatively new when the first restaurant opened…so they went with the rectangular pans and ended up sticking with what was working.

Many of the best pizza spots in the area (Stained Glass Pub, Continental, Gentleman Jim’s, 4 Corners Pub, etc.) have carried on the rectangular pizza tradition that was inspired by Ledo Pizza.

The original Ledo Restaurant closed in July 2010, but relocated a month later to downtown College Park (Knox Road). The Ledo Pizza chain has expanded to include over 100 restaurants in Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, South Carolina, and Florida.


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  1. Bruce H McIntosh on May 8, 2020 at 3:21 pm

    “… and Florida.”

    I just about lost it when I discovered that Ledo’s Pizza out on Dale Mabry in Tampa. HAD to stop and order one to go. It was like a mouthful of nostalgia from the first bite. YEAH! 😀

  2. James Demacek on May 9, 2020 at 8:40 am

    I’d love a recipe for this type of pizza crust! Anyone have any tips?

    • C on May 10, 2020 at 9:19 pm

      If it’s the dough you’re asking about I don’t have a recipe but I’m guessing Crisco (lard) is used in it.

    • Scott Stein on May 11, 2020 at 2:50 pm

      For Ledo’s Crust? Sure…go to the UPStore and get a cardboard box. It’s about the same.

  3. Mike P on May 10, 2020 at 6:19 am

    I’m afraid the other Ledos outlets don’t make nearly as good pizza as the original Ledos, the one located in College Park. I obviously haven’t eaten at all 100 of the other Ledos – just 2, in fact. But the pizzas were more like standard pizzas. Different recipe.

  4. Dave D on May 11, 2020 at 2:49 pm

    I am not sure what Ledo’s serves qualifies as pizza…I have heard good things about the original location, but the others are like Domino’s, Pizza Hut, or Papa John’s…only good for kid’s parties when you are OK having cheap pizza.

  5. Molly on May 12, 2020 at 6:07 pm

    Stained Glass Pub has the best “Maryland Style Pizza”!! Even during the pandemic they are offering their usual Monday and Tuesday half price pizza deal! Just buy either a drink or an appetizer to get the deal. Our family has been enjoying Stained Glass Pub pizza since it opened in 1973!! Our favorites are pepperoni and “everything”, crispy bacon, no fish. If you’ve never had their pizza I would highly recommend!

  6. Chas on May 13, 2020 at 2:16 pm

    Started in the 1940’s in DC there was Cavalier Restaurant, my parents frequented in their youth. It moved to Twinbrook MD and when Portners sold in 1970, became Gentleman Jim’s. New owners kept same cooks, same pizza. Ledo is fine pizza, but holds no candle to a Cavalier pizza. Cavalier now known as GJ was cutting corners long before Ledo existed

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