April 17, 2024

Charles and Reid's Heatwave Margherita

Tastemaker
March 2, 2024

Good news, readers: You don't need to drive all the way to Detroit for Detroit-style pizza. We popped into Charles and Reid in Traverse City, and they had everything we love about the big city pie: the crispy, caramelized crust, the generous use of sauce, and plenty of classic brick cheese. Our top pick was the Heatwave Margherita ($20 for a small, $24 for a large), which had the usual fresh basil, mozzarella, and tomato toppings along with chili oil, Calabrian chili peppers, and a decadent balsamic glaze. The result was hot…but not too hot. And in this writer’s humble opinion, the next-day leftovers might be even better! Find the pizza parlor at 113 E State St. in Traverse City (in the alley behind the City Opera House and Brilliant Books). Call to order: (231) 252-3497. charlesandreid.com

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