‘Grandma of pizza'

Mary Harris: Grande dame of the Q-C pizza clan.

You can't live in the Quad-Cities without tasting Quad-City-style pizza. And it all began with Harris Pizza. 

"Here's what's different about Harris Pizza in 50 years — nothing," said its president, Kathaleen Harris Mosley, of the business begun by her parents, Leonard and Mary Harris.

The malt crust, a thin layer of slightly spicy sauce and pork sausage under a heavy layer of cheese and scissor-cut in strips was a style invented by her mother.

"She had probably never seen a pizza before," Mosley said.

There was hardly any competition around in 1960 when her parents opened their first Harris Pizza at 3903 14th Ave., Rock Island.

Now the "Quad-Cities style" has been copied elsewhere in the Q-C, the country, and even in Chicago, which already has its trademark deep-dish style.

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