When eyeing Hamtramck, Michigan on the map, you’ll notice that the Wayne County city is completely surrounded by Detroit — a city with its own reputation for a large immigrant community. While Hamtramck is known for a hosting a growing Polish population, it’s the Bangladeshi community that holds the biggest numbers.
In this episode of Cooking in America, host Sheldon Simeon visits Amar Pizza, where chef and owner Shofiul Alam is blending traditional Bangladeshi flavors with Detroit’s famed style of square-pan pizza. Alam moved to Detroit by way of New Jersey (by way of Bangladesh) some 20 years ago, and after working at Domino’s for 11 years, grew to share the local affinity for pizza. “We didn’t just open this business for our [Bangladeshi] community,” says Alam. “It’s for everyone to try.”