I'm still trying to figure out exactly how to define the pizza of Kansas and the Kansas City area, in general. Pizza is an amalgamation of styles here, where thin and thick crust can coexist in the same restaurant.
Well, Serious Eats has taken a shot at trying to characterize the pizza of both Kansas and Kansas City for its series, "The United States of Pizza." Better yet, the post's author, Adam Kuban, is originally from Kansas, so he grew up eating Original Pizza and understands which shops are the local institutions.
When it comes to Kansas City, the staples (D'Bronx, Minsky's) and newer spots (Pizza Bella, Spin) are prominently featured in the round-up. Some Kansas Citians might be disappointed that Rosati's and Kelso's (recently named to Charles Ferruzza's top five pizzas in town) aren't featured.
Kuban attempts to define the Kansas City-style in his piece, after consulting with local food blogger the Ulterior Epicure:
If the Kansas City area could be said to have a pizza style, I think the three he mentions above (Minksy's, Pizza Shoppe, Kelso's) would typify it -- along with Torre's Pizzeria,As evidenced by the healthy debate over the top five pizzas in town and the idea that it takes six pizza shops to paint a picture of what a proper pie should be in Kansas City, there likely isn't a single pie that can represent what pizza is in this city. But that just means we get to keep eating slices until we discover one.
Stone Canyon Pizza, and maybe even Godfather's Pizza back in the '80s.