Around the World In Pizza Time

Monday, July 14th, 2008

Americans definitely love pizza (eating 350 slices of it per second) and although it originated in Italy, we have certainly taken it and ran with it. If we could bastardize the Italian tradition by adding things like pineapple and barbecue sauce, then what have other cultures done to further alter the face of pizza as we know it?

Amsterdam -These brilliant smokers have cross-bred pizza with hot dogs. A popular pizza order here is called the “Double Dutch.” It includes double cheese, double onions and double beef.

Australia -Throw another shrimp on the barbie pizza, mate. And maybe some pineapple too.

Brazil -Hard boiled eggs and peas on your pie? Why not?

China -Many pizzas here have a thousand island dressing base. Also, if you like eel sushi, maybe you’ll like eel pizza. Maybe…

Costa Rica -They love coconut. If pineapple is great on pizza, why not coconut?

France -A popular combination is known as the Flambee and has bacon, onions and fresh cream.

Germany -Breakfast and pizza at once is a good idea. A sunny side up egg on your pizza is a great way to wake up. Also popular are asparagus pizzas.

India -Pickled ginger and lamb seems a little strange on pizza, but I do love me some lamb. Chicken tikka pizza is also popular, and it sounds amazing.

Korea -I think having a sweet potato pizza here would be fantastic. I don’t know about the whole shrimp cheese bite though.

Japan -They love squid and Mayo Jaga (a combination of mayonnaise, potatoes and bacon). The “Mega Pizza” is loaded with toppings and is served with maple syrup and ketchup on top.

Pakistan -Curry is such a popular dish here, of course it’s on pizza.

Russia -Mockba (a blend of sardines, tuna, salmon, mackerel and onions) is a popular pizza topper…sorry, but I just threw up in my mouth a little bit. Also, red herring is quite a popular topping.

Sweden -Their “Hawaiian” pizza has bananas, ham and curry powder -it’s quite good actually. Also, all of their pies are very thin and come with a free “pizza salad” that is a non-creamy variation of coleslaw.

Venezuela -Corn and goat cheese are a suprising variation on pizza that most Americans could probably dig.

Heard of any other weird toppings, let me know!

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