Everyone knows that Italy is the pizza capitol of the world. They also know that America consumes huge quantities of pizza. It's estimated that three billion pizzas are eaten every year in the US And five billion pizzas are consumed world-wide. That means other countries enjoy pizza as well. It's become an international food that's popular almost everywhere in one form or another.
In the US 36% of all pizza orders include pepperoni as a topping. This is not true everywhere. Here are a few of the toppings that are popular in other countries.
India -Pickled ginger, minced mutton, and Paneer cheese. Tandoori chicken is also becoming more popular.
Russia – Red herring, and Mockba – which is a combination of sardines, tuna, mackerel, salmon, and onions. They prefer it served cold.
Japan – Squid, eel, and MayoJaga – which is a mix of mayonnaise, potato, and bacon.
Pakistan – Curry
Australians – Shrimp and pineapple
Kuwait – Shawarma – A type of grilled chicken or beef topped with hummus and sliced pickles
France – Assorted specialty cheeses
Costa Rica – Coconut
Malaysia- Pork is not eaten so their pizzas are topped with chicken or turkey.
Netherlands – The "Double Dutch" with double angles, cheese, and beef.
Venezuela – Pepperoni, vegetarian, and anchovies
Even within countries such as America, you find an assortment of different kinds of pizza based on geography. There's the infamous deep dish pizza in Chicago, and California style pizza baked in a wood burning stove. Some claim that New York style pizza is the best. Hawaiian pizzas topped with ham and pineapple have gained a loyal following. There are even Thai pizzas and BBQ pizzas.
Gourmet pizzas have become trendy in the last few years. Some of the unique toppings on these specialty pizzas include:
• Cajun Shrimp
• Artichoke hearts
• Dandelions (no, I'm not kidding)
In other words, almost every type of food has been tried as a pizza topping, including peanut butter and jelly; but that one did not last long.
When you're making your own pizza at home, there's endless possibilities with a healthy imagination. Pull out the leftovers and try something different or visit your favorite pizzeria today … Who knows, you might create a new taste sensation that will be popular world-wide. Or at least amuse your kids.
Whether you live in America, Italy, Russia, Japan or almost any other country, you can find a restaurant that serves pizza. There may be national variations, but it's basically a similar concept with special nuances.
So be brave. The next time you visit another country, try a slice of local flavor. Order a mackerel topped pizza in Russia or some eel in Japan. It may turn out to be your new favorite.