Everyone knows that Italy is the pizza capital of the world. They also know that the United States consumes large amounts of pizza. It is estimated that three billion pizzas are eaten each year in the US and five billion pizzas are consumed worldwide. That means other countries enjoy pizza too. It has become an international food that is 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. These are some of the ingredients that are popular in other countries.
India: pickled ginger, minced lamb meat 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 onion. They prefer it to be served cold.
Japan – Squid, eel and MayoJaga – which is a mixture of mayonnaise, potato and bacon.
Australian – Prawns and pineapple
Kuwait – Shawarma – A type of grilled chicken or beef topped with hummus and sliced pickles
France – Assortment of specialty cheeses
Malaysia: Pork is not eaten, so their pizzas are topped with chicken or turkey.
Netherlands – The “double dutch” with double onion, cheese and beef.
Venezuela – Pepperoni, vegetarian and anchovies
Even within countries like the United States, you’ll find a variety of different types of pizza depending on geography. There’s Chicago’s infamous deep-dish pizza 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 barbecue pizzas.
Gourmet pizzas have become fashionable in recent years. Some of the exclusive ingredients of 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 didn’t last long.
When you’re making your own pizza at home, there are endless possibilities with a healthy imagination. Take out the leftovers and try something different or visit your favorite pizzeria today… Who knows, you could create a new taste sensation that will be popular all over the world. Or at least amuse your children.
Whether you live in the United States, Italy, Russia, Japan, or just about any other country, you can find a restaurant that serves pizza. There may be national variations, but it is basically a similar concept with special nuances.
So be brave. The next time you visit another country, try a little of the local flavor. Order a pizza topped with mackerel in Russia or some eel in Japan. It may become your new favorite.