You can find pizza in just about any country in the world, but sometimes the toppings can be a little unexpected, to say the least.
In Russia, “mockba” is the most popular style of pizza. It features a thick crust, slathered in tomato sauce and then covered in salmon, mackerel, tuna and sardines.
Indian pizza is usually cooked in a tandoor oven and topped with pickled ginger, tandoori chicken, paneer cheese and gobs of mayonnaise.
Brazilians love green peas so much they put them on everything, including their pizza, along with raisins, carrots, beets and quail eggs.
Okonomiyaki is a Japanese pizza-style treat that layers cabbage, noodles, pork, fried eggs and squid over a circular, single-serving size crust.
In Lebanon and other countries around the Middle East, locals enjoy “Manakish” a cold, flat bread style breakfast treat that will be familiar to pizza lovers everywhere, though the traditional toppings of za’atar, a spicy mix of thyme, sesame seeds, sumac and ground meat, might prove to be a delicious surprise.
The Swedes are known around the world for their openness. Their Banana Curry Pizza is just one more example of their willingness to explore non-traditional ways of doing things. It features Pineapple, peanuts, loads of curry powder, and of course, bananas.
Australians, meanwhile, have been known to top their pizzas with kangaroo, emu, and even crocodile meat.
And of course, our American neighbours, not to be outdone, offer everything from a Double-Bacon-Cheeseburger Pizza, to a Chocolate-Marshmallow Dessert Pizza and, if you’re more of a high-roller, some of their finer restaurants will be happy to serve you a pizza covered in fresh caviar. Just be sure to bring your credit card!
Pizza is truly the world’s most multi-cultural food, a delicacy that people in every corner of the planet enjoy in their own unique and delicious way!
Writer: Robbie Dillon