• Thomas Walko

'Strange' Pizza Toppings from Around the World

La Fruitella
The exit4pizza La Fruitella—a tasty dessert pizza topped with fresh berries and Nutella. Different? Yes. Delicious? Also yes.

We love keeping up with the latest pizza news on our Facebook page, and that inevitably leads to us writing about crazes like mustard as a pizza topping.

Yes, people are willing to put things that are stranger than pineapple and anchovies on their pizzas.

A Pizza Topping Trip Around the Globe

Let's start our adventure in Russia, where Mockba is a popular pizza choice. This is a pizza traditionally served cold, and it's topped with sardines, tuna, mackerel, salmon, and onions. So, while it's a great way to fill up on sodium and Omega-3 fatty acids in one sitting, it's not something we'd recommend for someone who can't stand the taste (or smell) of fish.

For a wilder combination, travel northwest of Moscow until you reach Sweden. There, you'll find pizzas topped with peanuts, bananas, chicken, pineapple, and curry powder. No, you didn't misread that, and we certainly didn't mistype anything. Our best guess is this is a flavor cocktail designed to take their minds off the frigid Swedish winters, but we'll entertain the idea that it may also be flavorful in a good way.

Bananas: For when you're in dire need of both potassium and pizza.

Once you're done licking your lips clean in Sweden, head south into Denmark. Walk around Copenhagen long enough, and you'll stumble across a restaurant serving up slices of horse meat on its pizzas. Though the thought of eating horse might bring up fond childhood memories of Gumby and Pokey, word on the Danish streets is horse meat is actually pretty tasty.

Gumby and Pokey
Wait a minute, has Gumby been hanging out with Pokey for all these years because... No, that couldn't be the reason. Right?

OK, you'll need a plane ticket for this next culinary adventure, because we're headed down to Australia. Know how the country's famous for its strange wildlife? Well, ordering The Coat of Arms pizza will get you a pie topped with emu and kangaroo.

From Australia, head north to Japan, where the cuisine is plenty different from what we're used to in the States. In addition to throwing eel and squid onto their pizzas as enthusiastically as we request pepperoni, Japanese pizzasseurs often eat Mayo Jaga—a blend of potatoes, mayonnaise, and bacon. Which, now that we think about it, sounds a bit like our pierogi pizzas.

Fun Pizza Flavors in PittsburghIf you like to experiment with pizza toppings, head to exit4pizza! Located northeast of Downtown Pittsburgh, exit4pizza regularly releases new specialty pizzas that are a refreshing deviation from the norm. Head to our shop in Etna, or order online!

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