Favorite Pizza Ingredients in 14 Countries around the World

Monday Sep 19, 2016

Although pizza originated in Italy, it has become a favorite throughout the world. "Pizza" is a word that never needs translation, wherever you are. However, the types of pizza ingredients vary tremendously, based on regional tastes, cultural preferences, and local foods. Pizza has very few limitations, and why should it. It's hard to go wrong. Below is a list of popular pizza ingredients from around the world.

Pizza Toppings from around the World

1. India

Pickled ginger, minced mutton, paneer (a form of cottage cheese), and tofu are popular. Another favorite is "tikka", chicken that has been marinated in a spicy yogurt sauce.

2. Russia

Mockba, a combination of tuna, sardines, salmon, mackerel, red herring, and onions, is popular. This pizza is typically served cold.

3. Brazil

Green peas (what's up with that, Brazil?), corn, raisins, hearts of palm, and hard boiled eggs are popular ingredients.

4. Japan

Eel, squid, and Mayo Jaga (a mix of mayonnaise, potato, and bacon) is are most popular; teriyaki chicken is another well-liked option.

5. France

Also called tarte flambée with bacon, onion, and fresh cream atop a thin layer of dough. This combination originated in Bas-Rhin, Alsace, in the northeast of France.

6. Germany

A popular pizza topping is canned tuna, mixed with other toppings or on its own.

7. Sweden

Peanuts, chicken, bananas, pineapple, and curry powder-topped pizza is a favorite.

8. Pakistan

Curry, chicken tikka, and achari chicken pizzas are all popular.

9. Australia

Ham, bacon, and egg pizza is quintessential breakfast fare, and shrimp, pineapple, and BBQ sauce pizzas are also popular.

10. Costa Rica

Not satisfied with pineapple on their pizzas, Costa Ricans mix it up by adding coconut and shrimp to their pizza.

11. Netherlands

Shawarma (grilled lamb) is a popular topping in the Netherlands along with a "Double Dutch" pizza consisting of double meat, double onion, and double cheese.

12. Greece

The Hellenic pizza includes classic Greek flavors such as feta cheese, oregano, olives, fresh tomato, onion, green pepper, and pepperoni.

13. Portugal

Popular ingredients include linguica, a garlicky local sausage, and chorizo, a Spanish sausage.

14. United States

Pepperoni, sausage, mushrooms, onion, green pepper, and extra cheese are the most popular options.

If you're in the mood for something slightly more traditional, visit the Hungry Howie’s near you to try a delicious flavored-crust pizza.