PIZZA PIZZA PIZZA PIZZA PIZZA PIZZA: A place to discuss and debate pizza.

Laz

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...still better than kenny omega...
 

King Kamala

Integral Poster
Idk how pineapple as a pizza roping is foul but using mashed potatoes as a pizza sauce is fine. The South has changed you!
 

Broward83

Integral Poster
So what is the go to top two/three toppings we all go for around here?

I usually stick with the tried and true pepperoni and mushroom but will throw in pineapple if I've got a hankerin for it.
 

Baby Shoes

Baby Shoes
Pizza is one of those things that I enjoy almost every topping on. Conventional ones at least but even some unconventional to an extent. I think the only traditional topping I can say I don’t like are olives. I don’t think I’ve ever had anchovies but I’d be willing to try them.

When I get pizza with family and friends, I’m surrounded by a lot of plain eaters and wind up usually with pepperoni and mushroom. If I’m left to my own devices I will usually do some combination of pepperoni, jalapeño, onion and pineapple.

I will say one underrated pizza topping, in my opinion, is sun-dried tomato. I tried it at one sit-down restaurant, coal oven pizza place and loved it. I have some spare sundried tomatoes from a recent dinner I made, so thinking about doing one of my homemade pizzas again soon and using those up.
 

Laz

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Favorite toppings:
Pepperoni
Green pepper
Onion

Gotta do pepper/onion together, pepperoni can be on its own or in addition to the others.
 

King Kamala

Integral Poster
CW: Me giving opinions about pizza and sex
Pepperoni is one of rare, non controversial examples where something is the most popular option cause it's actually good and it isn't divisive.

Plain is also really good but like vanilla for ice cream or the missionary position for sex, they've been associated with boring, unimaginative people so long that people forget that it's really enjoyable when it's done by someone who knows what they're doing. I've said it here before but if a place doesn't have at least a pretty good plain pizza then their pizza overall is going to be pretty bad.

Five favorite toppings
Pepperoni
Mushrooms
ground sausage
wild card choice...fried eggplant
Jalapenos
 
I’m surprised sun dried tomatoes are underrated and unheralded, I’ve been getting them on pizza for like two decades. I guess I’m more bougie than I thought.
 

Baby Shoes

Baby Shoes
I’m surprised sun dried tomatoes are underrated and unheralded, I’ve been getting them on pizza for like two decades. I guess I’m more bougie than I thought.

Well, aside from you just being fancy in general, I think some of it comes down to availability. I think while there are definitely tiers of quality in pizza, many Americans still just go the “fast food” route with pizza. When you look at the two biggest chains of this type in the US, Pizza Hut and Domino’s, neither one even offers sun-dried tomatoes as an option.
 

King Kamala

Integral Poster
Pizza, muffuletta, and Italian sandwiches (weird Maine only version not authentic version with capicola or gabigoul) are the only vessels where I don't hate olives. I've grown to tolerate them on salads but vastly prefer no involvement from them in my life. It baffles me that people straight up will eat a jar of olives.
 

AboveAverage484

Integral Poster
Pizza, muffuletta, and Italian sandwiches (weird Maine only version not authentic version with capicola or gabigoul) are the only vessels where I don't hate olives. I've grown to tolerate them on salads but vastly prefer no involvement from them in my life. It baffles me that people straight up will eat a jar of olives.
I don't particularly like them on their own but olives dominate the taste of anything with them on it. I hate the smell of mushrooms which explains my disdain for that particular topping.
 

King Kamala

Integral Poster
I should specify they're only good on pizza with a similarly salty topping. Pepperoni and olive is great. Olive and mushroom is not great and not a pizza I can share with @AboveAverage484 at the Pizza Party at the TSM Summit in Vegas in 2022.
 

Spaceman Spiff

Integral Poster
For my Top Toppings I gotta go with pepperoni and sausage, which is weird because for the longest time I was all "pepperoni, ew", but have since realized the error of my ways. From there it's a big dropoff to the next topping of mushroom, which I wouldn't purposely order but would have no problem chomping down on some if it's already available.

For Hawaiian, gf & I have settled on the pizza needing ham *and* bacon in addition to the pineapple. We make it a point to try Hawaiian pizzas from different places for comparison purposes, and figured out that both ham & bacon tend to make for a better Hawaiian than it having only 1 of those.

As a pizza aside, a friend of my gf organized a "Great New Jersey Pizza Tour" in early 2019 based on the top NJ pizza place in each county as ranked by NJ.com. Basically every month a group of us would would visit a place on the list, order a variety of pizzas, then grade the place to see how our rankings matched up to the "official list". But then COVID came and shut that down roughly half way through the list. Last stop was in Jan 2020, the day Kobe Bryant died. Someone had their phone out and said "I think Kobe Bryant just died", which of course sent everyone else onto their phones for any sign of confirmation.
 
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