Who doesn't love pizza? It's a winning combination of soft dough, crispy crust, flavorful sauce, delicious cheese, and all your favorite toppings.
Pizza is such a popular dish that it's been made into several different versions worldwide, and we're not just talking about the thin or thick crust. From the classic Neapolitan to massive New York slices, there's a type of pizza out there for everyone. Which is your favorite?
Pizza is said to have originated in Naples, Italy. Suppose you ever travel to the coastal city. In that case, you'll be able to find plenty of restaurants that follow the traditional recipe. Neapolitan pizza is known for its thin base and doughy crust, baked in a wood oven for about a minute and a half. A Margherita is an original pie, topped with tomato sauce, slices of buffalo mozzarella, garlic, basil, and olive oil.
Roman Pizza Bianca.
Different regions of Italy have their version of pizza. In Rome, you'll be able to find pizza Bianca or white pizza. This type has no toppings, sauce, or cheese. It's just pizza dough drizzled with olive oil and other seasonings.
New York Pizza.
Just like in Italy, the US has many different types of pizza. The most famous is probably a massive New York slice.
New York-style pizza has a thick crust, tomato sauce, and plenty of melted mozzarella. It's often accompanied by other toppings, though plain old cheese is a favorite.
Chicago Deep Dish.
This style of pizza puts the pie in ‘pizza pie.' As the name suggests, a Chicago deep-dish pizza resembles the comforting baked good. It's cooked in a pan with high sides, resulting in a pizza with an extra thick crust. Deep dish pizzas are stuffed with cheese and then topped with tomato sauce.
Detroit Upside Down Pizza.
Detroit pizzas have sauce on top of the cheese, which is what makes them upside down. They usually have extra-crispy crusts and use Wisconsin cheese instead of mozzarella.
Alsatian Tarte Flambee.
It translates to ‘flaming tart.' Tarte flambee is a popular dish in the Alsace region of France and neighboring Germany. It's a thin dough base topped with creme fraiche or Fromage blanc, onions, and lardons. Traditionally Tarte flambee is cooked in a wood oven, hence the name.
What's tastier than pizza dough? Well, a fried pizza dough. Langos is popular street food in Hungary, featuring a base of fried dough topped with cheese, garlic, and butter. It can have other toppings like sour cream, ham, or onions.
If you're not sure how you feel about an egg on a pizza, khachapuri will change your mind. It sort of resembles a pizza boat, with an oval shape and a bed for the egg. Khachapuri is stuffed with cheese, often with mozzarella and feta, so that every bite is filled with cheesy goodness.
Some may call it a flatbread, but we know that it's just Turkish pizza. Lahmacun or lahmajoun is a crispy dough topped with spicy minced meat, onion, tomato, lettuce, parsley, and lemon. It's proof that pizza doesn't need cheese or sauce to be delicious.
Often served for breakfast, manakish is dough garnished with popular Middle Eastern spice blend za'atar. Cheese and meat are often added to make the dish more filling.
Modern Japanese cuisine features many fusion dishes, so it's no surprise they've put their spin on pizza. Okonomiyaki consists of a savory pancake base topped with different kinds of seafood, cabbage, nori (seaweed), and sauce.