If there’s one thing that nearly all of the people in the world can agree on, it’s that pizza is the perfect food. Hardly anyone can turn down the cheesy, crispy, delicious goodness that comes in a pizza box – but with that passion comes controversy as well. Pizza is a little like playing online pokies, there is something to suit everyone’s tastes, but not everyone likes the same thing!
Everyone wants to protect pizza’s integrity in their own way, but everyone has their own opinions on how to do it. Some think that pineapple pizza is despicable while others love it; some have even taken to adding lettuce, broccoli and other unconventional ingredients to spice things up and stir the pot.
Very few foods have garnered the level of controversy that pizza has, and many people have dedicated their careers to highlighting and fighting so-called crimes against pizza. Are these weird and wonderful toppings criminal or genius? Only you can decide…
#1: Kiwi Fruit
The humble kiwi fruit is delicious on its own, as are most fruits. However, pizza lovers are extremely divided on whether any fruit belongs on a cheesy round of dough. Pineapple and banana are common toppings to see on pizzas, but spotting kiwi fruit on this favourite fast food is a whole new level of weird for most!
A Swedish man by the name of Stellan Johansson racked up rage on the Internet when he requested that a local pizzeria in Skottorps add kiwi fruit to his pizza. He posted a photo to Facebook, and it quickly made its way to Reddit, going viral shortly thereafter. Some called the topping an ‘unholy abomination’, but Johansson claims that kiwi fruit pizza is deliciously ‘sweet and sour’. Some Redditors even expressed curiosity, saying that the taste could be similar to cheese and grapes or other tart accompaniments.
Pineapple has long been used as a pizza topping, but it is not without its contention. Some love it, but many food aficionados can’t stand the thought of it. Even Gordon Ramsay made his stance clear, noting that “You don’t put f—ing pineapple on pizza!”, while the president of Iceland wholeheartedly agrees. The latter has actually joked about instating a ban on pineapple as a pizza topping in the past.
#3: Rainbow Colouring
Rainbow foods have been all the rage lately, but one blogger from Oh Bite It created a ‘psychedelic’ unicorn pie that had readers in a fit. Commenters were extremely divided on the dish, which was given its rainbow colours through the use of various food colourings.
#4: Peas and Mayo
Twitter user @FOX152 unleashed a pea and mayo pizza onto the world, and the world responded with a firm no. We don’t blame them!
Tacos are delicious. Pizza is heavenly. Combine the two together and you have… a very strange meal. Tony Boloney’s in Hoboken, NJ, has a Taco Pizza Tuesday special, featuring a 30-pound pizza pie topped with 22 tacos, guacamole, and sour cream. The confusing pies sell for a whopping $80 each.
#6: Tinned Spaghetti
New Zealand’s former Prime Minister Bill English proudly posted a picture of his home-made pizza on Facebook a few years ago. This is nothing unusual – except for the fact that the pizza was topped with canned spaghetti. The PM also enjoys adding ham, pineapple and fresh tomatoes on top of this ghastly Italian fusion cuisine. His top tip is to drain some of the liquid off the pasta before adding it to the pizza.
#7: Peeps Marshmallow Treats
Everyone loves Peeps, but most people feel that a Peeps marshmallow treat pizza (also called a Peepza) is taking things too far. The Peepza debuted in 2010 on Serious Eats editor Adam Kuban’s Slice NY blog, and featured marshmallow chicks and cheese melted together onto a classic pizza base.
#8: Weird Crusts
You’ve probably heard about a few of the weird pizza crust options out there. Pizza Hut’s crusts are stuffed with cheese, KFC Singapore makes them from fried chicken, and keto dieters have even made them out of cauliflower and coconut flour. Even watermelon has not been exempt from the pizza treatment – although the jury is still out on whether that can be considered pizza at all!