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Here’s How Pizza Is Different In 7 Countries Around the World

 

We are NOT going to get into which city or country’s pizza is the best or most authentic, because pizza lovers are crazy and I don’t need that drama in my life. So this is an exploration, in no specific order, of how pizza is eaten in different countries around the world. It’s all good.

 

1. Italy

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I could never do justice to Italian pizza in one paragraph, because Italy invented pizza and they take it more seriously than you can imagine. Italian pizza tends to have thin crust and is made from scratch with fresh ingredients. Simplicity is often favored over complicated topping combinations, and toppings might even come in their own little space on the pizza. There usually isn’t as much cheese on Italian pizza as there is on American pizza so as to not overwhelm the other flavors. Italian pizza is, without a doubt, the classiest pizza on the planet.

 

2. USA

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The big pizza rivalry in America is Chicago vs. New York style. Italy may have invented pizza, but America corporatized it and turned it into mass-produced fast food the world over. That can be a compliment or an insult, depending on your feelings towards capitalism and cultural hegemony. NY pizza will have thin crust and is often bought one slice at a time. Chicago pizza is about four inches thick, like some sort of casserole/pizza hybrid. I’m pretty sure we invented vegan pizza, too. I didn’t google that but, like, come on. That had to have been invented in California, right?

 

3. India

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Pizza has become more popular in India over the last 20 years, and Indians like their pizza spicy and full of vegetables. Instead of topping a pizza with sprinkles of parmesan cheese, many pizzas come with packets of oregano. International pizza chains often adapt pizza for an Indian market by using toppings like pickled ginger, tandoori chicken, and paneer cheese.

 

4. Japan

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Japan always keeps things interesting so you KNOW pizza will be no different. Many Japanese pizzas use mayonnaise-based sauces, which kind of makes sense. I used to live in China, and they put mayonnaise on almost all “western” food. I once ordered a fruit salad at a “western” restaurant in Beijing and when it came out, it had mayonnaise on it. So if East Asian countries think Western food = mayo, that says something pretty terrible about Western food. Unique Japanese pizza toppings include corn, squid, honey, seaweed, and clams in the shell.

 

5. Germany

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In Germany, pepperoni pizza means pizza with peppers on it. Just imagine how many Americans come to Germany, order a pepperoni pizza, and then talk really loudly in English to their waiters. “I ASKED FOR PEPPERONI.” “This is pepperoni.” “PEPPERONI PIZZA. DAS PEPPERONI.” Germans also put tuna on pizza, because why not.

 

6. Iceland

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In Iceland, they put bananas on pizza. BANANAS. Other pizza toppings include cream cheese and peanuts, and sometimes pizzas are served with a side of jam.

 

7. Sweden

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In Sweden, they have a thing called the “American pizza”, which is not American, and is barely even a pizza — it’s more pizza with salad and fries on it. There’s also a pizza with pork chops and béarnaise sauce, because one meal at a time is apparently not enough. Scandinavian people are very into pizza, with Norway claiming the honor of being the top pizza eating country in the world! And as someone who has traveled a bit in Sweden and Norway, I feel confident saying that they like pizza so much because it’s much better than traditional Scandinavian food. Now I have to make sure not to read the comments on this article from angry Swedes who will swear that fermented herring is actually very good.

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