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leethebard

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Most unusual toppings???? Fri, 01/20/12 4:08 PM (permalink)
As many of you know by now, Pizza is my passion. I have talked about the many pies I've tried around the world in other threads on this site. I've had potato pizza in Rome...poached egg on a pizza in Florence...and things like 5 mushroom pizza, spinach pizza, brocolli rabe pizza, asparagas,artichoke heart...etc....etc. I loved a pie in Amsterdam with grated Edam and Gouda cheese. Still make it that way sometimes. Let's share experiences...Any unusual pies you've tried...and where!!
 
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    MetroplexJim

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    Re:Most unusual toppings???? Fri, 01/20/12 4:46 PM (permalink)
    The first time I saw it I thought pineapple was highly "unusual".  Now, 30 years later, it is one of my favorites.
     
    The same goes for the pork BBQ Mario's Pizza House (Arlington, VA) has as an available topping.  It rocks! 
     
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      Greymo

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      Re:Most unusual toppings???? Fri, 01/20/12 4:57 PM (permalink)
      My friend and I had a  smoked provolone cheese and anchovie pizza  a couple of nights ago.  It was terrific.
       
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        Greymo

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        Re:Most unusual toppings???? Fri, 01/20/12 5:09 PM (permalink)
        I  cannot believe it but I forgot this great pizza that we shared at Wolfgang Puck's in Orlando last month.  It was smoked salmon, cream cheese and chives and really good.
         
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          leethebard

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          Re:Most unusual toppings???? Fri, 01/20/12 5:14 PM (permalink)
          I noticed a lot more pineapple pizza on the west coast.....not bad, especially if on quality dough....but not a favorite of mine. However the Pork barebcue and the Wolfgang Puck pie sound like keepers!!
           
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            leethebard

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            Re:Most unusual toppings???? Fri, 01/20/12 6:26 PM (permalink)
            ConspiracyDog


            Pesto sauce, diced roma tomatoes and pineapple.


            Hold the pineapple, and I'll take one...Pesto pizza is delicious!! A pizza with lots of fresh basil leaves and sliced Mozzerela is to die for!!!
             
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              mar52

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              Re:Most unusual toppings???? Fri, 01/20/12 6:31 PM (permalink)
              Apricot dessert pizza that had canned apricot halves, brown sugar and butter.  It might have had marshmallow cream.  It was probably 30 years ago.
               
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                leethebard

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                Re:Most unusual toppings???? Fri, 01/20/12 7:37 PM (permalink)
                I forgot dessert pizzas. There's a place in Toms River, New Jersey, called Tuscan House that has a menu of dessert pizzas.....nice idea. The one you had sounds great!
                 
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                  jman

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                  Re:Most unusual toppings???? Fri, 01/20/12 7:53 PM (permalink)
                  leethebard


                  ConspiracyDog


                  Pesto sauce, diced roma tomatoes and pineapple.


                  Hold the pineapple, and I'll take one...Pesto pizza is delicious!! A pizza with lots of fresh basil leaves and sliced Mozzerela is to die for!!!

                  I heard that Pizza Hut has a pizza with your name on it.
                   
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                    joerogo

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                    Re:Most unusual toppings???? Fri, 01/20/12 8:02 PM (permalink)
                    When it comes to pizza, I'm a traditionalist.  Sauce, light cheese, herbs(basilico, origano), spices(S & P), finito!
                     
                     
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                      6star

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                      Re:Most unusual toppings???? Fri, 01/20/12 8:45 PM (permalink)
                      Canadian Bacon and Sauerkraut (the Happy Joe's Special) at Happy Joe's Pizza & Ice Cream (a midwestern chain with 49 stores in Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota, Missouri , North Dakota & Wisconsin).  http://www.happyjoes.com/
                      Delicious!
                       
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                        leethebard

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                        Re:Most unusual toppings???? Fri, 01/20/12 9:04 PM (permalink)
                        jman


                        leethebard


                        ConspiracyDog


                        Pesto sauce, diced roma tomatoes and pineapple.


                        Hold the pineapple, and I'll take one...Pesto pizza is delicious!! A pizza with lots of fresh basil leaves and sliced Mozzerela is to die for!!!

                        I heard that Pizza Hut has a pizza with your name on it.

                        I would bet it's poisoned...oh wait,their pizza is always poison!!
                         
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                          sk bob

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                          Re:Most unusual toppings???? Fri, 01/20/12 11:04 PM (permalink)
                          Greymo


                          My friend and I had a  smoked provolone cheese and anchovie pizza  a couple of nights ago.  It was terrific.


                          OOOOHHH YYEEAAHH!!!!!!
                          now we're talkin'
                           
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                            mar52

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                            Re:Most unusual toppings???? Sat, 01/21/12 12:11 AM (permalink)
                            I've been ordering a white pizza from a place in Culver City.  It has mounds of ricotta on top and lots of Parmesan.  There is probably one or two other cheeses on it and good olive oil.
                             
                            Once I get it I add lots of garlic powder and a sprinkling of crushed red pepper.
                             
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                              californyguy

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                              Re:Most unusual toppings???? Sat, 01/21/12 2:24 AM (permalink)
                              There is a place called Decarlos in West Virginia where the toppings are not unusual  but the way they are added is....ie  the pepperoni is thrown on after the pizza ( another odd thing, it is little squares) are cooked..very strange stuff  
                               
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                                leethebard

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                                Re:Most unusual toppings???? Sat, 01/21/12 7:52 AM (permalink)
                                californyguy


                                There is a place called Decarlos in West Virginia where the toppings are not unusual  but the way they are added is....ie  the pepperoni is thrown on after the pizza ( another odd thing, it is little squares) are cooked..very strange stuff  


                                Might be an interesting idea for some things..but not others
                                 
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                                  bartl

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                                  Re:Most unusual toppings???? Sat, 01/21/12 1:08 PM (permalink)
                                  leethebard
                                    I loved a pie in Amsterdam with grated Edam and Gouda cheese. Still make it that way sometimes. Let's share experiences...Any unusual pies you've tried...and where!!

                                  Going off topic a bit: When my family was living in Amsterdam in the late 60's, the only pizzeria in the city was in the Red Light District. Was that the one you went to?
                                   
                                  Gouda cheese is rather interesting; in the Netherlands, it is sold at three ages. The young gouda is very much like mozzarella, the middle one is very much like cheddar, and the old one is very much like parmesan. I became quite fond of aged edam (kind of difficult to find in the United States) while I was there, but I wouldn't think of it going well on pizza.
                                   
                                  Bart
                                   
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                                    leethebard

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                                    Re:Most unusual toppings???? Sat, 01/21/12 4:51 PM (permalink)
                                    bartl


                                    leethebard
                                      I loved a pie in Amsterdam with grated Edam and Gouda cheese. Still make it that way sometimes. Let's share experiences...Any unusual pies you've tried...and where!!

                                    Going off topic a bit: When my family was living in Amsterdam in the late 60's, the only pizzeria in the city was in the Red Light District. Was that the one you went to?

                                    Gouda cheese is rather interesting; in the Netherlands, it is sold at three ages. The young gouda is very much like mozzarella, the middle one is very much like cheddar, and the old one is very much like parmesan. I became quite fond of aged edam (kind of difficult to find in the United States) while I was there, but I wouldn't think of it going well on pizza.

                                    Bart

                                    I don't remember exactly where...it was about 20 years ago...but it wasn't in the Red Light district...
                                     
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                                      FriedClamFanatic

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                                      Re:Most unusual toppings???? Sat, 01/21/12 9:21 PM (permalink)
                                      If you're in the RI or SEMA area, a pizza with Portuguese Linguica or Chourico (pronounced Cho-rese) on it will keep you from ever enjoying pepperoni again! And you can sometimes find places that do small baby clams (usually hard-shelled) on a pie, but not my favorite way to eat them
                                       
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                                        dews

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                                        Re:Most unusual toppings???? Tue, 01/24/12 11:28 PM (permalink)
                                        A Super Yooper. Whitefish and perch on a thick crust with a light alfredo sauce, thin sliced potatoes ( sorry rutabegas just dont work here ) , parmesian cheese and a little buffalo mozz. Washed down with half a dozen Molsen Ex. Life is worth living again, if the Wings win.
                                         
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                                          DawnT

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                                          Re:Most unusual toppings???? Wed, 01/25/12 1:19 AM (permalink)
                                          Here in Miami, you can get an authenic "Cuban Pizza" like you would have gotten during pre-Castro Cuba up to the late 50's. It's a bit different then the Pizza's you'd be used to in the states from the crust,sauce, to the toppings that can include Chorizo, Picadillo, Shrimp, even Plantains. The cheese can be either a blend of Mozz and Gouda, Shredded Gouda, or Manchego.
                                           
                                           I haven't been to any of the local places since the kids left the nest over 10 years ago, but Rey's and Montes de Oca used to be the big ones around here and I hear that there are upscale Cuban pizza places now on Miami Beach that have become popular.
                                           
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                                            Michael Hoffman

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                                            Re:Most unusual toppings???? Wed, 01/25/12 3:17 AM (permalink)
                                            I'm with Rogo.
                                             
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                                              ScreamingChicken

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                                              Re:Most unusual toppings???? Wed, 01/25/12 9:12 AM (permalink)
                                              Dawn, the Cuban pizza sounds interesting...well, except for the plantains.  What characteristics make the crust and sauce unique?
                                               
                                              Brad
                                               
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                                                doggydaddy

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                                                Re:Most unusual toppings???? Wed, 01/25/12 12:27 PM (permalink)
                                                FriedClamFanatic


                                                If you're in the RI or SEMA area, a pizza with Portuguese Linguica or Chourico (pronounced Cho-rese) on it will keep you from ever enjoying pepperoni again! And you can sometimes find places that do small baby clams (usually hard-shelled) on a pie, but not my favorite way to eat them

                                                 
                                                Both of those sausages came to my mind when I saw the topic. Both are popular in S.F. and Hawaii, and as I have lived in both places, I miss their flavor.
                                                 
                                                mark
                                                 
                                                 
                                                 
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                                                  DawnT

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                                                  Re:Most unusual toppings???? Wed, 01/25/12 12:39 PM (permalink)
                                                  The sauce as I remember had the unmistakable taste of a sofrito base used in just about anyting Cuban cooked in a pot.  You could see chunks of onion and green pepper in it with the same hints of cumin,garlic,bay leaf and oregano and spanish style tomato sauce.  The crust is very bready and chewy rather then a dense or crispy crust that you'd get with a strong/high protien dough and had a hint of cuban bread taste. I would assume lard is used in the dough along with HR or AP flour. It's been a while and I  haven't had one since about '99 and things may have changed with all of the health/PC issues.
                                                   
                                                   
                                                   
                                                  <message edited by DawnT on Wed, 01/25/12 12:42 PM>
                                                   
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                                                    rebeltruce

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                                                    Re:Most unusual toppings???? Wed, 01/25/12 12:48 PM (permalink)
                                                    MetroplexJim


                                                    The first time I saw it I thought pineapple was highly "unusual".  Now, 30 years later, it is one of my favorites.

                                                    The same goes for the pork BBQ Mario's Pizza House (Arlington, VA) has as an available topping.  It rocks! 


                                                    Ahhhhh...Mario's. While sausage isn't so unusual.....Mario's puts an entire sausage patty on each square slice, kinda unusual. The BBQ pizza has a full scoop of pulled pork......My usual is plain or pepperoni though.
                                                     
                                                    I've had pizza in Japan with canned corn as a topping.....that was unusual to me.
                                                     
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                                                      leethebard

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                                                      Re:Most unusual toppings???? Wed, 01/25/12 1:04 PM (permalink)
                                                      I've seen poizza with corn niblets in the states. Rare though.
                                                       
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                                                        drummagick

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                                                        Re:Most unusual toppings???? Wed, 01/25/12 6:01 PM (permalink)
                                                        FriedClamFanatic


                                                        If you're in the RI or SEMA area, a pizza with Portuguese Linguica or Chourico (pronounced Cho-rese) on it will keep you from ever enjoying pepperoni again! And you can sometimes find places that do small baby clams (usually hard-shelled) on a pie, but not my favorite way to eat them

                                                         
                                                        In the early 80s I had a pizza in the Bay Area of CA with linguica on it,  it was one of the best pizzas I've ever had.
                                                         
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                                                          joerogo

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                                                          Re:Most unusual toppings???? Wed, 01/25/12 7:54 PM (permalink)
                                                          Michael Hoffman

                                                          I'm with Rogo.

                                                           
                                                          Unless I'm traveling across Connecticut ...Then I want a clam pie!
                                                           
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                                                            Michael Hoffman

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                                                            Re:Most unusual toppings???? Wed, 01/25/12 7:58 PM (permalink)
                                                            joerogo


                                                            Michael Hoffman

                                                            I'm with Rogo.


                                                            Unless I'm traveling across Connecticut ...Then I want a clam pie!

                                                            Heck, I grew up eating at Frank Pepe's and I never did care for the clam pie.
                                                             
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