If you are like a good portion of pizza lovers, pizza night at your house means you call in an order to the local pizza place for a few of your usual pies–loaded down with things like ham and pineapple, an array of meats, a smorgasbord of veggies, or just plain cheese. If you make your way to some specialty pizza restaurants or even an Italian restaurant with pizza on the menu, you might be a little surprised at just how many seemingly odd things you can have put on your pizza pie.
Before you crinkle your knows in distrust at every oddball option of a topping, you might want to give a few of them a shot. Take a look at some of these toppings you might just love at first bite.
Hot Dogs - Now this one sounds completely off the wall to many, but is worth a shot for sure. This trend started showing up in Japan with mini hot dogs baked right into the crust and similar ideas have shown up in the United States. Pair this topping with similar things you may find on a dressed up hot dog, such as American cheese, onions, and diced tomatoes, and you have yourself a decked out hot dog atop a savory crust instead of a bun.
Eggs - You may have eaten breakfast pizza, but these treats are most often far from real pizza you would normally find at a restaurant. Turns out, eggs are a pretty good choice to stick on the tops of a golden pizza crust, especially when the eggs are accompanied by julienned peppers, mushrooms, cheese, and other omelet-related favorites. The egg is less of a stand-alone topping and more one that should be experienced in collaboration of other savory veggies and gooey cheese, but deserves recognition as delicious just the same.
Seafood - Cocktail shrimp, halibut pieces, lobster and crab meat, and even caviar on a pizza? Head to a coastal pizzeria and this may be just what you find on the menu. Even though seafood on a pizza may sound a really weird thing, imagine the seafood paired with savory white sauce instead of marinara, topped with a blend of pungently beautiful cheeses, and laid out on a garlic-tinged buttery golden crust. If this is not your idea of pizza, it is still worth props as a culinary treat you are sure to enjoy.
Next time you visit a restaurant like Original Italian Pizza Pa, keep some of these ideas in mind.