Pizza has been around for centuries. Over time, different regions have developed their own unique types of pizza.
There’s thin-crust New York-style pizza and deep-dish Chicago-style pies.
Each region offers something special in terms of flavor and texture.
This, of course, has led to many people arguing over what the best pizza is.
Some are quick to vote for the meat lover’s pizza.
Others insist veggie pizza is the only way to go. Still, others stick with the classics like pepperoni or cheese.
Whichever type of pizza you like best, there’s no denying that each one is delicious.
Let’s look at some popular favorites.
1. Pepperoni Pizza
Let’s start with a classic: pepperoni pizza.
It’s one of the most ordered pizzas, no matter where you get it. People love it, and it’s simple, traditional, and tasty.
It perfectly combines gooey, melted cheese, flavorful sauce, and salty pepperoni.
Ask a classroom full of kids what kind of pizza they want. Most will likely say pepperoni.
After all, why mess with what works?
2. Cheese Pizza
Speaking of simple classics, it’s hard to beat cheese pizza for quick and easy deliciousness.
It’s the go-to pizza when you have a crowd.
Pepperoni lovers will still eat it, but vegetarians can, too.
It has everything a good pizza needs: crust, sauce, and lots and lots of cheese.
It’s a safe choice when you don’t know people’s pizza preferences.
And it ranks high on the list of most-ordered pizzas worldwide.
3. Veggie Pizza
There are always one or two people out there who don’t like pizza “because it’s too greasy.” To them, I say, “Try a veggie pizza!”
Veggie pizza is still pizza, and it’s saucy and cheesy like all the rest.
However, the absence of meat means it’s less greasy than meat-covered pizzas.
Instead, you’ll top it with garden-fresh veggies. Some popular options include:
- Bell peppers
- Banana peppers
- Black olives
- Cherry tomatoes
- Sun-dried tomatoes
Some pizza places even offer rare and exotic veggies. Go wild!
4. BBQ Chicken Pizza
BBQ chicken pizza is a relatively recent addition to the popular pizza menu. It’s only been around for a few decades.
It features thick, robust BBQ sauce and lots of shredded chicken.
It has a sweet and tangy flavor, unlike most other pizzas you’ll try.
BBQ chicken pizza often pops up for Game Day parties and college sporting events.
5. Meat Lovers’ Pizza
The meat lovers’ pizza is the polar opposite of the veggie pizza above.
It typically includes zero veggies and tons of meat.
There will be pepperoni and ham, of course. However, meat lovers’ pizzas also feature other meat types.
(Ground beef, bacon, Italian sausage, etc.)
Occasionally, people will throw a few onions or olives into the mix.
Most of the time, though, they stick strictly to meat.
6. Margherita Pizza
Do you love veggie pizza but want to try something new?
You might enjoy the Margherita pizza. It, too, has a fresh, clean taste and isn’t overly greasy.
Common ingredients on this pizza include the following:
- Fresh mozzarella
If you head to Italy, you’ll find this pizza everywhere. It’s hugely popular over there.
It’s also gaining popularity outside Italy, especially in the United States.
7. Buffalo Pizza
Believe it or not, not everyone likes tomato sauce on their pizza. Tomato sauce isn’t for everyone.
That might be why people started using buffalo sauce instead.
Buffalo pizzas typically come with chicken as the primary source of meat, but not always.
You can use whatever toppings you like on a buffalo pizza.
Whichever toppings you choose, it’s bound to be spicy, saucy, and a little bit salty.
It’s an interesting choice for sure.
8. Hawaiian Pizza
Ah, the ever-raging debate: Do pineapples belong on pizza? Plenty of people think so.
(Sorry, pineapple haters, I’m in the pro-pineapple camp.)
Pineapple doesn’t taste great on every kind of pizza. I wouldn’t add it to BBQ chicken pie, for example.
But on a Hawaiian pizza with ham and pineapple, it tastes great.
It gives you the perfect balance of sweet, savory, and salty. As my dad always said, “Don’t knock it till you try it.”
9. Supreme Pizza
The supreme pizza is like a mix between meat lovers’ and veggie pizzas. It has loads of both.
Typically, supreme pizzas come with the following toppings:
- Italian sausage
- Green peppers
- Black olives
It’s a nice mix of meat and veggies. Plus, it has cheese and tomato sauce, of course.
10. The Works Pizza
If you think the supreme pizza is heavily loaded, wait until you try “the works.”
Usually, it comes with everything that’s on the supreme pizza, and more.
When you tell a pizza place you want “the works,” they’ll give you everything.
If they have it in their available toppings, they’ll load it on your pizza.
This can add three or four additional types of meat and a slew of extra veggies. Just be careful if you’re picky.
You might find your “works” pizza comes with pineapples and anchovies!
11. New York-Style Pizza
These last three pizzas are simply pizza styles.
In other words, you can get just about any of the pizzas above done New York- or Chicago-style.
It’s more about how the pizza is made.
New York-style pizzas are massive. They have giant slices, typically made with a thinner crust.
It makes them perfect for folding and chowing down on. The crust is usually very crispy, too.
As for toppings, you can have whatever you like.
Ask for New York-style pepperoni, New York-style cheese, or New York-style meat lovers’.
Most of the time, you also receive an ample supply of condiments with New York-style pizzas.
Garlic powder, parmesan, red pepper flakes, and oregano are all standard.
12. Chicago Deep Dish Pizza
On the other hand, Chicago pizzerias don’t know the meaning of thin crust.
You’ll almost certainly receive a deep-dish pizza if you order a Chicago-style pizza.
Chicago deep dish dates back to the early 1900s and has thick, raised edges.
Plus, all the “toppings” are inside the pizza, with the robust sauce on top and cheese on the bottom.
As with New York-style pizza, you can order a Chicago deep dish with any “toppings” you like.
The standard ingredients list, though, includes the following:
- Tomatoes or tomato sauce
- Green peppers
- Italian sausage
- Ground beef
13. Greek-Style Pizza
Greek-style pizza is the happy medium between New York thin crust and Chicago deep dish.
It features a thicker, puffier, and chewier crust with a deep-fried bottom.
In most cases, the sauce takes priority over the cheese. The pizzas have both, of course, but they’re heavier on the sauce.
The sauce also has a somewhat unique flavor. It’s tangy and savory with lots of oregano.
Toppings vary depending on who is eating the pizza. However, it’s common to find Greek ingredients like feta.
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