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How the Rest of the World Does Pizza

Exploring the differences in food is one of the most fun parts of travel.

Pizza

If you’re from North America and enjoy sinking your teeth into mouth-watering pizza pie, chances are good that you’re familiar with options like pepperoni, meat lovers, and vegetarian. 

According to IBISWorld, the U.S. pizza restaurant market is worth $55.5 billion this year. Clearly, Americans love their pizza. If you’re open to widening your gastronomic horizons and trying new ingredients and flavors, consider how the rest of the world does pizza. 

Continue reading for a look at different pizza options available around the world. If you can’t get these international pizzas from your local pizzeria, try making them yourself in a pizza oven.

Mexico

You’re wrong if you think that Mexican cuisine is limited to tacos and enchiladas. Mexico’s take on pizza is referred to as tlayuda. It doesn’t look like what you might expect at the typical American pizza joint, but it sure looks yummy nonetheless. A tlayuda is made by using a large flour tortilla and topping it with mashed beans, lard, chile sauce, queso, avocado, and different meats. If you’re interested in trying Mexico’s take on pizza and can’t find a pizzeria in your area that makes it, why not take it upon yourself to make one yourself? Find a recipe online and then cook it in your oven or outdoor pizza oven. Using a pizza oven will take your pizza to the next level, so it makes sense to look into getting one. If you love pizza, it’ll be worth the investment.

Thailand 

Do you like Thai food? If you’re looking for pizza with a Thai twist, here you go. On the crust, you’ll need to add a peanut sauce, bean spouts, tofu, chicken, and some scallions. This Asian-inspired pizza is worth trying. It’s certainly different from what you might be used to. It’s also a good option if you want to try a pizza with no cheese. Yes, cheeseless pizza does exist.

Russia

Russia sure has an interesting take on pizza. It’s called Mockba, which actually means Moscow. Mockba is topped with four types of fish, namely, salmon, sardines, mackerel, and tuna. So, if you’re a seafood lover, Mockba is worth trying out. But that’s not all. It also includes raw onions. While many people in the U.S. like their pizza nice and hot, Mockba is served cold. 

India

If you’re a fan of Indian food, give India-inspired pizza a try. Your taste buds will thank you. When you order a pizza with an Indian theme, you’ll get a wide mix of vegetables and spices–things that won’t be a surprise to you if you’re already familiar with Indian food. Toppings like paneer and tandoori chicken help to differentiate Indian pizza from the pack. It’s worth trying.

Australia

Aussie pizza is certainly different from what you will find at most pizza restaurants in the U.S. or elsewhere in the world, for that matter. You can get toppings like fried eggs, BBQ sauce, bacon, and onions on your pizza Down Under. But there are other toppings that give Aussie pizza a distinctive look and taste. Unique toppings include, but are not limited to, crocodile meat, emu meat, and kangaroo meat. It’s certainly different. If you’re the type of person who’ll try anything once, give Aussie pizza a try.

As you can see, there are different pizza options available internationally. It depends on how adventurous you are. But if you love pizza and wish to expand your culinary horizons, you might want to try one or more of the international flavors highlighted above. You might have difficulty finding pizzerias in your neck of the woods with internationally diverse menus. 

But nothing is stopping you from looking online for recipes and whipping up your own pizzas.

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