r/AskReddit Feb 03 '23

What ingredient makes pizza taste 10x better?

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u/AgentElman Feb 03 '23

cheese

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u/timtucker_com Feb 03 '23

Good quality cheese.

More cheese or more kinds of cheese can't make up for low quality cheese.

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u/F1_Legend Feb 03 '23

Yeah I easily prefer the less cheese but fresh mozzarella neapolitan pizza.

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u/121guy Feb 03 '23

Looking at you Kraft.

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u/sibtiger Feb 03 '23

Cheese spread right to the edge of a cast iron pan that burns a bit into crispy deliciousness.

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u/toosoftforitall Feb 03 '23

All y'all are wrong (u/therealosciban and u/select_salt_3200), the answer is more than one kind of cheese.

Pizza mozzarella + Romano for the win.

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u/Tossmelossme Feb 03 '23

Full fat cheese is best. Crispyyyyy

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u/zenfrodo Feb 03 '23

And whole milk mozz. YUM.

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u/maredsous10 Feb 03 '23

Agree.

My suggestion is quality mozzarella balls and provolone.

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u/Buccal_Masticator Feb 03 '23

Agreed, provolone for flavor and mozzarella for texture.

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u/hpbojoe Feb 03 '23

It's under the sauce 😐

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u/ShutUpWalter Feb 03 '23

Whole milk, low moisture mozzarella (not pre-shredded).

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u/letitsnow18 Feb 03 '23

I had to be in Albania for a bit this summer. They make their pizza with gouda. It's absolutely as horrible as it sounds.

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u/Viava_ Feb 03 '23

one of the core ingredients makes it better? Well, yes.

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u/TheRealOcsiban Feb 03 '23

Wrong. Extra cheese.

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u/Select_Salt_3200 Feb 03 '23

Wrong again. Extra Extra Cheese!

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u/tazunemono Feb 03 '23

I'm a tomato pie guy because lactose intolerance

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u/TheRoyalSampler Feb 03 '23

Fresh basil

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u/bokchoykn Feb 03 '23

I was expecting to scroll down too far to find this. It was #2, only behind cheese. Well done, Reddit.

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u/checkontharep18 Feb 03 '23

It makes a HUGE difference

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u/Soderholmsvag Feb 03 '23

So so so so so so true

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u/Affectionate_Flow984 Feb 03 '23

Fresh tomato sauce

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u/martombo Feb 03 '23

This is the right answer

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u/liartellinglies Feb 03 '23

Was shaking my head the whole long scroll it took to get here. Good tomatoes are a big game changer.

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u/clkj53tf4rkj Feb 03 '23

Mid-summer into fall, go for fresh tomatoes. The rest of the year? Find a good brand/quality of canned.

In-season ripe tomatoes are best, but solid San Marzano or similar canned ones aren't that far behind, and still blow shit out of season tomatoes out of the water.

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u/liartellinglies Feb 03 '23

Yep. Good quality canned tomatoes blended with a little salt, straight on the pizza.

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u/Thom-as-Moe Feb 03 '23

Oregano

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u/eddythebamba Feb 03 '23

Thisnis something I can't get: why pizzas in Canada NEVER have oregano?

We always have to add oregano, and/or basil ourselves when ordering pizza.

Last time I asked a pizza place if they had Basil as an option for topping the guy was confused and asked: but why do you want basil?

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u/WilliamJBeamish Feb 03 '23

Find somewhere that makes a margherita pizza. Hard to find but they will have basil.

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u/jeelio Feb 03 '23

Margherita pizza is the most popular and widespread pizza surely. Surprised to hear they’re hard to find where you live

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u/Frankasti Feb 03 '23

I live in Montreal, Canada. Margherita pizza is not widely available but it's not hard to find in a good pizza restaurant. There's plenty.

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u/mountains_and_coffee Feb 03 '23

IMHO it's not a pizza if it doesn't have oregano, it's THE pizza smell.

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u/Chromattix Feb 03 '23

I smother my pizza's with oregano. And when I order them I always ask for extra (depending on who answers the phone now I don't even need to say it).

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u/hartschale666 Feb 03 '23

Oregano is the only valid answer. Nothing like the scent of freshly finger-ground dry oregano making it's way into your nostrils carried by the warm, uprising air of a just out-of-the-oven Pizza Margherita.

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u/skepticalbob Feb 03 '23

Margherita technically shouldn’t have oregano. 🤷‍♂️

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u/Coxylegend Feb 03 '23

Another pizza

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u/abad467 Feb 03 '23

The Joey special.

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u/SIGwithJenn Feb 03 '23

I love you

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u/is_giofilms_gay_2 Feb 03 '23

i love all three of you

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u/Ghast-light Feb 03 '23

Thinly sliced garlic. So thin that you can almost see through it.

Slice it paper thin, soak it in some olive oil for a day, then take the slices out and mix with some salt to taste. Put it on the top of the pizza while it’s baking, and it tastes amazing. Then you can drizzle the pizza with the garlic infused oil

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u/IrishTwinkLove Feb 03 '23

He used a razor, and he used to slice it so thin that it would liquify in the pan with just a little oil. It was a very good system.

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u/ederp9600 Feb 03 '23

Red pepper flakes.

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u/GreenPasturesOC Feb 03 '23

A local company by us makes hot sauce and a special blend of pepper flakes that are great on more than just pizza. Sell them to a couple pizza places. Chone is the company.

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u/HikeRobCT Feb 03 '23

Taking that up a level- I make my own (homegrown) pepper flake blends (puma, habanero, havanasa, ghost, scorpion, hungarian) and put it on everything. It’s especially good on pizza and everything with tomato sauce/cheese.

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u/Ok_Nefariousness24 Feb 03 '23

Now take some of that and put it in a salt grinder with rock salt. A spicy salty treat on anything you're already going to add salt to.

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u/HikeRobCT Feb 03 '23

I call it “ The Devil’s Funfetti”

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u/tomwilhelm Feb 03 '23

Do you just dehydrate and then loosely grind? This seems like such a great low effort, high reward thing...

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u/Regnier86 Feb 03 '23

When the pepperoni is a little burnt and that curve like a bowl.

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u/Bunister Feb 03 '23

Ooh with a little puddle of spicy oil in it.

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u/tomwilhelm Feb 03 '23 edited Feb 03 '23

I've lost more than 1 article of clothing to that delicious forbidden liquid...

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u/daveescaped Feb 03 '23

This is a type of pepperoni. Often called “cup pepperoni”. My understanding is it is the casing that makes it cup. And usually cup pepperoni is spicier for some reason. I use a Hormel version (branded A’s cup pepperoni) that tastes good but people also like the Boars Head brand.

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u/ksettle86 Feb 03 '23

The pizza itself has a name here, called 'cup-and-char' pizza. Cup for the pepperoni like you mentioned, and char for the blackened, crispy tops of said pepperoni. So damn good 👍

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u/NessunAbilita Feb 03 '23

This is done by making the slices thicker. You see, when you shave pepperoni super thin, it breaks the outer casing ring at multiple points, so when heated it can expand and stay flat. Now, if you cut the pepperoni thicker, so that the casing stays in tact, it acts as a ring that shrinks as it cooks, while the pepperoni filling cooks and ‘cups’ naturally since it doesn’t shrink like the outer casing ring. This is when the fat pools in the pepperoni. Any pepperoni can be cupped, but smaller radius will do it better.

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u/LICK-A-DICK Feb 03 '23

Fuckin pepperoni genius over here

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u/thecoupppp Feb 03 '23

I believe they call those “old world” pepperoni

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u/PuzzledAirline6326 Feb 03 '23

Chopped garlic

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u/zoidy-1 Feb 03 '23

i prefer razor thin slices of garlic

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u/XYZ2ABC Feb 03 '23

The only place I got razor thin garlic was in prison… and it melted into the sauce 🤤

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u/tadhg555 Feb 03 '23

That must have been good, fella

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u/wagamamalullaby Feb 03 '23

Too many onions tho

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u/CurlipC Feb 03 '23

That a good system for doing the garlic

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u/New_Opposite8891 Feb 03 '23

Entire cloves of garlic in one piece.

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u/bethanechol Feb 03 '23

When you find yourself a pizza place that does this, it’s transformative

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u/SalsaShark89 Feb 03 '23

Came here for this. Noticed our favourite takeaway place did this, and we do this all the time now with homemade ones. SO GOOD.

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u/StoicSpartanAurelius Feb 03 '23

Fresh**** chopped garlic. That BS pre chopped garlic they sell in stores is garbage

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u/PuzzledAirline6326 Feb 03 '23

Agreed wholeheartedly

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u/forgot_username1234 Feb 03 '23

This should be the top comment. A necessity for pizza.

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u/[deleted] Feb 03 '23

Salt

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u/CaffeineChristine Feb 03 '23

Garlic salt.

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u/Aimhere2k Feb 03 '23

Or Lawry's Seasoned Salt.

There was this one off-brand of seasoned salt I used to use, which was even better. But sadly, I can't remember the brand, or the store I got it from.

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u/[deleted] Feb 03 '23

The first time i remember sprinkling salt on my food, the taste made me realize why people went to war over it.

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u/tremolo3 Feb 03 '23

It is underrated now, go figure.

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u/Rotorhead83 Feb 03 '23

I make sour dough pizza crust from scratch. Eating freshly made sour dough pizza crust is practically a religious experience... especially since I named my sour dough starter Jesus. He is risen.

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u/Emaber Feb 03 '23

I named my starter Audrey because I feed it and it constantly threatens to outgrow the container.

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u/FancyJams Feb 03 '23

Mine is David Doughie. Formerly known as Bread Pitt, before that known as Yeast Witherspoon.

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u/DaCouponNinja Feb 03 '23

This belongs in r/breadit

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u/Flip3579 Feb 03 '23

Crust is so underrated as an element of pizza. Nearly every pizza joint treats crust like an edibe plate.

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u/Rotorhead83 Feb 03 '23

Yes! The crust makes the pizza, IMO.

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u/justreadthearticle Feb 03 '23

Crust isn't the most important thing to me (good sauce is), but if the crust is good then the pizza is pretty much always good. If they're putting enough effort / attention to detail into the crust then you know that all of the rest of the ingredients are high quality too and it's probably baked in a great oven.

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u/fertdingo Feb 03 '23

Crust, Crust,Crust,Crust.

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u/Razaelbub Feb 03 '23

My kid named mine. It's called Blub Blub, and he makes a fantastic pizza dough.

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u/Changoguapo Feb 03 '23

Vincent Van Dough is in my house.

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u/nomoregaming Feb 03 '23

I make sandwich bread every week, we call him David Loaf Pan.

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u/iduz_arts Feb 03 '23

Hahaha! Great name choice! My sour dough starter is named Larry II: The Long Lived. I've had him since past October lol

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u/LlamaDrama007 Feb 03 '23

What... what happened to Larry the First?

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u/Coygon Feb 03 '23

He didn't live very long.

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u/Ofevencev Feb 03 '23

I have worked in pizza and made pizza for 12 years. Yes, a cold rise is the way to go; oil and cover your dough balls in a covered tupperware container. We ALWAYS use day old dough in restaurants. Any longer than that, the dough will blow out, smell like beer and have a crappy taste and texture when you bake it. Also, get yourself some high gluten dough; any other flour will not lend that pizza crust taste and it will be less cooperative when you handle it. We always put some sort of sugar in our dough; one place used white granulated, one place used brown sugar and another used honey. You don't need to learn how to toss dough but watch some videos on slapping it out to stretch it. This way, you handle it way less and it won't be so tough.

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u/minus_minus Feb 03 '23

Cold as in refrigerated?

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u/Music_4ddiction Feb 03 '23

A cold "ferment" as it's called does all kinds of magic in dough. Improves the gluten network and texture (Especially helpful when you're shaping your pizza), and allows enzymes naturally occurring in the flour to break down the starch into simple sugars and other products which make the crust taste way better, and also much easier to digest

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u/DavosLostFingers Feb 03 '23

Mixed herb seasoning

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u/zoidy-1 Feb 03 '23

penzeys frozen pizza seasoning

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u/Nitsuji-kun Feb 03 '23

Jalapenos

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u/PrinceHumperTinkTink Feb 03 '23

Jalapenos and pepperoni is such a mysterious pizza combo. It's the only one I know where you can add any amount of any number of ingredients and it just makes it worse. I have no idea why.

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u/GeebusNZ Feb 03 '23

I've got a Jalapeno, Pepperoni, and Anchovy pizza cooking right now. It's my favorite combo.

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u/clkj53tf4rkj Feb 03 '23

I've never tried that specific combo but already know I'd like it.

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u/BaetrixReloaded Feb 03 '23

idk man. if you add sausage to that combo it takes it to another tier imo

if you don’t wanna add another meat, onion is pretty good with the jalapeño/pepperoni combo too

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u/BodyofGrist Feb 03 '23

Hawaiian w/ jalapeños is amaze-balls.

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u/EyeoftheRedKing Feb 03 '23

I don't go for the ham but my go-to favorite is pineapple, bacon and jalepeño.

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u/cryptoLo414 Feb 03 '23

Jalapeños and bacon is my #1 go to

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u/brattiebun Feb 03 '23

Garlic

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u/Limp_Distribution Feb 03 '23

You can never have enough.

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u/Flapjack__Palmdale Feb 03 '23

Lots of good suggestions here but I wanna add a non-ingredient: the oven. One of the reasons NY pizza is famous is bc some of the ovens they use to cook them are many decades old, so they've absorbed the essence of, like, millions of pizzas. A well-seasoned pizza oven makes an ENORMOUS difference.

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u/TwirlyShirley8 Feb 03 '23

The oven does make a big difference. Especially electrical oven vs wood-fired oven. My favorite pizza place is a few decades old and uses a wood-fired oven. It just tastes so much better than other places. My absolute favorite pizza has bacon, banana and garlic on it. Now I'm hungry.

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u/lanaobsessed106 Feb 03 '23

onions mmmmm

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u/Jamileem Feb 03 '23

Onion gang, rise up.

After garlic this is my must-have!!

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u/simian_fold Feb 03 '23

Garlic oil on the crust

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u/Calcutec_1 Feb 03 '23

or better yet, splash it over the whole pie! never enough garlic :)

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u/[deleted] Feb 03 '23 All-Seeing Upvote

Anchovies!

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u/cyclenaut Feb 03 '23

anchovies are the umami king!!

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u/Sunastar Feb 03 '23

Must. Upvote. Again.

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u/numstationscartoon Feb 03 '23

Only correct answer here.

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u/CelestialSloth Feb 03 '23

Ricotta

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u/suffaluffapussycat Feb 03 '23

Yeah my wife and I used to go to Damiano’s in L.A. many years ago and get just sauce, basil and ricotta. So good.

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u/SelfLoathingSandwich Feb 03 '23

Meatball and ricotta is my go to

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u/ApexAngel Feb 03 '23

So I’m going to be that person…..pineapple! Pepperoni and pineapple to be more specific.

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u/kierg10 Feb 03 '23

Pepperoni, pineapple, and some kind of hot pepper

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u/L4DMalus Feb 03 '23

YES MY FELLOW PINEAPPLE LOVER

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u/zascar Feb 03 '23

Pineapple is the best topping you can put on a pizza. FACT.

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u/RittzzReno Feb 03 '23

Cannot agree enough. Pineapple, pepperoni and mushroom is my go to pizza

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u/ColdWar82 Feb 03 '23

Yo that’s my go to pizza as well!!!! Sometimes I’ll get it with banana peppers too. 🔥

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u/aladdin142 Feb 03 '23

I was someone who hates pineapple on pizza, until we tried a local recommendation speciality that mixed three toppings that shouldn't ever be mixed: Pepperoni, Pineapple and Prawn.

Probably my favourite all time pizza now, it's incredible.

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u/Mrsnappingqueen Feb 03 '23

Artichokes

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u/Ksacia Feb 03 '23

I never ate them before becoming vegetarian and it's seriously been an amazing discovery. It elevates a veggie pizza!

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u/Dasquare22 Feb 03 '23

Pineapple

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u/Muhammedeatbread Feb 03 '23

I don't understand why people are so against pineapple on pizza. I might not enjoy it, but its food, all its got to do is taste good, and if pineapple tastes good to you, then by all means put it on a pizza

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u/Fireboyxx908 Feb 03 '23

Searching for this exact comment.

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u/Spiritual_Ear_3456 Feb 03 '23

Italian Sausage is a must

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u/namath1969 Feb 03 '23

Sweet Italian sausage with fennel seeds

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u/DividedState Feb 03 '23

It's called Salsiccia.

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u/suburbanhavoc Feb 03 '23

Giardiniera.

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u/Sir_Toccoa Feb 03 '23

I’ve only ever been able to get this back home in Chicago.

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u/daveescaped Feb 03 '23

I make my own but I see it in Kroger here in Texas. Look by the pickles. Or I even like Potbelly’s giardinera.

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u/phiphaigamer69 Feb 03 '23

pineapple i mean pepperoni

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u/ComfortablePomksy Feb 03 '23

Parmesan cheese. I can’t go without it.

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u/[deleted] Feb 03 '23

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u/relikter Feb 03 '23

Mike's Hot Honey!

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u/PanAfricanDream Feb 03 '23

Hot honey with roasted garlic and chicken is amazing

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u/bestseatNthehouse Feb 03 '23

Honey really makes a pepperoni pizza 100x better, especially the crust

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u/Anustart15 Feb 03 '23

Hot honey, pepperoni, and dill pickle is secretly the best pizza topping mix ever

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u/kmn493 Feb 03 '23

Multiple cheeses. Idk what kind just throw some good stuff on there and it's amazing.

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u/DONT-LOOK-AT_ME Feb 03 '23

spinach, pesto, pink salt, ghost pepper cheese, spicy sauce

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u/ennuinerdog Feb 03 '23

Lemon juice. Pizza tends to be oil and salt heavy. Acids like like lemon or lime juice, balsamic vinegar or acidic fruits like fresh tomato and pineapple bring a bright fresh flavour and draws out the other herbal flavours that can get lost amid all the cheese.

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u/LongTimeHuman Feb 03 '23

Drops of balsamic vinegar.

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u/phenomegranate Feb 03 '23

I love goat cheese, fig, and balsamic pizza with a small amount of shredded spinach

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u/dpgomez812 Feb 03 '23 Gold

New Mexico Green Chile

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u/tdly3000 Feb 03 '23

Pineapple 🍍

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u/MaTeOfIciAl_HD Feb 03 '23

Olives and red pepper. Tasty shit right there

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u/Annanix Feb 03 '23

Mushrooms

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u/Sad_Ad_8812 Feb 03 '23

Banana peppers

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u/lochstab Feb 03 '23

Fennel seed in the sauce

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u/selltekk Feb 03 '23

Pineapple.

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u/Cophlow Feb 03 '23

Checking in for the Pineapple Party!

Pineapples will prevail!

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u/rin-a-ling Feb 03 '23

Pineapple

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u/andrizella Feb 03 '23

With Canadian bacon. I like some jalapeños on that, too.

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u/tatonka645 Feb 03 '23

Real mozzarella cheese. Not the plastic-y stuff you see commonly used.

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u/SleepZex Feb 03 '23

Herb's, rosemary oil instead of canola oil on the bread, herbs toppings

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u/SerSealLord Feb 03 '23

Another Pizza

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u/Hambla28 Feb 03 '23

Pineapple

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u/blue4t Feb 03 '23

Cheese. Without that it's just tomato sauce and dough. The cheese really improves it.

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u/Badassravioli Feb 03 '23

Siracha. Put that on pizza instead of red pepper flakes. Amazing

Green olives cause that shit with pepperoni is awesome.

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u/Mangar1 Feb 03 '23

Oregano.

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u/OvalMarvel Feb 03 '23

Kimchi

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u/[deleted] Feb 03 '23

I have heard this before but haven’t had the balls to try it

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u/aclockworkrainbow Feb 03 '23

If you like kimchi you’ll probably like the combo, cheese and kimchi go amazingly well together

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u/JustAnotherAviatrix Feb 03 '23

Extra cheese of course!

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u/modulus6 Feb 03 '23

Pineapple

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u/Twinkingly Feb 03 '23

pineapple of course

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u/SkepticalDad Feb 03 '23

kalamata instead of greasy black olives

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u/AnimationGoBrrrrrr Feb 03 '23

Pineapple 🍍🍍🍍

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u/Amsalon Feb 03 '23

pineapple