of the Craziest Pizza Toppings in America
Thin crust or deep dish? Plain cheese or loaded with toppings? Wood-fired or coal-fired? No matter how you slice it, we rarely meet a pizza that we don’t love. It’s one of America’s most obsessed-about foods for a reason.
In celebration of National Pizza Month (October), we scoured the nation for pizzerias that are taking toppings to outrageous new heights. Here are twenty ’zas with wildly unconventional ingredients sure to tantalize your tastebuds—and that we actually want to eat.
Buffalo Tater Tots
Boss Lady Pizza, Boulder, CO
This Boulder pizza shop offers plenty of inventive pies—think chicken & waffles, Philly cheesesteak, and mac & cheese—but this one stopped us in our tracks. Their ‘Tot Guy’ is topped with creamy ranch dressing, buffalo sauced tater tots, cheese, jalapeños, scallions, and swirl o’ sour cream.
Flamin’ Hot Cheetos
Ameci Pizza Kitchen, CA locations
Satisfy your cheesiest cravings with this snack food-inspired pie. This LA-based chain serves up New York-style pizzas covered with Flamin’ Hot Cheetos and sprinkled with even more spicy Cheetos dust. Chester Cheetah approved.
Fat Ptarmigan, Anchorage, AK
Nothing says “Alaska” quite like pizza topped with reindeer. At Fat Ptarmigan in Anchorage, you can order the basic reindeer pizza, which comes with a spicy red sauce, black olives, and onions, or opt for the heartier beer cheese ’za topped with reindeer sausage, roasted red peppers, and bacon.
Circa Brewing Co., Brooklyn, NY
Crush both breakfast and lunch cravings with one of the bagel-inspired pies at Circa Brewing’s Brooklyn outpost. The downtown BK eatery offers a number of brunch pizzas, including this one layered with smoked salmon, stracciatella, shaved red onion, dill, and capers, which is basically the pizza-fied version of a classic New York bagel.
Tasty Subs Pizza, Sunnyvale, CA
You’ll never have to decide between Indian or Italian take out again. Tasty Subs mashes up two comfort food favorites in their richly flavored butter chicken pizza. And if you want to bring the heat, they offer a super spicy version to boot.
Town Spa Pizza, Stoughton, MA
Pickle lovers, rejoice. This friendly, family-run pizzeria adds piles of crinkle cut pickles to their cheesy pies. And the briny, off-beat flavor combo has become a local cult favorite. Sounds pretty darn dill-icious.
Fong’s Pizza, Des Moines, IA
Several of the pizza offerings at this Iowa eatery come covered in crispy wontons—from their crab rangoon pie (featuring a cream cheese base and sweet chili drizzle) to their egg roll variety (made with sausage, chicken, cabbage, mozzarella, and sweet-sour sauce). We wonton some of this.
Koreatown Pizza Co., Los Angeles, CA
In the heart of LA’s K-town, you can order this Asian-inspired pie (dubbed ‘The Kingsley’), made with a stuffed sweet potato crust and topped with Korean BBQ beef, veggies, tomato sauce, and a fried onion “crown.” Too much, or just enough?
Pizzeria Lola, Minneapolis, MN
This Southwest Minneapolis neighborhood joint has made its mark with this spicy ‘Lady ZaZa’ pie. Featuring a classic Italian red sauce base, this savory creation gets some Eastern flair with housemade kimchi, Korean sausage, serrano peppers, scallions, sesame seeds, and soy chili glaze.
Speedy Romeo, New York City
This Lower East Side-inspired pizza has an everything bagel-flavored crust and comes loaded with pastrami from cult favorite Katz’s Deli. The ‘Paul’s Boutique’ has all the bells and whistles you’d expect in a classic reuben sandwich (smoked red kraut, fontina, and Thousand Island dressing), but is way more fun to eat.
Tony Boloney’s, Hoboken, NJ
Taco ’bout a crazy pizza. For a meager $80, you can get this giant, thirty pound pie layered with carne asada chipotle sauce, Oaxacan queso, and a boatload of soft tacos. Plus, guacamole, pickled jalapeño creama, and Mexican cheesy corn to finish. Tip: this bad boy is only available on Tuesdays or by ordering ahead.
AOA Bar & Grill, New York City
This Middle Eastern pie features hummus, harissa, cherry tomato, and onion—blending two of our favorite cheap NYC eats: the dollar slice and the Halal cart sandwich.
Chicken & Waffles
Dimo’s Pizza, Chicago, IL
Forget deep dish. If you’re in Chi-town, head over to Dimo’s for a slice of this addicting pizza piled with crispy fried chicken, Old Bay cheddar waffle bites, melted butter, crème fraîche, and honey.
Industry Kitchen, New York City
You have to order this opulent pizza two days in advance (and it’ll set you back $2,000), but this showstopper comes topped with ultra-luxe ingredients including sparkling 24K gold leaves, foie gras, shaved truffles, and platinum Osetra caviar. Foodgōd loves it, too—and said it’s “the CRAZIEST thing he’s ever eaten.”
Red’s Pizza, Santa Monica, CA
We’ve seen fruit on dessert pizzas, but this Swedish-style pizzeria is spicing things up on the savory side. Their beloved Montrose pie features bananas mixed with fragrant curry, creating a uniquely sweet and spicy flavor. It’s B-A-N-A-N-A-S.
Two Boots, Multiple NYC locations
This New York City-based chain offers an assortment of inspired pies, but the craziest one by far is ‘The Bayou Beast.’ Boasting Cajun crawfish, spiced shrimp, andouille sausage, jalapeños, and mozzarella, this NOLA-flavored pizza is like a (Mardi Gras) party in your mouth.
BBQ Pulled Pork
We, The Pizza, Washington, DC
When in the nation’s capital, don’t miss grabbing a slice of ‘Colletti’s Notorious BBQ Pie.’ Not only is this hearty variety made with slow-roasted pulled pork, but it’s topped with award-winning barbecue sauce, melted cheddar cheese, and crispy fried onions for a flavor explosion.
Lobster & Platinum
Bodega Negra, New York City
The Meatpacking District’s Bogeda Negra created a special—and decadent—$500 pizza boasting Osetra caviar, black truffle shavings, avocado, mango, and edible platinum flakes. Bonus: this baby is infused with premium tequila, so you can get your buzz on before you even start drinking.
Pizza Corner Hawaii, Kapolei, HI
What could be better than eating fresh poke in Hawaii? Eating it on top of a delicious pizza, of course. This specialty fish-topped pie features Hawaiian-style Ahi poke, Lomi Lomi tomato salsa, furikake, green onion, and sesame seeds atop of a focaccia-style crust.
Red Fox Bar & Grill, Jackson, NH
New Englanders sure love their maple syrup. So much so that this New Hampshire eatery tops their wood-fired pizza (made with local smokehouse bacon, housemade sausage, and sharp cheddar cheese) with a generous drizzle of the sweet stuff. And we’re totally into the savory-sweet play.
Any crazy pizza toppings you love? We’d love to hear about ’em. Drop us a line at email@example.com.