There are millions of variations of pizza. Every pizzeria puts its own spin on the old favorite. If it can be put on top of pizza dough, chances are someone has made a pizza with it. We’ve compiled a list of pizza variations that have had staying power.
Pizza purists may not consider a white pie a real pizza because it doesn’t have tomato sauce. However, that’s no reason not to try a white pizza. Like regular pizza, every pizzeria puts its own spin on a white pie. Some add alfredo sauce. Others add vegetables. Regardless of pizzeria, white pies usually have three things in common: ricotta, mozzarella, and lots of garlic.
Chicken Parmesan Pizza
Chicken parm pizza is another controversial pizza choice. Some people hate the thought of chicken on their pizza, but that’s their prerogative. Others love chicken parm pizza because it combines two Italian favorites one delicious bite at a time.
BBQ Chicken Pizza
BBQ chicken pizza is another one of those love it or hate it varieties. As with most pizzas, the quality and tastiness of a BBQ chicken pie depends entirely on who makes it. The original BBQ chicken pizza was created by Larry Flax for California Pizza Kitchen’s first menu in 1985. A typical BBQ chicken pizza includes chicken, BBQ sauce, and onions.
Margherita pizza gets complicated because everyone has a different definition of what qualifies as one. There are two variations of it. The more traditional one has a lightly seasoned sauce made of San Marzano-style tomatoes topped with chunks of fresh mozzarella and basil. It’s not loaded down in sauce or cheese, so all the fresh flavors come through.
The version more common in New York and New Jersey is a hybrid of a regular pizza and a traditional Margherita pie. The NY/NJ creation is also topped with fresh mozzarella, basil, and sauce. However, it usually has a thin layer of sauce topped with cheese. The cheese is sprinkled with fresh basil and splashes of more tomato sauce, which may be different from a pizzerias typical sauce.
Regardless on how you feel about these specialty pies, you can’t ever go wrong with a plain pie.