11 Toppings That Have No Business Being On a Pizza

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Pizza is one of the world's favorite foods. From kids, to animals, to adults, to everyone in between, we all love pizza.

However sometimes, the love goes too far. It just goes too far with the craziness, the creativity, and variety of toppings people decide to throw on a perfectly good pizza pie.

Without further ado, here are toppings that have no business being on our beloved pizza!

11. Spam

SPAM® is one of those polarizing ingredients: You either love it or you hate it. There is no in-between when it comes to this canned ham concoction.

Therefore, it has no business being on a nice cheese pizza. Unless you're into that kind of thing.

10. Mini Cheeseburger Stuffed Crust

Pizza Huts in the Middle East debuted The Crown Crust Pizza with mini cheeseburgers as the crust.

The toppings on the main part of the pizza are themed with the crust— so burger toppings on the cheeseburger crust, complete with special sauce.

Sounds like a junk food fan's dream!

9. Fish & Potato Chips

This ain't your ordinary fish and chip dinner!

This pizza from Indonesia is topped with pieces of cooked fish are accompanied by potato chips. 

8. Pineapple & Cheese Stuffed Crust

This gem is called The Golden Happiness Pizza, and it is a pineapple and cheese stuffed crust pie from Malaysia.

Pineapple and cheese stuffed crust sounds worse than the typical ham and pineapple combination pizza!

7. Squid Ink

Yes, squid ink pizza.

Squid ink is considered a delicacy in Italian and other cuisines, but this squid ink pizza comes from Japan.

The tomato sauce is replaced with the blackest squid ink sauce you have ever seen. Add in the shrimp, some mysterious white chunks, and enjoy??

6. Sauerkraut

I am part German, and I absolutely love sauerkraut. But, there is a reason why the Italians, and not the Germans invented pizza. 

This sauerkraut-topped pizza is that reason.

5. Lettuce

Lettuce? On a pizza?

Lettuce is reserved for salads and an occasional sandwich topping, but NEVER a pizza topping. That is just plain wrong.

4. Emu & Kangaroo

Where else would you find emu and kangaroo as a viable pizza topping besides down under in Australia?

Sydney's Australian Hotel serves The Coat of Arms pizza. It's a half emu, half kangaroo pie topped with bush tomato, peppers, and cranberries. 

No thank you!

3. $1,000 Worth of Luxury Items

This is the world's most expensive pizza, literally. It will set you back $1,000, and is topped with 6 types of caviar, creme fraiche, chives, and fresh lobster.

Nino's Bellissima in New York City makes this extravagant pizza, and if you can't afford a whole pie, one slice will cost $125!

2. Everything But the Kitchen Sink

This Pizza Hut mega monster of a pizza hails from Japan. It literally has so many ingredients, it's insane. The crust is made of hot dogs wrapped in bacon and rolls of molten cheese. 

The toppings include: Hamburgers, cheese rolls, sausage, bacon, ham, bacon bits, mushroom, onion, pepper, garlic, and tomato sauce. 

Ketchup and maple syrup are available as extra toppings. Seriously!

1. Poisonous Venom of Spiders, Scorpions, & Snakes

Spiders, scorpions, and snakes, oh my!

A chef in Zurich, Switzerland, Ismail Ertekin, invented a pizza in 2012 which featured toppings made from the poisonous venom of spiders, scorpions and snakes, supposedly for medicinal purposes.

He was soon ordered to stop making the pizzas, but you have to wonder what "medical properties" these poisons could have had? Especially on an innocent pizza!

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