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10 Most Popular Pizza Toppings

Can you name the most popular pizza toppings, based on a 2016 Harris Poll of over 2,000 American adults?
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Topping
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Pepperoni
2
Sausage
3
Mushroom
4
Cheese / Plain
5
Onion
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Topping
6
Olive
7
Bacon
8
Ham
9
Pineapple
10
Peppers
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level 82
Nov 6, 2017
Pineapple on pizza is an abomination!
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level 72
Nov 6, 2017
I am tempted to report you for that vile comment! :-) Pineapple is amazing on pizza!
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level 73
Nov 6, 2017
So it begins...
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level 71
Nov 7, 2017
the pepperoni translation is an abomination, too!
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level 69
Dec 8, 2017
Canadian bacon and pineapple--the best IMO
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level 51
Dec 8, 2017
These are the two most liked comments I've ever seen on Jetpunk. ^.^
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level 73
Dec 8, 2017
29 likes vs 9 likes. I think there's a clear winner!
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level 44
Dec 8, 2017
Pineapple not only is excellent on Pizza but it makes all your insides sweeter.
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level 48
Dec 9, 2017
I agree. I don't understand this tsunami of hate for pineapple on pizza...it's great. I don't eat canadian bacon but i'll have it with pepperoni and bell peppers. maybe it's because I love the taste of grilled pineapple.
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level 24
Jan 6, 2018
BBQ Sauce as base, BBQ chicken, Onions, Cheddar, Bacon, Feta and Pineapple = best pizza imaginable
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level 3
Mar 29, 2018
Its an opinion calm down
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level 41
Aug 3, 2018
Guys you have it all wrong... Peaches are best on pizza
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level 53
Aug 15, 2018
@APHill, I reported the comment because I take offense to it.
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level 57
Sep 27, 2018
@Aesthus, there is a more liked comment that I have seen somewhere in Jetpunk: it is on the Elements mentioned in the Bible quiz. (124 likes at the moment).
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level 45
Jan 25, 2019
no it's not. That's disgraceful, it's a pure disrespect to ITALY.
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level 61
Nov 9, 2019
EWWWW
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level 49
Nov 7, 2017
I concur. Those who favor pineapple on pizza should be condemned to put pizza in their fruit salad.
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level 40
Dec 8, 2017
tried pizza with some salad, very nice
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level 77
Dec 9, 2017
I worry about people who are this closed-minded about the miscegentation of foodstuffs. You probably wouldn't like some of the (amazing) salads that I make.
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level 62
Sep 24, 2019
That sounds awesome!
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level 51
Nov 7, 2017
Ever tried it? Canadian bacon and pineapple with a white garlic Alfredo sauce.. Wonderful
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level 44
Nov 8, 2017
yeah wonderful :) in Indonesia, they also serve pizza with pineapple+chicken nugget
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level 76
Dec 8, 2017
Hawaiian pizza with ham and pineapple is great, although according to Wikipedia it was invented in 1962 by a Canadian. An Italian food with Hawaiian ingredients made by a Canadian. Pizza brings the world together. :)
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level 39
Dec 30, 2017
Most pizza that we eat today is hardly Italian. If you ever have Pizza in Italy, it is very different than the "Pizza" in America
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level 77
Jun 2, 2018
meyer is right, but considering that the pizza that is famous and popular around the world is most closely related to the variety first made in Little Italy in New York City, if anything, Neapolitan "pizza" ought to be in quotation marks. and Lumi is also correct: Greeks were making pizza-like food and calling it pita a long time before Naples (which was settled by Greeks, Neapolis, "New City") mispronounced it.
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level 66
Dec 8, 2017
Pineapple on pizza is excellent with ham (or Canadian bacon which is pretty much just ham) and sauerkraut. Don't hate.
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level 21
Dec 10, 2017
IT'S MY FAVORITE TOPPING!!!!!!
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level 57
Mar 10, 2018
What is?
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level 15
Dec 11, 2017
64 to 34 likes... who will win? Pineapple or No Pineapple? Cast your vote now! (Probably already have by the time you see this)
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level 72
Aug 25, 2018
100 to 74 now. The adding up is crawling slower than a Zimbabwean election count.
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level 47
Sep 29, 2019
121 - 92
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level 22
Dec 13, 2017
yyaaaaaaaaaaaaaaassssssss
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level 80
Nov 7, 2017
What, no anchovies?
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level 61
Nov 11, 2017
Mr. Krabs likes no anchovies.
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level 53
Dec 9, 2017
oh, great movie at '90s afternoons (in Brazil), at least...
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level 70
Nov 7, 2017
no way would peppers be at 94% without pepperoni. :)
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level 49
Nov 7, 2017
Jalapenos rule!
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level 60
Dec 8, 2017
jalapenos on pizza??? green chile yes. jalapenos, no.
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level 76
Dec 8, 2017
Mexican pizzas in my area have jalapenos on them (along with ground beef, lettuce, tomatoes, salsa, black olives and Monterey Jack cheese.) They come with a cornmeal-added crust instead of regular pizza dough. Good if you're in a Tex-Mex mood and lost out to the pizza-lovers in the group.
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level 77
Dec 9, 2017
jalapeno is delicious
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level 73
Dec 8, 2017
We used to always get green peppers and onions. This quiz is making me hungry.
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level 66
Dec 9, 2017
agree...should change the answer to green pepper
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level 73
Nov 7, 2017
Americans eat pizza without tomato?!

And why is cheese lumped in with plain? Who on earth eats a plain pizza, and who would consider cheese to be plain?
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level 64
Nov 7, 2017
White pizza is name of a pie without tomato sauce
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level 73
Nov 8, 2017
But the quiz isn't called '10 most popular white pizza toppings'
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level 58
Dec 8, 2017
American pizza is usually bread, tomato sauce, and cheese, so calling tomato a topping at this point is like calling the bread of a sandwich a topping. This also means that since pizza is already bread, sauce, and cheese, a plain pizza is a pizza without toppings, a.k.a. a cheese pizza.
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level 77
Jun 2, 2018
If I heard of "tomato" listed as a pizza topping I would be thinking of fresh sliced or diced tomato added on top of the cheese. Or maybe sundried tomatoes. Not tomato sauce. Though I've had lots of pizza without tomato sauce before, and in lots of places both inside and outside of the United States.
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level 63
Dec 8, 2017
Because in America, a "cheese pizza" and a "plain pizza" mean the same thing. Just pizza sauce and cheese, nothing else.
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level 73
Dec 8, 2017
Tomatoes are also a separate topping, sliced or chopped. The Pomodoro Formaggio at Regina's in the North End of Boston is delicious.
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level 38
Dec 11, 2017
It's amazing how tastes change. I used to have to BEG my local pizza parlor to NOT put anchovies on my pizza and now, it's not even on the list!
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level 66
Dec 8, 2017
In New York, if you want bread, sauce, and mozzarella cheese, you order a plain pizza (or a plain pie). In Los Angeles, that same food is called "cheese pizza". It's kind of like how quesadillas in Mexico City don't necessarily have cheese in them.
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level 58
Mar 30, 2018
Yes, I grew up in New Jersey where it's called a "plain" pizza but in Chicago where I live now it is called a cheese pizza. Last time I was in NJ visiting relatives I ordered a cheese pizza and confused the heck out of the guy. I almost got one with no sauce!
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level 38
Dec 9, 2017
I hate 🍅 and I like cheese/plain.its cuz of what we like
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level 57
Mar 10, 2018
What?????????????
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level 32
Mar 30, 2018
You're an adult. Eat pizza with toppings because you aren't 5 anymore
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level 57
Aug 3, 2018
You're (presumably given your comment) an adult. Stop telling people what toppings to put on their own pizza over the internet because you aren't five any more.
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level 38
Oct 20, 2018
Mozzarella cheese and tomato sauce go on any pizza that I've ever had; then you add all the other sides you want on it.
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level 75
Nov 7, 2017
I put black olive and it didn't accept it :/
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level 70
Nov 8, 2017
Put on everything but the ham/bacon/pineapple and you've got a garbage pizza - the fave in Chicago.
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level 67
Aug 3, 2018
The name is highly appropriate IMO. Any pizza I get with mushrooms on it goes straight into the garbage.
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level 75
Nov 8, 2017
Please accept salami for sausage -- it's a type of sausage after all. I tried a bunch of specific meats with no luck. But then I live in the Italian part of town so there's a lot of pressure :P
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level 66
Nov 8, 2017
I would disagree since most places let you define one or the other.
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level 69
Nov 20, 2017
Great. Now I'm hungry.
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level 55
Dec 8, 2017
It's not pepperoni, its Salami. If you have ever been to an Italian restaurant and ordered pepperoni they will serve you a pizza with peppers rather than salami. Get your Italian terminology right.
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level 70
Dec 8, 2017
I think 'terminology' is over doing it when describing pizza toppings...
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level 60
Dec 8, 2017
I wouldn't order pizza in an Italian restaurant.
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level 76
Dec 8, 2017
Pepperoni is an American type of salami with distinctive spices and flavorings. The creator chose to Americanize the spelling - I wonder if he was making a play on the peppery spices he added. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pepperoni The servers at the Italian restaurants I frequent understand English and know the difference between bell peppers and the Italian word for them, pepperoni. Incidentally, a friend sold his old, 900-lb. boar hog recently at a local sale barn for six cents a pound, nearly nothing. My friend asked the buyer what he planned to do with the old hog. The buyer replied, "Take him back to Chicago and turn him into pure gold. He'll soon be pepperoni." Now I know why they have to add so many extra spices to pepperoni.
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level 64
Sep 23, 2018
This story cements my distaste for pepperoni.
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level 77
Dec 8, 2017
If we're talking about the world outside of Italy then why would we be using Italian terminology? The stuff they eat in Naples and call pizza is not what the rest of the world thinks of as pizza- that particular foodstuff was invented by Italian immigrants living in New York City.
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level 57
Aug 3, 2018
I live in the UK and I have eaten both Neapolitan and New York-style pizza, both sold as pizza (I am being quite vague here but I am going off your comment below explaining the difference, mainly because I'm fairly sure I've also had things in between). I would call both of these things "pizza", and accept that within one type of food there can be significant variants. But I agree that especially as pizza was popularised from the USA it is perfectly valid to call pepperoni (the sausage) pepperoni.
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level 73
Oct 3, 2018
@kalbahamut, No.
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level 77
Feb 5, 2019
The good points you've made on this topics number roughly two less than the number of words you could come up with to type @Walacama
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level 60
Dec 8, 2017
Does anyone else do the thing where you type random stuff when you can't think of another answer. I just typed Canned Applesauce?!
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level 76
Dec 8, 2017
You should only use fresh applesauce on your pizzas. :)
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level 67
Dec 8, 2017
No, but I used to know someone who put applesauce on their pizza. It was weird.
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level 43
Dec 8, 2017
Sorry, this is terrible. Americans butchered everything about the pizza and you make a quiz on that? It's 'peperoni', there's no tomato, mozzarella, basil?
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level 66
Dec 8, 2017
Tomato sauce and mozzarella is the default, what's called a "cheese pizza" or a "plain pizza" here. Basil usually goes in the sauce unless you're ordering pizza margherita. At least we don't put marinated artichokes on our pizza like the revolting "pizza quattro stagioni" that's popular all over Italy. And "pepperoni" with two Ps is the name of a dry salami here, the little peppers you would call "peperoni" with one P in Italy are called "pepperoncini" here.
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level 67
Dec 8, 2017
I was about to like your comment, but artichokes on pizza are amazing so I can't.
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level 77
Dec 8, 2017
Italians think of these things as toppings because.. well... go to Napoli and see. Their "pizza" is a glob of undercooked dough, with some drops of tomato sauce here and there, a few puddles of half melted mozzarella, and maybe a spring of basil in the middle (that is somehow 80% more greasy in spite of containing 100% less meat). The pizza that the other 7 billion people in the world think of when they want pizza- the kind with a golden semi-rigid crust, with tomato sauce and cheese evenly distributed across the surface as a foundation not as a topping, that can easily be held in one hand and not tumble all over the table making a mess even though it's stacked with savory toppings- *that* pizza... that was invented in NYC before becoming popular worldwide. Neapolitans didn't invent pizza. Neither the world famous version today nor even its predecessor; the Greeks were putting toppings on flat bread and calling it "pita" for centuries. Pita. Pizza. The Italians just mispronounced it
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level 33
Dec 8, 2017
Breaking news! Italy has 600 million people in it!
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level 77
Dec 9, 2017
... is this because I said 7 billion? That wasn't exact enough for you? Well the world population is 7.5 billion not 7.6 and excluding the population of Italy it's only 7.44 billion so we can safely round down to 7. Or did you mean to say that Italy has 60 million people in it and missed by an order of magnitude? Either way I win at being needlessly pedantic.
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level 77
Dec 9, 2017
Also I'm guessing there are at least a few hundred million people around the world who don't eat pizza at all.
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level 78
Dec 11, 2017
I don't eat pizza but I've seen many ;).
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level 73
Oct 3, 2018
@kalbahamut, No.
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level 38
Oct 20, 2018
Kalbahamut: For once I totally agree. New York Pizza is the best! (And I agree completely with the Pita/Pizza connection) I've had Pitas in Arabic areas of Central and South America with toppings [or rather, stuffings] that were very similar to what I've had on Pizzas.
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level 77
Feb 5, 2019
diva: thanks for backing me up, though this is a matter of historical fact, not opinion. Regardless of how many times Wala says "no" at me.
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level 73
Apr 8, 2019
No.
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level 64
Dec 8, 2017
How about accepting peperoni and salami as type-ins?
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level 39
Dec 8, 2017
Now i want pizza
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level 67
Sep 23, 2018
Only now?
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level 49
Dec 8, 2017
I knew there would already be comments about pineapple and sure enough they lead the way. I cringed when I entered that answer.
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level 46
Dec 8, 2017
I suppose that here in Finland shrimp is one of the most popular.
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level 11
Dec 8, 2017
Pineapple is awesome on pizza!
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level 20
Dec 8, 2017
I wish I lived in Finland then. lol
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level 33
Dec 8, 2017
Didn’t you specifically say you wouldn’t feature a quiz like this?
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level 67
Dec 9, 2017
Here in Australia Prawns are a big hit on Pizza, many also like Pineapple although I don't myself. I like Anchovies but many do not. When making Pizza at home it is usually, tomato (paste & slice) cheese (sometimes 2 or 3 different) bacon pieces, sliced sausages (pork) olives and pepperoni. Thin base is preferred generally.
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level 77
Dec 9, 2017
Around the world (including at some artisanal pizza shops in the US) I've had all sorts of weird things on pizza... clams, oysters, yams, potatoes, corn, ketchup, mustard, asparagus, broccoli, shrimp, squid, uncooked ham, tunafish, tandoori chicken, greek yogurt, mango, carmelized onion, crab, peanuts... and some things I couldn't identify
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level 77
Dec 9, 2017
Funniest thing to me is that in many countries they will sell "American" burgers or "American" pizza and put on things that Americans would never... Like in Croatia I think there was this burger shop that had a "Texas Burger"... which was an open-faced sandwich with toppings on it I'm sure nobody in Texas has ever consumed on a hamburger before.

Probably Europeans feel the same way when McDonald's come out with it's "Le French" burger. :D
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level 58
Dec 10, 2017
What, no anchovies???!!
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level 21
Dec 10, 2017
You should change the word for "Peppers" to actually typing "peppers" and not "pepper". Just sayin'.
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level 15
Dec 11, 2017
What about the good ol' Spinach. eh? No Popeye, anyone?
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level 67
Aug 3, 2018
I had one answer left I hadn't guessed (olive) and I tried spinach. Spinach pizza is delicious.
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level 61
May 10, 2019
Here! Me! I love Spinach. Mmmmm with Feta cheese and garlic.
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level 11
Dec 11, 2017
Pineapples on a pizza? That doesn't sound like a good combination. That sounds gross.
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level 51
Dec 11, 2017
Hmm somewhat surprised eggplant doesn't make the list. And I was expecting buffalo chicken (or just chicken in general) but thinking about it, maybe buffalo chicken isn't as common internationally? Can grab a slice of it at any pie place in my area (NY/NJ) It's one of the pies you know will be sitting there ready by the slice wherever you go
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level 4
Dec 12, 2017
Sausage IS BEST.
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level 22
Dec 13, 2017
just because I don't know how to spell pepperoni and pineapple wow
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level 70
Mar 29, 2018
Wow Americans ruined pizza's. Where is Feta, Tomato, Rucola, Anchovis, Gorgonzola, Mozarela, Oliveoil, Parmaham, etc?
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level 77
Jun 2, 2018
mozzarella is cheese. and anchovies are disgusting. But don't worry it's not against the law or anything for you to eat them. It's just that other people don't want to.
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level 67
Aug 3, 2018
American pizza generally comes with tomato sauce by default. Though you can get sliced tomato as an extra topping, it's kinda redundant so it's not common enough to make the top 10. And like kalbahamut said, mozzarella is the default cheese for pizza so it's already up there, and anchovies are nasty.
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level 77
Feb 5, 2019
I do like all the other stuff you listed apart from anchovies, though. You can get all of them at MOD Pizza, pretty sure, and many other American pizzerias, as well.
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level 71
Feb 5, 2019
They seem to be missing out on the best toppings by finding as many ways as possible to get pig meat onto their pizzas.
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level 67
Mar 29, 2018
Could you accept "salami" for sausage? I mean, that's the only kind of sausage I've ever seen on a pizza.
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level 80
May 28, 2018
Salami and sausage are two distinctly different foods.
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level 77
Jun 2, 2018
To an American, the word "sausage" is much less broad a term than it is to a European. Most Americans would not consider hot dogs, frankfurters, kielbasa, bratwurst, bologna, or salami, among other things, to be "sausage." I think most Europeans would. To an American a sausage is what might be called in the UK (I think?) a "breakfast sausage"... usually small, cylindrical with rounded ends, dark brown, highly textured... looks kinda like a half dried turd. Made with pork, salt, pepper and sage. Inside it is a solid brown color throughout. On pizza it is typically broken up in to smaller spherical pieces with rough edges. That's what Americans would think of as "sausage" as a pizza topping. Salami, pepperoni, and so on would be in a different category.
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level 73
Jun 29, 2018
Yeah - I would call all of those things sausages...

And I speak for all Europeans...
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level 57
Aug 3, 2018
In the UK I would say that the archetypal "sausage" is what you describe, but I would (it would generally be considered correctly) identify that salami was a sausage. If you were offered a sausage in the UK or ordered one in a restaurant it would be like you describe or sometimes similar but curled into a spiral (a Cumberland sausage). I imagine that in continental Europe it is different, although English is not predominantly spoken there and so they will have different words.
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level 61
May 10, 2019
Pepperoni is an American variety of salami. If anything I believe salami should be accepted for pepperoni. But I wonder what the sausage topping includes. For me as a German pepperoni and ham are sausages. Maybe the problem is that Germans sometimes differ between "Wurst" and "Würstchen" which both translate to sausage. "Wurst" however is salami, ham, boloney... (something that is often eaten in slices) and "Würstchen" are frankfurters, wieners, bratwurst (something that is usally cooked or grilled as a whole). That's not some set rule though.
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level 41
Mar 29, 2018
Popcorn
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level 73
Jun 29, 2018
Bubble Bobble?
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level 73
Jul 5, 2018
Before I even takebthis quiz I'm going to venture a guess how many people miss cheese: 3%
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level 73
Jul 5, 2018
Well that was no fun...
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level 54
Jul 15, 2018
LVSAS you just described my ultimate favourite pizza. Pineapple forever!!
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level 59
Oct 11, 2018
Weird Americans! - What no Chicken or Beef!
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level 77
Feb 5, 2019
Grilled chicken and ground beef are both pretty common on American pizzas they just don't crack the top 10.
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level 46
Mar 5, 2019
Please accept "Paprika" as Peppers
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level 53
Mar 30, 2019
I like how it accepts Canadian Bacon for Ham
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level 61
May 10, 2019
I only missed the two things I don't eat: Mushrooms and olives. I don't have a favorite pizza. It depends on the mood. Some days I crave tuna, sometimes I compose my own. I do like the combination of broccoli, roasted chicken strips and corn.
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level 60
Aug 29, 2019
of course, this is American... come to Europe and sausage & bacon would be replaced by some healthier things, like rocket salad & artichokes
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level 73
Nov 5, 2019
Mmm, Matta pizza e squisito :-)