Pizza. Everybody loves 🍕. That’s not up for debate. But what do you 👍 or 👎 as a pizza topping? Now THAT is up for debate.
Some people may eat more pizza. Some may eat less. But the average person eats 46 slices of pizza per year. That adds up to about 23 pounds of pizza eaten annually. (Source: https://www.creditdonkey.com/pizza-statistics.html)
Sounds like a lot? If you have pizza twice a month and eat just two slices each time, that’s 48 slices!
New York “Pizza Toppings List” Survey
New Yorkers were asked to pick their favorite pizza toppings last week. It was part of an exercise to practice “ranked-choice voting” ahead of a June Primary Election.
Pizza toppings as a visual aid? Ok. I’ll bite 🤦🏻♂️. How did they vote?
- Pepperoni 8,767
- Sausage 3,040
- Pineapple 2,562
- Mushrooms 2,459
- Olives 914
Was pepperoni a surprise leading the list of the most favorite topping? Not to me.
National “Pizza Toppings List” Survey
As it turns out, there was a national pizza toppings survey conducted earlier this year by YouGov. It is an international research data and analytics group headquartered in London. The survey involved approx. 6000 US Adults.
Most liked toppings in the US are:
- pepperoni (64%),
- sausage (56%),
- mushrooms (54%),
- extra cheese (52%),
- onions (48%).
Is “extra cheese” really a topping?
But this is surprising.
The Pizza Need website reveals that chefs in Brazil top their pizzas with green peas. It says the French love fried eggs on their slices. And in China a crust made of mini-hot dogs is popular.
The website adds that among the most popular gourmet toppings are oysters, crayfish, dandelions, sprouts, cajun shrimp, and tuna.
Some of those sound like they might be on the most disliked list.
Most disliked toppings in the US are:
- anchovies (61%).
- eggplant (52%),
- artichoke (44%),
- broccoli (39%),
- pineapple (35%).
Why do people feel so negative about the anchovy? Perhaps it is the salty taste (like a slice of pepperoni is not salty?). Or maybe people just don’t like the look of them. Frankly, that’s a whole other blog.
Seeking Out Experts on Pizza Toppings
I decided to explore the preferences of four pizza aficionados. What did Leonardo, Donatello, Raphael, and most especially Michelangelo like on their pizzas? In no particular order:
🍕 Chocolate fudge, sardine, chili pepper, and whipped cream
🍕 Granola and licorice
🍕 Pepperoni and hot fudge
🍕 Pepperoni and pickles
🍕 Butterscotch, onions, and anchovies
So it would seem even amongst the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, pepperoni was a favorite. But they also liked anchovies. 🤷🏻♂️
Just proves pizza goes with every taste.
So it is no wonder that even during the Covid crisis, consumers still opted for pizza takeout and delivery. Pizza restaurant sales reached over 46 billion U.S. dollars in 2020.
Do you get your pizza from the wood-fired oven of Bambolina? Or under the watchful eye of a Borg at Flying Saucer Pizza? Or do you get it delivered from neighborhood stops like Georgia’s or Dina’s?
We all have our go-to spot for pizza.
What’s your go-to for a pizza topping?
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