Crazy Delicious Pizza Toppings
- poptisserie Jul 25, 2007 10:37 PM
Having lived in the Bay Area for the last few years, I've had my share of gourmet pizzas from the dozen or so Mozza-ish pizzerias. Some of the most interesting ones I came across were from Gochi's in Cupertino, which bills itself as a Japanese fusion tapas restaurant.
We're talking (1) unagi/eggs/seaweed/gobo-burdock (2) spicy cod roe/snow crab/bacon (3) miso sauce/chashu pork/mushrooms.
It seems as though pizzas are a trend in Japanese restaurants and some of the best I've found in SoCal comes from Il Chianti in Lomita which has an Umibe pizza topped with clams, dried tomatoes, and an egg.
So aside from pizzas that just taste good, what are your favorites for toppings that are crazy AND delicious?
I am not a fan of the "gourmet" pizza and prefer to keep them nice and simple. however having said that, yesterday I had a woodfired pizza in Australia's hunter valley that was topped with beetroot (i think it must have been grated and cooked with onion) & roast duck on minimal tom paste, thin crust, moderate mozzarella with fresh oregano sprinkled over the top. it was divine washed down with a glass of hunter semillion
Since this is the LA board, I'll suggest going to Caioti for more exotic combos, not crazy per se, but certainly more experimental.
I personally LOVE ricotta cheese on pizza-- mixed in with the tomato sauce, then dolloped on top of the mozzarella after it comes out of the oven as well...
Not too weird, but:
Sauerkraut with potatoes, jalapeno, and gouda or gruyere.
I've also thrown hummus on before the kraut.
Bossa Nova is great but doesn't really get as weird as what you're describing.
My friend swears by their Pesto Verde pizza (homemade pesto sauce, mozzarella, white Mexican shrimp, sundried tomatoes, leeks and grilled red onions). There are some other fish topping options there too, and hard boiled eggs is another interesting topping of theirs. I love their Banana Special pizza (mozzarella, mascarpone cheese, caramelized bananas, roasted almonds, topped with sugar cinnamon mix), though it's more of a dessert than a regular entree pizza.