Crazy Delicious Pizza Toppings
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.