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Jul 11, 2008 12:33 PM

Sushi Pizza- California specialty?!


Hi California Chowhounds:

I am an ambassador from the Ontario chowhound board where we had a question maybe you guys can answer. We were discussing whether Sushi Pizza was a delicassy native to Toronto sushi restaurants. Someone made the claim that it had originated in California. See the link here:

Is anybody in a position to verify whether this is true or not?
In case there is any confusion this is what Toronto sushi pizza is as described by someone on the link above: It's a round rice patty, maybe 4-5" in diameter, deep fried (so that it gets nice and crispy/chewy and golden-brown on the outside), and topped with mayo, fish (usually salmon, but somtimes tuna and/or crab), and roe.

Anyone have that? If so, is it a standard on sushi menus?

    1. I've eaten sushi in San Francisco, San Diego, Alameda, Sacramento, & Fresno; I've never seen anything like this in any of the cities I've been to.

      Deep Fried Rice and Mayo, I just don't know.

      1. Downpressor, I am a native Californian. I've lived in SoCal, NorCal and I've spent 30+ years in various parts of the food business. I've eaten sushi, I've eaten pizza, but I have never, let me repeat NEVER, ever seen, heard of, or eaten what you've described as Sushi Pizza.

        Really, it sounds pretty gross. Now if you'd said it had Ranch Dressing on it instead of mayo I might be inclined to think it originated here. Ranch Dressing = California Catsup

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        1. re: DiningDiva

          Love the comment Ranch dressing = California Catsup. Too funny and amen DD!

        2. Doesn't sound too appetizing to me, but is this supposed to be like Okonomiyaki? Is that what inspired it?

          1. never seen or heard of it. It sounds odd but I can see if it is executed properly, it could be very interesting. I'm thinking the rice patty would be similar to the deep fried rice "cakes" they use in sizzling rice soup.