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10 Interesting Pizza Toppings You Should Try

Are you tired of the same old pizza toppings? Looking to explore new flavors and add a unique twist to your favorite dish? We've got you covered! Here are 10 interesting pizza toppings that will take your pizza game to the next level. 

1. Truffles

Elevate your pizza experience with the decadent aroma and flavor of truffles. Truffles are a type of highly prized and luxurious culinary delicacy known for their distinctive aroma and flavor. 

To incorporate truffles into your pizza, you can either use truffle slices or truffle oil. Shaving thin slices of truffles onto the pizza allows their distinct flavor to permeate every bite. Truffle oil, made by infusing olive oil with truffle essence, provides a convenient and potent way to add the truffle flavor to your pizza. A little drizzle of truffle oil over the pizza before or after baking can transform it into a truly indulgent and gourmet experience.

2. Mushrooms

Whether it's earthy cremini mushrooms, meaty portobellos, or wild foraged mushrooms, their savory taste adds depth to any pizza. Saute them in garlic and olive oil before scattering them over the pizza for extra flavor.

For the adventurous pizza lovers, wild foraged mushrooms, like the ones on our Forest Shroomin' Pizza, offer a unique and earthy taste. Varieties such as morels, chanterelles, and porcini bring a touch of umami to your pizza. When using wild mushrooms, it's important to clean them thoroughly and cook them properly to enhance their flavors and ensure they are safe to eat. Or, you can simply order from D.C.'s best vegetarian pizza restaurant!  

3. Artichokes

These tender and tangy vegetables bring a delightful Mediterranean twist to your pizza. Try marinated artichoke hearts or grill them for a smoky flavor that pairs perfectly with cheese.

When combining artichokes with other pizza toppings, consider ingredients that complement their tanginess and add a Mediterranean flair. For example, feta cheese, Kalamata olives, sun-dried tomatoes, and fresh basil are excellent companions for artichokes. The creamy and salty nature of feta cheese balances the tang of the artichokes, while the olives and sun-dried tomatoes contribute a burst of intense flavors. Finish off the pizza with a sprinkle of fresh basil leaves for a vibrant and herbaceous touch.

4. Ginger-Infused Pineapple

For a burst of tropical goodness on your pizza, consider combining finely chopped ginger with juicy pineapple chunks. The unique combination of the spicy kick of ginger and the natural sweetness of pineapple creates a surprising and delightful topping that will take your taste buds on a flavor-filled journey.

Ginger, with its zesty and slightly hot flavor, adds a delightful twist to traditional pizza toppings. Finely chopping the ginger allows its flavor to disperse evenly throughout the pizza, creating a harmonious blend of tastes. Ginger brings a subtle heat and a hint of earthiness that complements the sweetness of the pineapple, creating a flavor profile that is both exciting and balanced.

Give it a try with our Honey Ham & Pineapple Pizza!

5. Caramelized Onions

Slowly caramelized onions are a treasure on their own, but when added to a pizza, they become a flavor powerhouse. Through the caramelization process, the natural sugars in the onions intensify, creating a sweet and rich flavor that beautifully complements a variety of pizza toppings. When paired with creamy and tangy cheeses like goat cheese or Gorgonzola, the result is an incredible combination that will elevate your pizza to new heights!

6. D.C. Mambo Sauce Drizzle

D.C. Mambo sauce is a beloved condiment that is synonymous with the D.C. metropolitan area. It is a sweet, tangy, and slightly spicy sauce with a glossy consistency, often used as a glaze or dipping sauce for various dishes. While the exact origins of Mambo sauce are debated, it has become an integral part of the local culinary scene, especially in D.C.'s carryout and street food culture.

The sauce itself typically consists of a combination of ingredients such as tomato ketchup, vinegar, sugar, soy sauce, hot sauce or chili paste, and a blend of seasonings and spices. The result is a flavorful concoction that strikes a perfect balance between sweetness, tanginess, and a mild kick of heat.

As a nod to the flavors of the D.C. region, drizzle some tangy and slightly spicy D.C. Mambo sauce over your pizza. It adds a unique touch that will make your taste buds dance. Try it on our Bacon Me Crazy Pizza with Applewood and Canadian bacon!

7. Goat Cheese

Goat cheese is a cheese made from the milk of goats. It has a creamy and smooth texture with a slightly acidic tang that sets it apart from other cheeses. The flavor of goat cheese can vary depending on its age and processing, but it generally offers a delightful combination of tanginess and creaminess that adds depth and complexity to dishes.

When it comes to pizza, goat cheese is a versatile and complementary ingredient that pairs exceptionally well with a variety of vegetables. Its tangy notes balance the sweetness of certain vegetables while adding a luxurious touch to the overall flavor profile.

8. Spinach

Leafy greens have a remarkable impact on pizza, and spinach, in particular, brings a burst of freshness and vibrant color to your pie. Its versatility allows it to be paired with various toppings, and when combined with feta cheese, it creates a classic Greek-inspired combination that is sure to tantalize your taste buds.

Try it out on our spinach & artichoke pizza, complete with Béchamel, mozzerella, sautéed spinach, roasted artichokes, and parmesan! 

9. Roasted Red Peppers

When it comes to adding depth and visual appeal to your pizza, fire-roasted red peppers are a fantastic choice. These peppers bring a smoky and slightly sweet flavor to the table, while their vibrant red color adds an eye-catching element that complements a variety of other ingredients.

Fire-roasting red peppers is a process that infuses them with a unique flavor profile. The charring from the roasting process creates a smoky taste that adds complexity to the peppers' natural sweetness. The resulting combination of flavors is a delightful balance that enhances the overall taste of your pizza.

10. Vegan Sausage

For our vegan and vegetarian friends, the possibilities for delicious and satisfying pizza toppings are ever-expanding. One option that stands out is adding plant-based sausage as a protein-packed topping. In recent years, the market has seen an influx of plant-based sausages that can rival the taste and texture of their traditional meat-based counterparts.

Plant-based sausages are typically made from a combination of ingredients such as soy, wheat gluten, peas, lentils, or mushrooms. These ingredients are carefully crafted and seasoned to create a product that mimics the flavor and texture of traditional sausages. With advancements in plant-based food technology, the variety and quality of plant-based sausages available today are truly remarkable.

Contact We, the Pizza Express

Ready to try these exciting toppings? Contact We, the Pizza Express for the best D.C. pizza delivery and catering experience. We offer a wide range of pizzas, including vegan and vegetarian options, to cater to all dietary preferences. Explore our menu and let us take your taste buds on a flavorful journey. Don't settle for ordinary pizza when you can have extraordinary pizza from We, the Pizza Express; order the best pizza in D.C. online today!