It’s all well and good to know “America’s” favourite pizza toppings or even the most popular toppings by state, but we wanted to know the most popular toppings in our own neighbourhoods.
So, we asked our most loyal customers at both our Chicago and Morton Grove locations which condiments they liked best with our signature dishes.
The Search for Your Favorite Pizza Toppings
Okay, okay, maybe my survey design wasn’t the most scientific. We’re a pizzeria, not a sociology department. We simply thought it would be amusing to find out how many people truly enjoy anchovies and whether you are all meatheads or are prepared to add vegetables to your pies.
And if you’re not having fun in the pizza industry, something is amiss.
We obtained data from slightly more than 500 individuals regarding common pizza toppings. Yes, we requested pineapple. No, we did not inquire about uncommon items such as prawns or truffles. We have limited space on the survey.
We then began studying the results.
Our Totally Expert Analysis of Your Top Toppings
When asked which toppings would be on your favourite pizza and given the option to select as many as you desired, the obvious winner was… can you guess?
Pepperoni, naturally. Slightly more than two-thirds of respondents (68%) stated that they enjoyed pepperoni on their pizza. This is compared to the average score of 47%. Meats such as ham, Canadian bacon, and Italian beef all scored less than 20%.
But here’s the real shocker: Sausage wasn’t the second-most abundant ingredient. Rather, mushrooms were your second-favourite topping! This indicates that more customers are ordering mushrooms than sausage on their pizzas.
Now, if you’re like us, you probably believe that these two go together quite well. This is pizza, so everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but if you enjoy sausage and mushrooms separately, you’ll adore them together on a pizza.
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That means that sausage ranked third, correct? Wrong. The third element was more cheese. I can’t say we blame you. It’s difficult to get enough of that gooey mozzarella, which is wonderful for keeping your pepperoni and mushrooms in place.
In fact, sausage ranked fourth in our study and was one of only two meats to enter the top ten (pepperoni, obviously, being the other).
You guys like your vegetables!
What about anchovies with pineapple? Unfortunately, pineapple did not make the top 10, although only by a small margin. It ranked eleventh overall with roughly 23% of the votes.
To learn how anchovies performed, please refer to the second section of our survey report. The title of the article is “The Least Popular Pizza Toppings.”
Geeking Out on Meat and Vegetable Subcategory Data
But there’s more! If we’re feeling particularly nerdy, we can divide meats and veggies even more. Here we discover the data, which roughly corresponds to the total rankings.
The top three types of meat are pepperoni, sausage, and bacon, in that order. However, consider these percentages: Pepperoni garnered more than two times as many votes as sausage, and sausage received more than two times as many votes as bacon, which received only 8.5% of the vote.
In other words, many of you may like two or even all three toppings on a certain pie, but if you had to choose (like if you were taking an online survey from Pequod’s that wasn’t very scientific), you’d pick pepperoni.
Unsurprisingly, the same holds true with vegetables. Mushroom, onion, and green pepper were the top three vegetable condiments. Mushrooms outscored onions roughly 2:1, but green peppers trailed onions by only 3%.
Intriguingly, the overall distribution was closer than with the meats, and the green pepper scored higher than the black olives, although it came in lower overall.
Our expert interpretation? You likely include two or more vegetable toppings on your pies, despite your lack of enthusiasm for them. You may appreciate some of them more in combination than on their own.
With the probable exception of those who prefer green peppers over black olives, a smaller fraction of you favours green peppers over black olives.
How could any other topping compete with Pepperoni? Pepperoni is the most traditional and popular topping for pizza. There is nothing more satisfying than observing those immaculate red circles become somewhat crusty around the edges and form a gorgeous pool of oil. How is it that one steak may perfectly complement an entire dish? Ultimately, if you want to satisfy a large group, you should order a pizza with only pepperoni. Everyone appears to be cheerful. This is the reason why pepperoni will always reign supreme among pizza toppings.
You may believe that mushrooms do not contribute much to a pizza, but you would be very wrong. Mushrooms offer a particularly pleasant, earthy flavour that complements the acidity and richness of pizza, despite the opinion held by some that they have no discernible flavour. Due to their adaptability and flavour profile, mushrooms can also be blended with any other ingredient. On top of that, mushrooms are one of the most identifiable and visually appealing pizza toppings, enhancing the appearance of any pie.
Wherever it is used, spicy sausage makes its presence known. It becomes one of the most outstanding meals when added to the pizza. When combined with additional savoury toppings such as onions and mushrooms, the resulting flavour balance will please everyone. The sausage’s spiciness and meatiness may complement practically any other ingredient, and none of its characteristics is lost in the mixture. Every bite of hot sausage contains a dash of salt, chilli flakes, and fennel seed, making it a consistent winner.
We have discussed bacon crumble and how it is a terrible substitute for bacon on pizza. However, if you go to a truly high-quality pizza business that cares about the quality of its food, you can likely acquire actual bacon strips as a topping. The crisp, meaty, and smoky flavour of bacon is the ideal complement to the richness of mozzarella cheese, and it pairs well with a quality tomato sauce. Bacon strips are likely one of the few pizza toppings that are tasty on their own. However, it also pairs well with virtually any topping.
It appears that things are about to become contentious here. While the majority of those reading this list has just turned up their noses in disgust, at least a few are vigorously nodding in accord with the pineapple’s position in the top five. It’s all about flavour balance. The salty richness of mozzarella is discernible, as is the warmer, savoury flavour of tomato sauce, as well as the bright, sweet, and slightly acidic flavour of pineapple.It may not be your preferred topping, but pineapple on pizza offers more taste than other popular additions.
Even though they make your breath stink, onions on pizza are quite wonderful. When onions are fried atop a pizza, something miraculous occurs. They do not completely decompose, as they do during the caramelization process, but they lose enough of their raw edge to acquire a mild, palatable flavour that pairs well with the savoury flavours of the other pizza ingredients. In addition, they maintain enough of their original texture to add a bit of variety to the pizza without making it overly crunchy.
There is no better topping for adding a little fire to your pie than the trusty banana pepper. Banana peppers, which frequently come in a jar after being bathed in brine (which enhances their flavour profile), pair well with practically any vegetable or meat topping. If you’re searching for something to enhance the flavour of other ingredients and add texture and brightness to your pizza, then the banana pepper is what you need.
Due to the fact that it is not usually regarded as a topping, this may anger a few individuals. Acceptable enough. Barbecue sauce is not a classic pizza topping like green peppers or anchovies, but when added to a pizza, it has a remarkable effect. It imparts a smoky, robust flavour that no other topping can match. In addition, combining it with chicken and onions creates barbecue chicken pizza, a relative newcomer to the pizza market that has proven to be both popular and delicious.
Green peppers are a very underrated pizza topping since they contribute so much. Not only do they add a splash of colour to the pie, but they also retain their texture after cooking and impart a pleasant, earthy flavour that complements the pie’s base ingredients and any other toppings. Green peppers may not be at the top of anyone’s list of favourite toppings, but they are the workhorse of the vegetable topping family, adding taste and visual appeal when other vegetables fall short.
Fresh or pickled, jalapenos add a significant amount of heat to any pizza. They are ideal for adorning a pie whose other toppings may not have enough going on. While the texture of jalapenos isn’t necessarily something to write home about (the pickled ones are particularly mushy), the flavour is fantastic when mixed with meats and vegetables. In fact, they would be an excellent way to spice up a vegetarian pizza (just replace jalapenos the olives). It’s a win-win situation.