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Pizza Varieties by Country 2024

Although pizza may be most famous for being one of Italy’s own culinary creations, its versatility and approachability make it a popular food item that’s also well-enjoyed throughout the rest of the world. Here’s a closer look at the differences and similarities in how countries worldwide make and enjoy pizza.

Pizza Varieties Around the World

Each nation’s approach to pizza varies according to multiple factors like ingredient availability, local preferences, and spiritual beliefs. Here are some of the best-known examples:

Italy

Italy is considered the official birthplace of pizza as people know it today. Italy is also the only known country to have government legislation that sets rules governing how pizza must be made in order to be considered pizza in the first place. The dish is typically served unsliced and eaten with a fork and knife.

In Italy, the most recognizable and popular pizza variety is perhaps the simple but delicious Margherita, consisting of fresh mozzarella, tomato sauce, and basil atop a crispy, thin crust and finished with a little olive oil.

Argentina

As Argentina is famous for its robust, juicy beef, pizzas are often meat-heavy. For example, the thick, hearty Fugazza con Jamon is a popular approach and includes onions and ham over an abundance of cheese.

Japan

Japan is well-known for its fusion-style approach to many foods, pizza included. Japanese pizza can best be described as a twist on traditional savory Japanese pancakes and may incorporate familiar ingredients like pork, fish, and vegetables. Sauces balance sweet and savory and are served on top.

Sweden

Although pizza flavors lean toward the mild side of the spectrum in Sweden, they also reflect local tastes and flavor trends. Kebab pizza is a very popular approach here. Other popular toppings include bananas with curry, seafood, and meatballs.

United States

In the U.S., each state and region has its own signature approach to pizza. Examples include New York City’s thin-crust pizzas and deep-dish Chicago pizzas. However, the United States as a nation also embraces multiple other flavors and styles.

Factors That May Affect Pizza Preferences

Naturally, a country’s cultural and spiritual differences will be the greatest influences on how its people like to make and eat pizza. However, ingredient availability is definitely another. For example, countries that produce and eat a lot of seafood as a rule are more likely to eat it on their pizzas, as well.

Globalization and economic factors are also important. In countries where it's more available and affordable as a prepared option, pizza is typically eaten more often.

- Pizza is a notably versatile food. Many more varieties likely exist than are detailed here.

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Country
Pizza Names
Topping and Details
ArgentinaA la Parrilla | A la Piedra | Argentinian deep dish | Canchera | De Molde | Fugazza | Fugazzeta | Fugazzeta especial | Italiana | Jamón y morrones | Longaniza | Muzarela (Muza) | Napo (Napolitana)
A la Parrilla - Red sauce, Cheese, other ingredients vary. The a la Parrilla is grilled from both si...
AustraliaAustralian | Australian Pork | Australian Prawn | All Meat | BBQ Beef | BBQ Chicken | BBQ Mango Chicken | BBQ Pineapple Chicken | Chicken Asparagus | Crocodile | Curry Mango Chicken | Diavola | Diavola Beef | Egg and Bacon (Aussie) | Emu | Emu Pepperoni | Hawaiian | Hot Mango | Kangaroo | Kangaroo and Emu | Neapolitan | Pepperoni | Pho Bo | Salmon | Seafood | Shark | South Australian Style | Surf and Turf | Thai Mango | Thai Style Crocodile | Three Cheese | Vegan Margherita
Australian - Tomato sauce, Cheese, Ham | Australian Pork - Tomato sauce, Cheese, Australian ham, Egg...
BrazilAtum | Banana com canela | Brigadeiro | Brocolis | Calabresa | Frango com catupiry | Green peas | Margherita (Brazilian Margherita) | Mussarela | Plantain | Portuguesa | Quatro queijos | Romeu e Julieta
Atum - Tomato sauce, Tuna, Sliced onions | Banana com canela - Condensed milk, Sweet banana slices, ...
CanadaAll dressed | Canadian Pizza | Donair | Garlic Fingers (Nova Scotian Garlic Fingers) | Hawaiian Style | Pictou County | Poutine | Sushi Pizza | Toronto Style
All dressed - Spicy tomato sauce, Onions, Pepperoni, Green chili pepper slices, Mushrooms | Canadian...
ChinaAsian Seafood | Beefsteak | Breakfast | Chicken Chow Mein | Chinese Beef | Chinese Chicken | Chinese Crab | Chinese Duck | Chinese Pork | Chili Crab | Crab Rangoon | Crab Sticks | Fish | Hoisin Garlic | Kung Pao (Gong Bao) | Mapo Doufu | Peking Duck | Roujiamo | Sichuan Fire | Sweet and Creamy | Thousand Island | Tuna | Vegetarian
Asian Seafood - Wasabi mayonnaise, Mozzarella, Honey, Shrimp, Crab meat, Tuna, Purple onion, Bell pe...
ColombiaAvocado | BBQ Hawaiian | Colombiana | De Pepperoni | Hawaiian | Jamon y Pila | Pesto | Spicy Hawaiian | Tropical | Vegetarian Hawaii
Avocado - Tomato sauce, Avocado, Tomatoes | BBQ Hawaiian - BBQ sauce, Mozzarella, Grilled pineapple,...
FinlandAmericana | Bolognese | Härkis | Kebab | Margherita | Opera | Pollo | Smoked Reindeer (Berlusconi) | Zorbas
Americana - Tomato sauce, Blue cheese, Ham, Pineapple | Bolognese - Bolognese sauce, Minced meat, Ga...
FranceAnchovies | Bresaola | Calabrese | Cesar | Crudaiola | Diavola | Four Formaggi | Four Seasons | Frog Legs | Grapes and Port Wine | Lavande (Lavender) | Maialona | Margherita | Margherita con Bufala | Marinara | Naturale | Norma | Ortolana | Parmigiana | Pazza | Peperone | Pissaladière | Porcini | Provencale | Puttanesca | Rustica | Scarmoza | Thon (Tuna) | Truffes (Truffle) | Végétarienne |
Anchovies - Tomato sauce, Mozzarella, Parmesan, Anchovy fillets | Bresaola - Tomato sauce, Mozzarel...
GeorgiaAdjaruli Khachapuri
GermanyDiavola | Schinken (Ham) | Hawaii | Margherita | Peperoniwurst (Peperoni) | Rucola (Arugula) | Salami | Sardellen (Anchovies) | Vier Jahreszeiten | Vier Käse
Diavola - Tomato sauce, Cheese, Hot salami, Hot chili powder | Schinken (Ham) - Tomato sauce, Chees...
HungaryLangalló (Lángos)
Langalló (Lángos) - Sour cream, Cheese, Bacon, Sausage, Onions
IcelandBanana | Cheese | Cheese Melt Stuffed Crust | Chicken Curry | Chili Beef | Deep Pan | Double Pepperoni | Four Cheese | Garlic Cheese | Hawaii | Hot Dog Stuffed Crust | Italian Garden | Pepperoni | Pineapple | Salami | Vegetarian | Vegan Garden
Banana - Tomato sauce, Mozzarella, Banana slices | Cheese - Tomato sauce, Cheese, Oregano | Cheese M...
IndiaAchari Paneer | Chaat | Chicken Tikka | Chili Paneer | Curry Paneer | Desi | Jain | Kadhai | Mango Chicken | Pickled Ginger | Shahi Paneer | Tandoori Chicken
Achari Paneer - Tomato sauce with mango pickle masala, Cottage cheese, Mozzarella, Crushed black pep...
IndonesiaBalado | Beef | Bulgogi | Cheese | Meat Lover | Rendang | Salmon | Satay Chicken | Satay Pork | Satay Vegetables | Tuna | Vegetarian
Balado - Mozzarella, Parmesan, Bumbu Balado (Balado seasoning), Minced chicken, Boiled eggs, Hot chi...
IranBeef | Beef Tongue | Cheese | Chicken | Eggplant | Goat’s Cheese | Ghormeh Sabzi | Lamb | Middle | Olive | Pepperoni | Persian
Beef - Mozzarella, Beef, Garlic, Onion, Persian spices | Beef Tongue - Mozzarella, Beef tongue, Mush...
IsraelAvocado (kosher) | Eggplant (kosher) | Givatayim Tomato and Olive (kosher) | Hummus (kosher) | Hummus Avocado (kosher) | Marinara (kosher) | Olive (kosher) | Quiona Olive (kosher) | Tofurkey (kosher) | Vegan (kosher) | Wholewheat (kosher)
Avocado (kosher) - Tomato sauce, Avocado slices, Lime juice | Eggplant (kosher) - Tomato sauce, Roas...
ItalyAglio e olio | Ai Broccoli | Al Salmone | Alla Vongole | Alle Verdure Grigliate | Anchovis | Bianca | Bolognese | Calabrese | Calabria (Spianata calabrese piccante) | Calzone | Caprese | Capri | Capricciosa | Caprina | Carciofi | Carpaccio | Carbonara | Contadina | Con cozze | Diavola | Etna | Frutti di Mare | Funghi | Gamberetti | Mamma Mia | Margherita | Mari e monte | Marinara | Mazza | Mozzarella | Napoletana | Napoli | O Sole Mio | Parma (Prosciutto di Parma) | Peperoni | Piccantino | Pizza al taglio (al trancio) | Pizza bread | Prosciutto | Prosciutto e funghi | Pugliese | Quattro Formaggi | Quattro Stationi | Regina | Romana | Rusticana | Salame | Salmone | Salsiccia | Sardenaira (Pizza all’Andrea) | Siciliana | Siciliana Bianca | Speziale | Spinaci | Spinaci e Uovo | Spinaci e Gorgonzola | Tartufata | Tirolese | Tonno (al Tonno, tuna) | Tonno e Cipola | Tonno e Cipola | Toscana | Vegetariana (Verdure,Ortolana) | Viennese | Vitello Tonnato
Aglio e olio - Tomato sauce, Garlic, Olive oil | Ai Broccoli - Tomato sauce, Mozzarella, Broccoli, G...
JapanAnchovy Potato | Avocado | Avocado Shrimp | Black Thunder (Sweet) | Caramel Marshmallow (Sweet) | Chashu Pork | Cheese and Honey | Chocolate (Sweet) | Eel | Hamachi Jalapeño | Hokkaido Potato | Japanese Bulgogi | Japanese Seafood | Kit Kat (Sweet) | Mayo Jaga | Mayo Potato | Mentaiko (Cod Roe) | Mochi Teriyaki | Natto | Potato | Potetama Chan | Salmon Teriyaki | Sausage and Bacon | Scallop Butter | Spicy Deluxe | Squid | Squid Ink | Strawberry (Sweet) | Sushi | Teriyaki Chicken | Vegan
Anchovy Potato - White sauce, Mozzarella, Potato, Mushrooms, Anchovies | Avocado - Cream cheese, Avo...
LebanonManakish
MaltaKwadra taż | Kwadra bajd u zalzett | Kwadra tat | Maltija (Maltese) | Meat Feast | Mexicana | Kebabpizza
Kwadra taż-żebbuġ - Tomato sauce, Green Olives | Kwadra bajd u zalzett - Cocktail sauce, Hard-boiled...
MexicoAvocado | Chicken | Chili con Carne Style | Chipotle | Loaded Mexican Style | Stuffed Mexican Style | Taco Style | Vegetarian Taco Style | Vegetarian
Avocado - Tomatoes, Avocado slices, Mexican cheese | Chicken - Fresh tomatoes, Sliced Mexican chicke...
New ZealandAntipasti | Artichokes | Bacon | Bacon and Egg | Bacon and Chicken | Bianca | Bolognese | New Zealand Calzone (Folded) | Caprese | Capricciosa | Capsicum (Chili pepper) | Cauliflower | Chicken Tandoori | Chili Prawn | Chorizo | Chorizo Prawn | Deep Dish | Fennel Ricotta | Focaccia | Four Cheese | Garlic | Gorgonzola | Gorgonzola Witlof | Ham | Lamb | Lemon | Light Seafood | Margherita | Meat Lovers | Meat Lovers BBQ | Mexicana | Mushrooms | Napoletana | Olive | Parmesan | Potato | Roast Beef | Salami Capsicum | Sardine | Sicilian Stuffed | Spicy Lamb | Supreme | Tikka Chicken | Vege (Vegetarian) | Vegetables | Wholegrain
Antipasti - Tomato sauce, Antipasti, Olive oil, Garlic | Artichokes - Tomato sauce, Goat’s cheese, A...
NorwayLørdagspizza (Lørdag)
Lørdagspizza (Lørdag) - Tomato sauce, Diced meat, Cheese, baked in a pan
PolandZapiekanka
RussiaArtichoke | Black Caviar | Black Tiger Prawns | Caramelised Apple and Onion | Dry Aged Beef | Egg and Caviar | Hawaiian | Mockba (Moscow) | Neapolitan | Pie | Potato and Truffle | Roman | Russian Meat | Russian Sauerkraut (Russian Pickled Cabbage) | Salmon | Salmon and Caviar | Seafood | Steak | Surf and Turf | Truffle | Vodka Flamed | Wild Mushroom and Truffle
Artichoke - Tomato sauce, Cheese, Artichokes, Roasted bell pepper, Black olives, Onions, Oregano | B...
South KoreaAvocado Shrimp | BBQ Chicken | Broccoli | Bulgogi | Bulgogi Pepperoni | Calamari | Cheesecake | Cream Cheese | Dak Galbi | Fig | Flaming Pizza | Gochujang Pulled Pork | Grand Prix Cookie Crust Pizza | Ham and Pineapple | Italian | Kimchi | Kimchi Tang Soo Yook (Tangsuyuk, Tansuyuk) | Korean Potato Wedges | Mayonnaise | Neapolitan | Sausage | Shrimp | Snail | Surf and Turf | Wasabi
Avocado Shrimp - Tomato sauce, Pancetta, Avocado slices, Shrimps | BBQ Chicken - BBQ sauce, Mozzarel...
SpainCatalan Coca | Chorizo | Diavola | Gamberi | Hawaiana | Jamón Serrano | Margarita | Olives | Pan | Patata y Salchicha | Salchicha | Suprema | Tapas | Vegetariana
Catalan Coca - Catalan flatbread, Ingredients vary, without cheese and tomato sauce | Chorizo - Mari...
SwedenAfricana | Artichoke | Asparagus | Banana Curry | Beef | Bolognese | Calskrove (Calzskrove) | Calzone (Folded) | Capricciosa | Ciao | Chips | Frutti di mare | Hawaii | Kebabpizza Lettuce | Marinara | Mexicana | Napolitana | Pineapple | Pork | Quattro Stagioni | Vegetariana
Africana - Tomato sauce, Cheese, Banana, Pineapple, Onions, Minced meat (Ham, Beef, or chicken), Cur...
ThailandAloha | Bacon | Chicken Caldo | Chicken Trio | Chili | Crabsticks | Double Cheese | Double Pepperoni | Ham | Italian Sausage | Meat | Namtok Chicken | Sausage | Seafood | Shrimp | Super | Thai Chicken | Thai Green Curry Chicken | Thai Grilled Chicken | Thai Tuna | Tom Yum (Tom Yam, Tom Yum Gung, Tom Yum Kung) | Tropical Seafood | Vegan Thai Cauliflower | Vegetarian Thai | Veggie
Aloha - Thousand Island sauce, Mozzarella, Pepperoni salami, Ham, Pineapple | Bacon - Tomato sauce, ...
TurkeyAntalya | Beef | Beyaz peynir | Bodrum | Chicken | Kasseri (Kaşer, Kaşar, Κασέρι) | Lahmacun (Turkish pizza) | Lahmacun Kebab | Lamb | Olive | Pastirma | Sucuc
Antalya - Tomato sauce, Kasseri cheese, Sucuc, Champignons, Egg | Beef - Tomato sauce, Cheese, Mince...
United KingdomBacon | Baked Beans | Bone Marrow | Chicken | Chicken tikka masala | Chilli | Chipotle | Chocolate | Chorizo | Curry | Deep-fried Super | Deep-fried Single | Fish and Chips | Full English Breakfast | Haggis | Hawaiian | Lamb Doner Kebab | Lamb Proscuitto | Meat Feast | Nectarine | Nutella | Parma Ham | Peking duck | Pepperoni | Potato | Pulled Pork | Sausage | Savoy Cabbage and Bacon | Smoked Tuna | Thai Curry | Vegan Thai Curry | Vegetariana | Welsh lamb
Bacon - Tomato sauce, Cheddar, Bacon | Baked Beans - Baked beans with sauce, Roasted potato slices, ...
United StatesAPIZZA (White clam pie) | Bhut Jolokia | Broccoli | Buffalo Chicken | California Style | Carolina Reaper | Cauliflower Crust, Low | Cheeseburger Style | Cheesy Crust (Stuffed Crust) | Chicago Style (Deep | Chicago Thin Crust (Tavern Cut) | Chicken Alfredo | Detroit Style | Greek Style (New England Greek Style) | Grilled Pizza | Habanero | Hawaii | Jumbo Slice | Mac and Cheese | Meatball | Mexican Style | New York Style (New York Slice) | Ohio Valley | Old Forge Red | Old Forge White | Pan Pizza | Puck’s Smoked Salmon | Quad City Style | Sicilian | St. Louis | Stromboli | Tomato Pie (New Jersey Style) | Tropical
APIZZA (White clam pie) - Clams, Pecorino Romano, Garlic, Olive oil, Oregano | Bhut Jolokia - Tomato...
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Which country has the most varieties of pizza?

Several countries have their homegrown variations of pizza. However, Italy may be the only country to legislate what ingredients and preparation methods make a pizza.

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