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Are You a Pizza Lover? Let’s Have a Closer Look at How Other Cultures Eat This Tasty Dish!

Mariam Youssef - Nov 2021

September 5th marks the national cheese pizza day in the USA. In theory, pizza is flatbread topped with a variety of things. When this dish was transferred from Italy to the rest of the world, every country translated it according to its culture, adding different toppings and flavors. For the love of pizza, we’re going to take a look at how people around the world eat pizza.


This delicious plate comes from Italian origins; however, the taste may differ from a city to another. The standard Italian pizza is a Margherita that is topped with buffalo mozzarella, tomato sauce, and fresh basil, creating a green, white, and red palette that refers to the Italian flag.


Okonomiyaki is a Japanese pancake or pizza that has special flavors. Naturally, Japanese people top their pizzas with noodles and seafood, such as shrimp, tuna, and squid. Sometimes they even replace the tomato sauce with squid ink sauce. Although the dish may look like a pancake, it is referred to as Japanese pizza.


The Spanish version of pizza is referred to as Coca, which originated from the Catalonia region. It looks similar to the original dish, but it lacks cheese and tomato. Usually, it is topped with anything savory like bacon, mushroom, red bell pepper, olives, onions, and sausage.


Needless to say, Indian pizza is spicy. Indians took the dish to a whole new level, making it resemble their ethnic food. Paneer makhana, chicken tikka masala, and tandoori paneer naan pizzas are the most popular dough-based food. Additionally, India’s typical pizza is vegetable-based, but they can be topped with meat sometimes.


Different from the rest of the world, Russians serve their pizza or “Mockba” cold! Mockba means Moscow and it is the Russian version of pizza. They top their cold dish with raw onions, fish, sardine, and tuna.


The literal translation of “Lahmacun” is meat and dough and it is the Turkish version of pizza. It is a thin crust that is topped with ground beef. Turkish people also add red pepper paste, tomatoes, onion, paprika, and oil on top.


French pizza or “Tarte Flambée” is more of a bacon and onion tart that is made with a thin crust. It is very similar to bacon pizza, except that this dish uses white cheese or fresh cream and is cooked with pork fat.


Although several restaurants in Egypt make exceptional Italian pizza (the ones our moms make at home taste better though), we managed to transform this dish into something of our own, calling it an oriental pie. Our Egyptian pizza is filled with anything savory like sausage, pastrami, chicken, and meat and topped with vegetables. It is called pizza because it has toppings like the original dish, but the dough tastes like pie.

Every country has its own distinctive culture that makes its food ethnic and traditional. When it comes to international dishes like pizza, all countries add their own flavors to make the dish more familiar. Now that you’ve seen a few examples of how people from around the world eat pizza, what is your favorite?

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