We’ve got nothing but love for pizzas and the classic toppings, but sometimes, don't you just want to shake things up a bit?
We know it's hard to beat pepperoni, but if you're not afraid to try something new on National Pizza Day on 9 February, try these fun flavour ideas and combinations below at your next pizza party.
Be warned – you may (or may not) try these again!
Pumpkin and hummus pizza
Swap out the tomato sauce for hummus and pile on the pumpkin with this unique pizza combination that sounds all kinds of delicious to any Middle Eastern food lover.
Where to order it: Arrivederci Pizza in Brisbane
Beet pesto with goat cheese
Beets and goat cheese are best friends and we can't get enough of this delicious combo! Simply substitute basil for beetroots in your pesto sauce for a creamy and delicious pizza topping.
Caramelised onions, apples and goat cheese
Apples and onions might not sound appetising, but when baked, they create a deliciously sweet and savoury combo. Add a little thyme and a drizzle of honey over the top and you've got the perfect pizza. You'll impress everyone at your pizza party with this beaut.
Combine your two loves into one with the breakfast pizza! Try these topping ideas: sausages, Parmesan cheese and egg or bacon and eggs on your pizza! (If you're looking for this one on a menu, the breakfast pizza is often referred to as an Australian pizza.)
Where to order it: Carlisle Pizza (The Oz Pizza) in Melbourne
Rhubarb, basil and apple honey BBQ sauce
It sounds like a strange combo, but surprisingly it works. The rhubarb combined with the basil and BBQ sauce create a savoury and delicious pizza.
Grilled honey chicken with sriracha sauce
The heat from the sriracha sauce mixed with the honey creates a sweet heat that will leave you wanting more….and more…
Calamari and other seafoods
Crispy fried calamari rings on a pizza? Sounds crazy, but it works! Add a variety of cheeses and baby spinach, or try drizzling aioli sauce over the top.
Where to order it: Arthur's Pizza in Sydney (Seafood pizza)
Red peanut curry
If you're torn between Indian or Italian for dinner, why not combine the two on a pizza? Why not try chicken cooked in red peanut curry and topped with fresh basil leaves. You could substitute chicken with any protein, like beef, pork or prawns.
Chicken tikka masala, tandoori and butter chicken
One of Britain's favourite dishes, the creamy/tomatoey Indian sauces is the perfect topping on a pizza and not too spicy so everyone can enjoy it. You can't go wrong here.
Where to order it: Carlisle Pizza in Melbourne, Arthur's Pizza in Sydney
Nobody says you can't put some delicious and spicy nacho meat and beans, covered in cheese, right on top of a crispy pizza base. Add some corn chips around the side and a couple of dollops of sour cream and guac in the centre! Yum!
Picture it: chocolate spread for the base, topped with fresh bananas, strawberries and blueberries, with a scoop of ice cream per slice. If you're really looking for that sugar rush, pop on a few marshmallows before putting it in the oven. Gooey, chocolately, sugary galore!
Where to order it: Arthur's Pizza in Sydney
A golden slice
Yep, you can eat golden pizza. That is, if you have a spare US$2,000 to spare. Industry Kitchen in New York City can serve up a golden pizza, complete with caviar, foie gras and truffles. May not be on the ‘must try list,' but unusual, nonetheless.
It may have origins in Italy, but each country has their own spin on this humble pie.
Every country has its own variation and the most popular pizza topping in one country may sound super strange in another. It will vary depending on the region, cultural preference and local food available. Check out some of the interesting ones below and look out for them on your travels.
In Russia, the mockba is a commonly consumed pizza that's named after the local word for Moscow. It's topped with sardines, tuna, mackerel, salmon, red herring and onions.
It's not quite a dessert pizza, but Costa Ricans love adding coconut to their pizzas. Shaved coconut is a popular ingredient on pizzas.
You might not be a fan of green peas, but in Brazil, they love it so much that they add it to their pizza! Other popular toppings also include quail eggs, carrots, beetroot and raisins.
Our resident Brazilian team member, Lia, also tells us stroganoff and frango com catupiry - chicken, a type of processed cheese with optional corn - are also popular pizza orders in the South American country.
Pickled ginger, paneer and minced mutton are popular toppings. Another typical Indian pizza is tandoori chicken.
Our team member Albina, who is based in India, also says paneer tikka is a popular menu item and Indian pizzerias.
Here's one of the most unique combinations we came across while researching this article; a favourite in Sweden is the banana curry pizza. It's topped with peanuts, bananas, chicken, pineapple and lots of curry powder.
Canned tuna is a popular topping in Germany that's mixed with other ingredients, such as olives, onions and other veggies.
If you're ever in Japan, try these unusual pizzas. The Japanese like to add Saba, or pickled mackerel fillet on their pizza. Another popular pizza is Ikasumi, or squid ink. It's blended with tomato pizza sauce that creates a dramatic black sauce for the pizza dough and has a slightly fishy flavour. If you want to try something a bit tamer, the teriyaki chicken pizza is an option.
This might not be for everyone, but in Missouri, a popular pizza topping are cicadas! They have a nutty tasty, but beware of the legs as they can tickle on the way down.
Of course, we couldn't write this article without including ourselves!
Crocodile pizza is a thing at the Australian Heritage Hotel, located at The Rocks in Sydney. It's mixed with mushrooms, fresh mozzarella, eggplant and olives.
Or try the "Coat of Arms" — it's half emu and half pepper kangaroo gourmet pizza with bush tomato, capsicum and lemon myrtle mayo.
If you’re not quite ready to try these wacky pizzas and you’d rather stick to the classics thank you very much, order pizzas from our corporate caterers today for your next business meeting or team lunch. We promise, there’ll be no surprises here.
Some of our favourite pizza party catering suppliers in Australia include: