Strange and unusual pizza toppings you have to try

We’ve got nothing but mad love for pizzas and the classic toppings, but sometimes, don’t you just want go a little crazy? We know it’s hard to beat pepperoni, but if you’re not afraid to try something new these fun flavour ideas and combinations below are a great alternative for your next pizza party. Be warned – you may (or may not) try these again!

Beetroot 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.

Breakfast pizza

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!

strange pizza toppings - breakfast pizza
Photo credit: Alexis Lamster – Flickr

Bacon, sausage, jalapeno and sriracha sauce

Meat lovers will love this pizza…if they can handle the heat.

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…


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.

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

One of Britain’s favourite dishes, the creamy/tomato-y sauce is the perfect topping on a pizza and not too spicy so everyone can enjoy it. You can’t go wrong here.

strange pizza toppings - chicken tikka masala pizza
Photo credit: The Stay at Home Chef

Nacho pizza

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!

Dessert for dinner

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!

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.

Unusual toppings from around the world

Pizza is so popular that every country has its own variation and 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 is topped with sardines, tuna, mackerel, salmon, red herring and onions.


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.

strange pizza toppings - green peas on pizza in Brazil
Photo credit: TripHobo

Costa Rica

Shaved coconut is a popular ingredient on pizzas.


Pickled ginger, paneer and minced mutton are popular toppings. Another typical Indian pizza is tandoori chicken.


A favourite in Sweden is the banana curry pizza and includes peanuts, bananas, chicken, pineapple and lots of curry powder.


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.

strange pizza toppings - squid ink pizza in Japan
Photo credit: Food Envy


Canned tuna is a popular topping in Germany that’s mixed with other ingredients, such as olives, onions and other veggies.


Crocodile pizza is a thing at The Australian Hotel, located at The Rocks in Sydney. It’s mixed with mushrooms, fresh mozzarella, eggplant and olives. Or try the half emu and half pepper kangaroo gourmet pizza with bush tomato, capsicum and lemon myrtle mayo.


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.

Pizza for your next Office Event

EatFirst makes ordering pizza really simple, with our range of pizza suppliers and easy ordering system. If you need any help, get in touch with our experienced catering consultants who would be happy to assist you in choosing your catering options.

Order pizza catering for your next working lunch, event or for Friday night drinks with one of our office caterers or call us on 020 3890 2200.

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