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  • Writer's pictureBurke Burns



There are infinite possibilities of combinations in the culinary world. Who knew a turkey sandwich could taste great when smothered in cranberry sauce? Bacon and eggs is always a great way to start the day. Wine and cheese can be heavenly together. There are also combinations in pizza that are absolutely delicious.

Sausage and peppers is not only great as a sandwich, it is also delectable on a pie. The spicy of the sausage and traditional pizzeria sweet peppers is a taste that balances well. The smell and taste will bring anyone back to their favorite hometown neighborhood pizza joint. More and more over the last couple of decades, people have enjoyed ham and pineapple pizza. Another unusual combo, in this case there are toppings that have similarities. Both ham and pineapple are sweet. Ham can also be rich and savory. Pineapple although sweet, is also tart. The “Hawaiian” combo probably helped somewhat in the ensuing movements to enhance the pizza experience.

How about trying some beet pesto and goat cheese pizza, where instead of basil for the pesto, beets are infused. Or how about a green enchilada pizza with spicy jalapenos, black beans, ground beef, refried beans, sour cream, garlic, and cheese. It seems pizza has expanded to include many different food categories and ingredients. Another tasty pizza that pairs the sweetness of a fruit or vegetable with a spicy sausage is a roasted pumpkin and chorizo pie. The pairings and groupings of exotic or gourmet toppings has certainly become a major trend in the pizza world.

Some other new trends in pizza include vegan and gluten free pizzas, whole wheat crusts, and locally sourced dairy and produce. These items promote health, inclusivity, and help the local economy. Pizza really is the best thing in the world. Focaccia dough is an ever increasing way to capture a thicker, fuller crust. In addition, New Haven style seems to be spreading, as restaurants on both coasts boast this charred super-thin crust delight. Think New York pizza with some extra crisp. And while styles may come and go in regions that don’t have an entrenched favorite, they probably stay pretty consistent in restaurants renowned for their pizza.

Slab Sicilian Street Food in Portland, Maine is by many considered one of the best pizza places in America. At a contemporary spot like this, they cater to the old-school pizza lover and the new ideas in pizza. Therefore at Slab, you could order their established great, the Bee Sting. This featured pie is full of traditional, authentic Italian and Mediterranean ingredients, including prosciutto cotto, olives, peppers, mozzarella, pecorino romano, and oregano. This may be just the treat for a pizza lover who likes the old world tastes and scents. If you are an adventurer, and you enjoy the modern movements in the culinary arts, then maybe the Pickle and Bacon is a good choice, or the Loaded Potato. This monumental creation includes bacon, baked potato, garlic, onion, cheeses, and sour cream.

At Tutto Fresco in Bel Air, Maryland, the freshest ingredients are always the main objective. They are famous for their Jamaican Jerk pizza which has jerk-seasoned chicken along with bacon, banana peppers, mozzarella, and onions. If you are less of an explorer, and you like classic flavors, the Bruschetta pizza at Tutto Fresco may be the best pizza in Harford County. It’s simplicity reveals a freshness and nostalgic taste that is stunning. Simply using fresh garlic, roma tomatoes, basil and olive oil, chef Jonathan Miller has created a mouthwatering masterpiece.

Pizza continues to evolve. It seems the list of possible toppings exponentially increases on a consistent basis. But the process, style, ingredients, and techniques are the items that make this evolution an exciting and tasty experience.

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