- Sausage, caramelized onions, and fennel.
- Pepperoni, tomatoes, mushrooms, and onion.
- Pepperoni, sausage, green pepper, onion and mushroom.
- BBQ sauce, topped with grilled chicken and cheddar cheese.
- Thousand Island dressing, topped with sauerkraut, corned beef or pastrami, and Swiss cheese.
- Corn and spicy Italian salami
- Gorgonzola, bacon, apples and red onion
- Roasted red peppers, chorizo, and feta
- Sausage and pineapple
- Buffalo chicken and blue cheese
- Gorgonzola, artichoke hearts, prosciutto, red onion and tomato
- Figs, prosciutto, and caramelized onions
- Grilled chicken, avocado, and cherry tomatoes
- Bacon and avocado
- Spinach, caramelized onion, and bacon
- Roasted Brussels sprouts and bacon or pancetta
There’s no doubt that a love for pizza spans the globe, so it seems fairly inevitable that we’ve come to this point, where anything and everything is tossed on a slice and tried out. From squid ink to prawns, baked beans to alligator, and the banana curry pie picture above, it’s an interesting to see what people like on their pizza!
Whether you’re at a social gathering, casual lunch with friends, or just don’t feel like cooking dinner, pizza is there and it is irresistible. But have you ever stopped and wondered why it is so hard to resist reaching for that second or third slice?
The answer starts with our taste buds. The human tongue recognizes 5 different types of taste: sweet, sour, salty, bitter and umami. Certain substances in food stimulate our taste buds causing us to feel these different types of tastes. For example, sucrose in foods lets us tastes the “sweet,” hydrochloric acid allows us to taste the “sour,” sodium chloride causes the salty flavor in foods, quinine in foods allows us to taste the “bitter” and glutamate stimulates our umami taste perception.
We all have a general idea of what salty, sweet, bitter and sour taste like, but what exactly does umami taste like? Umami, meaning “delicious” in Japanese, is described as being rich and savory.
What is important about umami and glutamate is that they enhance flavor, causing people to eat and crave a particular food more. Many people are familiar with the term glutamate and know about its flavor enhancing abilities through its reputation in monosodium glutamate (MSG), but glutamate is also found naturally in certain foods and is therefore used by some culinary professionals as a natural flavor enhancer.
The more glutamate in food, the more flavorful it will be. Animal protein sources like beef, pork, chicken and fish are typically high in glutamate. Tomatoes and aged cheese, the two foods that serve as the foundation of pizza, are also two foods packed with plenty of glutamate!
A typical slice of pizza may have about 3 tablespoons of tomato sauce providing 140 milligrams of glutamate. A tablespoon of Parmesan cheese that could be used to season the slice can provide about 75 milligrams of glutamate! Right when we take that first bite of warm pizza crust topped with tomato sauce and cheese, our taste buds are stimulated by glutamate, and so we’re hooked and want more. Some common pizza toppings like mushrooms can even add more glutamate, enhancing the flavor. Talk about glutamate being the ultimate pizza-marketing tool!
Many culinary professionals also believe that foods with similar flavor compounds pair really well together. Tomatoes and mozzarella cheese, our beloved examples, both contain 4methylpentanoic acid (a flavor compound) making them a match made in pizza heaven!
Planning a fun Halloween party this weekend? Order pizza for delivery and your guests will be sure to have a great time!
Sometimes there just isn’t time to cook in the evening, which is when pizza delivery feels like a necessity, not a luxury. If you live in or around Pigeon Forge or Gatlinburg, there’s no need to spend hours on food prep in order to enjoy a freshly prepared meal. All our delivery pizzas are made to order and delivered rapidly, ensuring you can enjoy irresistible, fresh hot pizza whenever you like.