Every component of a pizza makes it quality comfort food. Whether you like it over the top or understatedly simple, there are ingredients that can satisfy the pickiest palettes. When it comes to selecting a pie that you, your friends, and family can be happy with, the combination of ingredients are endless in creating your new favorite savory pie or sweet pie. From your toddler’s whims to your grandmother’s favorite toppings, you can order or make the perfect compromise for both.
For some, the dough is the most important aspect of the pie. It holds everything on top of it and provides a flavorful base. Because it is the largest element of each slice, it is a major component of the flavor profile. Therefore, restaurants pay close attention to the ingredients and type of crust they use to compliment the styles of pizza that they offer. You can top any sturdy dough with the sauce, cheese, and protein of your liking, but the crust has to be at the thickness and consistency of your liking. The snap of a thin crust or the chew of a thick one either draws your attention to the crunch of the dough or to the mouthful of ingredients blending together for more of a baked good experience.
Next, there is the sauce or as some prefer, no sauce at all. Many people are allergic to tomatoes and some people just don’t like sauce. You can add an herb flavor with pesto, a roasted tomato flavor, a creamy garlic flavor, a ranch base, and the list goes on and on. The variety really lies in your ability to get creative with your choice of cheeses and other toppings.
It should be no surprise that at restaurants and at home, cooks have been experimenting with pizza toppings for a long time now. On one hand, in fine dining, you can find caviar, lobster, and beluga cheeses. On the other hand, in your neighborhood restaurant, the flavor profiles have changed slightly in order to enhance you overall experience. They’ve added herbs and cheeses to the dough, they’ve changed the recipe for their sauce options, they allow your whim to select the toppings that create the dining experience that give you that warm and satisfying feeling at home or dining in. The bottom line is that you’re able to find the specific pizza ingredients that will please your individual or family’s taste buds.