20 mouthwatering photos that show what pizza looks like around the world

20 mouthwatering photos that show what pizza looks like around the world

 

Detroit pizzaDetroit pizza is just one style America has to offer.Dale Cruise/ Flickr

  • INSIDER rounded up 20 of the most mouthwatering varieties of pizza from around the world, including versions in America, Italy, France, Japan, and Turkey.
  • Detroit-style pizza is a deep-dish pie with an extra-crispy crust topped with "brick cheese" and a layer of sauce on top.
  • In France, a tarte flambée is topped with fromage blanc or crème fraîche, onions, and lardon (bacon).

Americans are obsessed with pizza. As our unofficial national food, there's nothing quite like a heavenly pie topped with generous heapings of cheese and sauce. But baked dough with toppings is not an exclusively American or even an Italian culinary tradition.

INSIDER has curated a list of pizza-like dishes from around the world, from more familiar iterations like the thin-crusted Tarte Flambée in France to Sfiha, a Middle Eastern open-faced pie topped with ground mutton.

Keep scrolling to create your own travel bucket list of "pizzas" to try around the globe.

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Plain slice, New York City

Plain slice, New York City
It's not a "regular cheese pizza;" it's a plain slice or a pie.
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This just might be the style of pizza we're most familiar with: A thin, crispy triangular slice topped with melted mozzarella cheese, tomato sauce, and sometimes other toppings. This greasy slice is beloved throughout America, and for most people, New York reigns supreme as the pizza capital of the United States.

Pizza Bianca, Rome, Italy

Pizza Bianca, Rome, Italy
No cheese or sauce: just pizza bread with olive oil and seasoning.
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What's known as "white pizza" in America is actually totally different in Rome. There, pizza bianca is a street food that traditionally does not have sauce or cheese, and is instead simply pizza dough sprinkled with sea salt and sometimes other seasonings. It's comparable to a flatter foccacia bread.

Manakish, Lebanon

Manakish, Lebanon
This traditional Lebanese bread is topped with sausage.
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If you love cold pizza in the morning, you'll be pleased to know that Lebanon's version of the dish is usually served as breakfast. Manoosheh (plural, Manakish) is made with pizza dough and topped with za'atar seasoning (thyme, oregano, and sesame seeds). Sometimes, cheese and meat is added to the pie as well.

fiha, Lebanon, Syria, and later Brazil.

Sfiha, Lebanon, Syria, and later Brazil.
An Arabic bread with multiple versions across the Middle East.
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Sfiha is a flatbread of many spellings (Sfīḥah, Esfiha or Esfirra) and origin stories. This Middle Eastern dish is typically made in the shape of a round pizza pie or an open-faced Hot Pocket, and filled with seasoned ground mutton or beef, labneh (a Middle Eastern cheese), and sometimes vegetables.

Bulgogi pizza, Korea

Bulgogi pizza, Korea
Combining the traditional Korean barbecue meat with a pizza crust.
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This Korean fusion dish that combines Western pizza with Korean barbecue has become very popular in South Korea recently. Pizza dough is topped with bulgogi (Korean marinated barbecued beef), vegetables like corn and peppers, and a bulgogi sauce (white wine, oyster sauce, sesame oil, and sugar) instead of Western barbecue or marinara sauce.

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