Do These Toppings Belong on a Pizza? (Pepperoni Pizza Day)

If you’re looking for the perfect excuse NOT to cook tonight, I’ve got you covered: today (9/20/22) is National Pepperoni Pizza Day!

A new poll asked pizza lovers about 30 different toppings, and whether or not they belong on a pizza. Pepperoni received the most “yes” votes of all the toppings, but it wasn’t unanimous — 7% of people voted NO?!?!

The other toppings that at least two-thirds of people say DO belong on pizza include:

  • mushrooms
  • garlic
  • onions
  • bacon
  • chicken
  • sausage
  • green peppers
  • ham
  • roasted red peppers
  • pesto

The pizza toppings that only about HALF of people are cool with are:

  • spinach
  • tomato slices
  • black olives
  • jalapenos
  • pineapple (42% said no to pineapple)
  • sun-dried tomato
  • ground beef
  • banana peppers
  • barbecue sauce
  • ranch dressing
  • artichokes
  • broccoli

The pizza toppings that at least two-thirds of people said do NOT belong on pizza are:

  • fried eggs
  • asparagus
  • zucchini
  • eggplant
  • anchovies
  • shrimp
  • corn 


(There’s a full breakdown, here.)

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