You Can Look The World Over And Still Find That Side Piece Is Number One
The United States is officially knocked out of the FIFA World Cup after losing to The Netherlands on Saturday, but that doesn’t mean that soccer–or eating pizza while eating soccer–has to be eliminated from your life just yet. There are still over two weeks of the World Cup left, so just pick a new team to be your soccer side thing so you can still spend time with your number one: Side Piece Pizza. Need help deciding between the remaining World Cup contestants? Come take a spin around the world with Side Piece Pizza and evaluate teams based on how they make their pizza!
There are several different variations of pizza in Brazil, mainly because Brazilians have welcomed the dish into their national cuisine with open arms. Some sources claim that pizza found its way to Brazil by way of a flood of Italian immigrants in the 1930s, arguing that’s why Brazilian pizza has a thinner crust than American pizza, and even times is filled with a cheese called Requeijao. It’s also not sauce-heavy but can have a variety of toppings like cream cheese or chicken. Others maintain that pizza in Brazil was introduced earlier by the Portuguese, literally calling it Pizza Portuguesa. Commonly, Pizza Portuguesa is topped with ham, calabrese sausage, bell peppers, sliced tomato, onion, black olives, and boiled eggs. Brazilians are also fans of dessert-style pizzas, so if you’re looking to root for a pizza-loving country, this is probably your best bet.
Pizza in Poland
Polish pizza is…creative. It’s called Zapiekanka, which loosely translates to “to bake” or “casserole.” It became popular in Poland in the 1970s and ‘80s when the binds of communism started to fray and is now one of the most widely-eaten street foods. It’s made on an open-faced baguette, topped with mushrooms, melted cheese like gouda, and then squirted with ketchup. That’s right. KETCHUP. There is a Hawaiian-style Zapiekanka with pineapple as well as Greek-style or Diable-style, which has a spicy sauce. Don’t knock it until you’ve tried it–this country also brought the world Polish sausages and perogies, so their culinary credibility is legit.
Everything is fancier in France, even the name for pizza, which is pissaladière. However, if you’re not a fan of anchovies or olives, then you might find this pizza le gross rather than chic. It’s completely cheeseless, for one thing, and has a very thick crust. It’s topped with caramelized onions, olives, and anchovies before it is baked, and then more are also added after it comes out of the oven. Pissaladière is usually served as an appetizer or street food, so if its strong taste is not for you, you’ll be happy to know it’s usually not the main course, and it’s certainly not a requirement to cheer for Team France the rest of the World Cup.
While these international pizzas are intriguing, there’s nothing compared to the pizza in the good old USA. While our soccer team won’t be bringing home the gold, you can by ordering Side Piece Pizza–the absolute best in Summerlin.