Types of Pizza

There are so many types of pizza available to the average consumer that it’s almost impossible to decide. Once you get past the different types of crust – thin crust, deep dish, New York style, stuffed – you’re faced with topping choices. These can range anywhere from the basics such as plain cheese and veggie pizzas to the classic margherita and the bizarre yet incredibly tasty breakfast pizza.

Traditional Types of Pizza

Homemade Pizza:
A homemade pizza comes in all shapes and sizes, and thankfully, you can make thema ll from home and in the comfort of your own kitchen. The options are endless, and your own personal flair can turn a boring homemade pizza into a suitable replacement for any of the big delivery chains. There are many types of homemade pizza recipes available, so get started!

Cheese Pizza: It's the most basic pizza there is, but that doesn't mean it has to be boring. Depending on the types of cheeses you use, a cheese pizza can be a real crowd pleaser, not just for the taste, but because it's the one type of pizza almost everyone can eat. Vegetarians, meat eaters, and even the most picky of eaters will dig into a tasty, piping hot cheese at first sight. Check out our cheese pizza recipe to make your own.

Deep Dish Pizza:
Despite the popularity of New York-style pizza, the classic Chicago-style deep dish pizza has its fans. It can hold more toppings and generally has a greater flavor, and, unlike traditional style crusts, is meant to be savored rather than scarfed down. It's quite simple to make, and requires little more than a crust with high edges. Follow this deep dish pizza recipe to make your own.


Traditional Italian Style Pizza: A traditional Italian-style pizza, also called a Neapolitan pizza, is a popular type of pizza that operates under its own specific guidelines to be considered a "true" Italian pizza. Thankfully, you can still make at home, albeit with a twist. All you need is fresh garlic, some crushed tomatoes, oregano, and olive oil. Mozzarella cheese typically isn't used, but in some cases it wouldn't hurt to add a little bit of cheese here and there. There are a number of Traditional Italian-style pizza recipes available.


Traditional Margherita Pizza Recipe: Like the traditional Italian-style pizza, the Margherita Pizza, named and made for Margherita of Savoy in Naples in 1889, follows a distinct tradition. The toppings include fresh mozzarella, basil, and tomatoes, which are meant to represent the colors of Italian flag. This tradition has since carried over, with the basis for the Margherita pizza - tomatoes and mozzarella - helping to shape pizza as we know it today. Check out this traditional Margherita pizza recipe to make your own!


Veggie Pizza: For those with an aversion to meat, or those who simply want to lighten the caloric load on their pizza, a veggie pizza is a perfect option. One of the perks of veggie pizzas are the options for toppings. Whereas meats are rather limited, there are literally dozens of veggies that can be used as toppings to ensure a taste for even the pickiest eater. There are a number of veggie pizza recipes out there to cater to your liking.

White Pizza: Not a fan of tomatoes? A white pizza is a perfect alternative to a traditional pizza and comes with its own unique flavor. All a white pizza really is a pizza sans sauce, with added spices and additional cheese beyond the standard mozzarella. It's also incredibly easy to make, so it's the perfect pizza for when you don't have the time to prepare everything. Try the white pizza recipe featured in the recipes section of this site.

Chicken Pizza:
A chicken pizza is incredibly versatile, and given the sheer number of flavors available, it provides an opportunity to go crazy in the chicken by trying new concoctions. There are a number of different staple types off chicken pizza available, though you can never go wrong with a standard chicken pizza with spicy marinated chicken.  Check out this chicken pizza recipe that works with any type of pizza crust.

Different Types of Pizza

It is the more esoteric types of pizzas that people are most drawn to, and in some instances these pizzas transcend even the abnormal to create a unique concoction that is sure to delight everyone. Some of the more interesting pizza types include:

Fruit Pizza:
Though technically not a pizza in the true sense of the word, a “fruit pizza” is a popular way to spice up dessert. To start, you need to figure out what base you want to use. While some recipes, such as the one by Pillsbury, simply require pre-made cookie dough, “from scratch” recipes call for you to make your own crust, typically from a standard recipe for sugar cookies. Instead of cutting out cookies, all you have to do is spread it out on a pan, bake it, and top with your favorite fruit toppings. There are several fruit pizza recipes out there.


Breakfast Pizza: It may seem like an odd mix, but combining the tastiness of pizza crust with standard breakfast fare is a great flavor you just have to try. Simply choose the type of crust you prefer (or make your own!) and top it with your favorite breakfast toppings. Eggs, sausage, country fried potatoes, and, if you’re feeling daring, pieces of pancake. Try this breakfast pizza recipe as it's simple to make and will be a great start to your morning.


Dessert Pizza:
A common staple at CiCi’s Pizza Buffet, a dessert pizza is a standard pizza crust, often drizzled with chocolate, graham cracker crumbs, marshmallows, and more. In fact, you can add pretty much anything you’d like within the realm of desserts to make a dessert pizza your own tasty creation.


Posted on April 9, 2012 at 9:00 AM