Is it possible that sausage pizza in New York City is going the way of the dodo bird? Pepperoni and cheese are the most popular choices, but other up and coming toppings have replaced sausage as favorites. Replacement toppings include buffalo chicken or artichokes.
Joe Pozzuoli is the founder of Greenwich Village’s well known Joe’s Pizza. It was founded in 1975. Joe has seen trends in pizza selections come and go.
In discussing sausage pizza Joe says, “It’s fallen off over the past 10, 15 years. Thirty years ago, I would order 30 to 40 pounds of sausage a week. Now I order very little. Two or three pounds.”
Pozzuoli ponders that it may be the fat in sausage that is causing it to be less popular. Long Island native Jamie Roberts thinks it might be just a matter of taste.
“I haven’t found a place lately where I like the sausage they use. Some places use that crumbly, fake kind of sausage. I like when it’s circular – when you cut it.”
Scott Weiner’s business takes customers on “historical, cultural and culinary explorations through the New York pizza scene.” Weiner believes the decline in sausage started in the 1990s and early 2000s.
Weiner says, “People are not requesting it as much. Chicken, pineapple slices, jalapenos, all these other toppings are becoming more popular, so (the pizzerias are) phasing sausage out.”
In today’s world, foodie’s seem to be focused on lighter dishes with unique flavors. Italian sausage just does not fit the bill for many.