14 Types of Pizza Around The World

pizza around the world

Although pizza originated from Naples in Italy in the 1700s, it has since become one of the most popular foods around the world. Many countries including the USA have added their spin and created their own styles of pizza which are a little different from what you would find in Italy. Today, we’re going to take a look at the different types of Pizza around the world and see what they have to offer.

14 Types of Pizza Around The World

Although pizza originated from Naples in Italy in the 1700s, it has since become one of the most popular foods around the world. 

Many countries including the USA have added their spin and created their own styles of pizza which are a little different from what you would find in Italy. Today, we’re going to take a look at the different types of Pizza around the world and see what they have to offer.

American Styles

Let’s kick off our list by taking a look at the American styles of Pizza

The first pizzeria in the united states was opened in 1905, but pizza gained popularity in the US extremely quickly and today, it’s seen as a “Classic”, just over 100 years later.

Here are some common types of Pizza in the United States:

  • New York-style
  • Detroit Deep Dish
  • Chicago Deep Dish

New York Style

Firstly, we have the New York-style pizza which as the name suggests originated in New York.

The new york style pizza is simple, yet delicious. It’s a thin pizza with a thick crust, the toppings are usually tomato sauce and mozzarella cheese.

This style of American pizza evolved from the Italian Napoleon style pizza which we will talk about later on in this article.

Nowadays, the new york style is not just popular in New York, but also throughout the rest of the US and even in Europe. Although, in Europe, it often does not get the credit it deserves and is often confused with the Pizza Margherita, despite there being some key differences.

Detroit Style Pizza

Another mouth-watering American pizza style is the Detroit style pizza.

The Detroit style pizza has a rectangle shape and its main toppings are tomato sauce, brick cheese, and pepperoni. It’s also much thicker than the new york style.

The Detroit style pizza is a perfect combination of fluffiness and crispy crust.

This style of Pizza only developed in the mid-twentieth century, but it didn’t start spreading to other parts of the US until the early 2010s. Today, it’s one of the most popular American pizza styles.

Chicago Deep Dish Pizza

Just like many other cities in the US, Chicago also has its own Pizza style. In fact, it has a couple.

The most famous one is the Chicago deep dish. Unlike the New York styles, the Chicago deep-dish pizza is extremely thick and more of a pie.

As the name suggests this pizza comes from Chicago, but it has established itself across the US as one of the most popular styles of pizza. The main toppings are mozzarella, parmesan cheese, tomato, and Italian sausages. The Italian sausages are optional but can add a nice meaty flavor to the pizza.

Due to the thickness, it has to be served in a way similar to a pie.

The thickness gives the Chicago deep dish an extremely explosive and delicious flavor.

Italian Styles

Next, let’s talk about the Italian styles, the place where pizza originated from.

Italy has too many styles to count them all in this blog post, but let’s take a look at some of the main Italian pizza styles.

Here are the Italian pizza styles that we are going to take a look at:

  • Neapolitan Pizza
  • Pizza Bianca
  • Sicilian
  • Pizzolo

As we have mentioned earlier on Pizza did originate in Naples, Italy. Many other cities within Italy have also added their own twists and some of the pizza you will find in Italy is in fact very different from the traditional styles. 

Neapolitan pizza

The first and most famous types of Italian pizza is Neapolitan pizza. As the name suggests, it originated in Naples, Italy, but has since become one of the most popular pizza styles of the world.

Back in the 18th century, Neapolitan pizza was one of the most delicious and affordable foods sold on the streets of Naples and it’s still the same case today. 

Its main toppings are tomato sauce and mozzarella cheese. The Margherita pizza is also usually a classic Neapolitan pizza, although the word “Margharita” is quite confusing and can mean other types of pizza too.

The New York-style pizza developed from the Neapolitan pizza after Italian immigrants first made it in the early 20th century.

Compared to the New York style pizza, the Neapolitan pizza has a little less cheese coverage. The New York style pizza is entirely covered with cheese, while the Neapolitan pizza is just dotted with cheese.

Neapolitan pizza is also often topped with basil and also has a more pillowy and chewy crust.

Traditionally, its served uncut and it is eaten with a knife and fork.

Pizza Bianca

Another great Italian style of pizza is Pizza Bianca which is also known as the “white pizza”.

Pizza Bianca is made with fresh and crusty dough and afterward, it is drizzled with olive oil. It is also made with mozzarella cheese, but some like to use other cheese types such as provolone. Despite the delicious flavor of this pizza, there is no sauce needed.

As the name “white pizza” suggests, the color is much lighter compared to most other types of pizza.

This unique style of pizza originated in Rome, Italy.


Sicilian pizza is an Italian style of pizza that originated in Palermo on the Sicily islands in the 1860s.

Usually, by tradition it’s a rectangle, however, sometimes it can also be round, similar to the Neapolitan pizza. It is also much thicker and fluffier than other Italian styles of pizza and it is commonly topped with a strong cheese such as caciocavallo, tomato sauce, Milano salami, or anchovies.

Unlike other types of pizza, the cheese is added before the tomato sauce which is also something that makes Sicilian unique.


Pizzolo is another Italian style of pizza which also originates from the Sicily islands. 

It has a variety of different toppings such as:

  • Oregano Peppers
  • Parmigiano Cheese 
  • Salt
  • Olive oil
  • cheeses
  • salami

Pizzolo has a range of different versions and even a sweet one which includes pistachio cream, chocolate cream, or ricotta. Another unique thing about Pizzolo is that it has an additional layer of dough which makes it a bit of a pizza sandwich.

Other Types of Pizza Around The World

Of course, Pizza has become one of the most popular foods worldwide, not just in the US and Italy.

Many countries have taken the pizza concept and added their own unique spin that suits their country.

Let’s take a look and see what types of pizza the other countries have to offer.

Pizza Colombiana (Colombia)

Firstly, we have pizza Colombia which as the name suggests originated in Colombia.

The toppings on the Pizza Colombiana are:

  • Sweetcorn
  • Shredded Morzella cheese
  • Colombian Chorizo
  • Avocado
  • Cilantro
  • Red pepper flakes (optional)

The variety of toppings gives this Colombian pizza a fantastic taste and is the reason it has become popular in Colombia, as well as in the US.

Brazilian Pizza

The Brazilian pizza is also often described as a carnival in your mouth. Why?

Just take a look at the toppings.

  • Eggs
  • Olives
  • Mozzarella
  • Onions
  • Mushrooms
  • Corn
  • Oregano
  • Ham
  • Peas

As you can see, it has a huge number of toppings which all contribute to the “carnival in your mouth” effect. Brazilian pizza has also become popular in the United States and in many parts of Europe including the UK.

It’s definitely worth a try, as it’s extremely unique and the combination of flavor is something you will not find anywhere else.

Fugazzeta (Argentina)

Another tasty South American type of pizza is Fugazzetta which originated in Argentina.

Fuggazzetta is stuffed with cheese and topped with onions, leaving you with a delicious combination of cheese and onion. There is also an Italian style called focaccia which is similar.

It’s become extremely popular in Argentina, as well as in the US. If you have ever tried cheese and onion crisps, the Fugazetta tastes quite similar just with a lot more cheese and of course the taste of the crust.

It’s a great combination of flavors and one of the most delicious types of pizza.

Mexican Pizza (Mexico)

Our next type of pizza is the Mexican pizza. Although the name suggests that Mexican pizza originated in Mexico, it’s actually an Americanized Mexican food.

However, that doesn’t mean that it’s not Mexican at all, as the toppings are the classic Mexican taco/fajita toppings including:

  • Beef
  • Can refried beans
  • Taco seasoning
  • Onions
  • Avocados
  • Fajita Steak

These delicious toppings are then piled on top of the pizza crust, but you can also add any of your favorite taco or burrito toppings. Despite, it not being traditional Mexican food, I think the Mexican pizza has deserved it’s spot on this list thanks to all the flavors it has.

Lahmacun (Turkey/Armenia)

Next, we have Lahmacun, also known as the “Turkish pizza”.

Lahmacun is a thin and round piece of dough that is usually topped with beef or lamb, tomatoes, paprika, lemon, and parsley.

Although, it is referred to as “Turkish pizza”, it isn’t actually prepared with cheese and the crust is also thinner than most types of pizza. The taste of lahmacun is usually a little spicy, but not too spicy, just enough to tickle your tongue.

Still, it made this list as it is the Turkish version of pizza and is known to be incredibly tasty. It has also become extremely popular throughout the whole of Europe including the UK, Germany, and France.

Flammkuchen (Germany/France)

Flammkuchen (german) or Tarte Flambee is a type of pizza that originated in Germany and also France. 

Translated to English, Flammkuchen means flam cake.

The toppings include Greek yogurt, onions, ground pepper, ham, and nutmeg. It’s extremely popular in Germany, Switzerland, and France, but has also gained some popularity in the UK. 

Pissaladière (France)

Pissaladiere is another type of pizza that originated in France.

It comes in a rectangle shape and is topped with large black olives, onions, olive oil, thyme, and anchovies.
This is also another type of pizza that is not necessarily seen to be pizza, but we counted it as most people would see the Pissaladiere as pizza. Plus, it has also inspired some pizza stores around the world to add a Pissaladiere to their menu, so why shouldn’t it be on this list?

Honorable Mentions

There are a lot of different types of pizza around the world. In fact, there are way too many for us to count them all in this blog post.

But, here are some great styles of Pizza that didn’t make it, but are still fantastic:

  • Focaccia (Italy)
  • Buffalo Chicken Pizza (USA)
  • Thai Chicken Pizza 
  • Swedish Pizza (Sweden)
  • Lahma Bi Ajeen (Lebanon) 

Each of these types of Pizza is explained below too.

Focaccia (Italy)

Focaccia was mentioned earlier on in this blog post, as it is similar to Fugazzeta, the cheesy Argentinian pizza with an onion flavor too. 

Buffalo Chicken Pizza (USA)

Although the buffalo chicken pizza is right up there from the taste, it’s not quite as a classic type of pizza like the other American styles on this list. Still, the buffalo chicken pizza is one of the tastiest pizzas out there.

Thai Chicken Pizza (Thai)

The Thai Chicken Pizza also has a similar situation to the Buffalo Chicken. In terms of flavors, many people love it, but it’s not got the same traditions as some of the other pizzas on this list.
That being said, it tastes fantastic and does deserve to be in the honorable mentions. It’s just more of an Americanized Thai food. 

Swedish Pizza

Swedish Pizza is another interesting one. Believe it or not, they actually have bananas on Pizza. Not only do they just have bananas on their pizza, but they also combine this with ham, beef or chicken, as well as pineapple. Very unique to say the least.

Lahme Bj Ajeen (Lebanon)

Lastly, we have a pizza from Lebanon, the Lahma Bj Ajeen which is a very small and thin pizza that is topped with a delicious meat mixture on top. This is usually served as an appetizer.

That’s It!

We hope you have enjoyed this long list of types of pizzas around the world.

Which one is your favorite and which one do you want to try?

Pizza is a special and delicious type of food which you can tell by the number of countries that have adopted it and added their own spin to it.

Today, popular pizza franchises such as Domino’s are also always coming up with new types every day, so it’s interesting to see how pizza will evolve in the next 20-50 years, as it has evolved extremely quickly up until now considering it only came to the US just over 100 years ago. 

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