More than just about any food, pizza is perfectly suited to being turned into something completely ridiculous. Seriously, it’s just begging to be messed with. And the mad geniuses behind these 11 pizzas, which very well might be the wildest ones on earth, have certainly risen to the challenge.
There are a few reasons why pizza is so ripe for ridiculousness. One, we’re so used to seeing it topped with sauce, cheese, and the usual toppings that when one is topped with something completely absurd, it’s hilarious. Two, it’s literally a blank slate, a large circle of dough that all but begs to be loaded up with insane stuff. Three, it’s such a universal and easily accessible food that the barrier to entry is essentially nil. If you have a flash of inspiration to create a ridiculous pizza, there’s not much stopping you from making that vision a reality.
While some of the most ridiculous pizzas of all time are decidedly gimmicky, these pizzas were chosen because not only are they completely absurd, they most likely taste pretty good as well. It’s easy to come up with a completely absurd pizza — just buy a premade pizza crust and top it with, say, nacho cheese sauce, canned tuna, durian, and Reese’s Pieces, and there you go — but it’s not so easy to come up with an insane pizza that actually works. And that’s where the creativity comes into play.
In many ways, a truly outrageous pizza is a little like jazz. Sure, anybody can pick up a saxophone and start wailing away and improvising, but the results aren’t going to be any good. Before you can mess with musical forms and styles, you need to first completely master the art form. Much in the same vein, if you want to make a crazy pizza, you first have to master traditional pizzas and learn which flavors work together and which ones don’t. If these pizzas were jazz albums, they’d be Bitches’ Brew.