Choosing what pizza to order on a Friday night—or Wednesday morning, no judgement—is tough. If you’re anything like us, then you always want to mix two pizzas together to create your perfect pie, and at Fratelli Famous’ build your own pizza bar, you can do exactly that.
Here, you’re allowed—make that encouraged— to be that person. You know the one. That friend who never heeds the ‘no substitutions’ rule at restaurants; and prefers to change every dish they order to suit their mood. Plus, you can choose from gluten free, thin sourdough or classic Napolitana bases and their pizzas only need 90 seconds in the wood fire oven to cook—so you won’t have time to question your pizza decisions (but why would you?).
At the risk of committing crimes against pizza, we’ve rounded up our favourite unexpected pizza topping combinations, but the moral of the story is that really, anything goes. If you can’t be bothered with tough choices that stand between you and your pizza, then opt for one of Fratelli Famous’ signatures instead, because pizza isn’t supposed to be hard.
We’ll kick off with one of our favourite combos, and the one that’s likely to create the biggest stir. Any true Italian will argue that pineapple doesn’t have a place on any pizza, but if you’ve grown up in Australia, then you’ll know that a pizza isn’t reeeeally a pizza without it. Pretend you’re fancy and add chili oil into the mix, then thank us for putting you onto this combo—it’s a winner and you’re welcome.
The ultimate mash up between traditional Italian pizza toppings and the American appropriation of the sacred pizza—buffalo hot sauce and grilled artichokes will blow your damn mind. We figure that this one is your best bet at pretending that you know a thing or two about authentic Italian food (because of the artichokes), while shamelessly embracing an American staple (because of the buffalo hot sauce). It isn’t likely that you’ll get away with the former, and will probably get called out for the latter, but we’re okay with that.
This one is for those days when you’ve been to the gym in the morning—well done, you—have eaten well all day, and feel like you really should keep the momentum going with a salad, but all you really want is pizza. We feel you. And we’ve found a hack that helps convince ourselves that we’re being healthy, while actually just eating a huge pizza. Enter, the build-your-own salad pizza at Fratelli Famous. Pop as many vegetables on your pizza as possible and as far as we’re concerned, you’re basically eating a huge bowl of vegetables. Or, you know, you could actually just eat a huge bowl of vegetables (also known as a salad) and skip the pizza base all together.
Gorgonzola is a cheese that separates the cheese addicts from cheese lovers—there’s a HUGE difference. It’s a pretty damn pungent member of the blue cheese family, which is why we love it, but you’ve definitely got to be in the mood before you go adding this one to your pizza. Combine it with the old faithful fire roasted capsicum for something a little bit special; just make sure you check with your mate before adding on the cheese to avoid any arguments. That’s if you’re sharing (we aren’t).
We bet you thought nothing would really go with vegan cheese, but guys, you’re wrong. Plus, it won’t make your lactose intolerant mate sick, or send your vegan friend into a spiel about the cows, so we can chalk that up as a double win. We do recommend that you put as much flavour in there as possible though (words to live by), and since you might be giving the Italian sausage a miss (aka the big Italian flavor bomb), choose the green pesto sauce on your base. How often do you get to choose a seriously herby base for your pizza? To be fair, at Fratelli Famous you could do that every day.
Let’s be honest—roasted garlic goes with errrything, so this one is a bit of a stitch up, but seriously, can roasted garlic with spicy salami ever be a bad choice? No, no it cannot. Don’t hold this one against us, OK, guys?
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