Transforming pizza from a humble staple dish into a vehicle for outrageous toppings and mind-boggling crust styles is undoubtedly an art form.
Big chains like Pizza Hut, Little Caesars, and KFC have all gotten in on the action, right alongside their mom-and-pop pizzeria counterparts. Whether it’s a fast-food concoction that incorporates a base of fried chicken, one that involves an infusion of unusual substances, or an expensive culinary stunt topped with gold foil, here’s are 12 of the most controversial, unexpected, and bizarre pizzas to grace the earth (and our taste buds).
The $2,000 gold-leaf pizza
For very big spenders, the pizza order of choice can be found in New York’s Financial District. At $2,000, a restaurant called Industry Kitchen serves a version that’s topped with English Stilton cheese, French foie gras and truffles, the all-important Ossetra caviar, and 24-karat gold leaf all across the top for a very glittery and opulent presentation, brought to life by chef Braulio Bunay. The not-so-humble pie drew criticism for its ingredients.