Ah, pepperoni pizza – are there any two sweeter words? Stringy cheesy goodness mixed with sweet tomato sauce and the meaty, slightly spiced bite of pepperoni. We're lucky to have this classic dish all over in Singapore, with places like The Manhattan Pizza Co., Pizzaboy and Extra Virgin Pizza serving up their own versions of this long-time favourite.
What's the deal?
What makes the pepperoni pizza such a mouth-watering delight? The perfect dough base – thin, thick or boasting a stuffed crust– is crispy on the outside and soft and chewy inside. Traditionally you'll find your pizza topped with tomato sauce, fresh mozzarella cheese, a drizzle of olive oil and pepperoni – all cooked to perfection in a wood-fired oven.
There are new takes on the dish too. Simply changing the type of cheese or adding extra flavours like aged Italian Provolone cheese can make a bold, tasty difference to this staple.
Where did it come from?
A fusion of Italy and America, you won't be surprised to learn that the modern pizza was invented in Naples by baker Raffaele Esposito in 1889. However, pepperoni – a mixture of cured beef, pork and spices – was brought to life in America as a stateside version of Italian salami some 20 years later.
We don't know the first person who put two and two together, topping pizza with pepperoni, but we're forever thankful for their invention.
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If you're after a true New York-style pepperoni pizza, The Manhattan Pizza Co. is the place for you. Their dough is homemade using a traditional family recipe and the pizza is huge – each slice measuring in at 10 inches – making a truly hearty meal to enjoy on your own or share with friends and family.
They also keep things old-school at Pizzaboy, with their aptly named Amazing Pepperoni. You'll find a chunky thick crust paired with their signature house sauce and that smoky sausage we all know and love. Add a side of spicy buffalo wings, potato wedges or cheesy fries for a true American feast.
When you're in the mood for something a bit different, head on over to Extra Virgin Pizza. Their Spotted Pig packs in tomato, mozzarella, pepperoni, pork sausage, applewood smoked bacon and Parmigiano Reggiano. This delight takes the humble pepperoni to the next level.
Have your own pepperoni pizza party. Check out your options here on Deliveroo today.