Favorite Pizza Condiments

My favorite pizza condiments add savory, salty, zesty and fiery flavor to an otherwise plain pizza. What would YOU add?

Blank Canvas
A blank canvas…

For anyone local, that is a Grotto pizza. They put the cheese on first, then ladle the sauce on top. Oh yes!

Top Four Pizza Toppings
Favorite pizza condiments…

Left to Right: Alpino Spicy Pizza topping, Tallarico’s Hoagie Spread, California Sun-Dried Tomatoes with Garlic, and DeCecco Basil Pesto.

Anchovies and capers
Anchovies and capers

The KING of toppings… anchovies! Only made better with capers.

Alpino Jar pizza topping
The inspiration for this post…

I first found Alpino brand Spicy Pizza Topping when I was researching Chicago Dogs. I was looking for a source for authentic poppy seed buns, and found this topping along with the buns.

Alpino Jar and Sample
Alpino Pizza topping sample

The Alpino Brand of spicy Pizza Topping is a product of The Puckered Pickle Company. Apologies in advance, as they have a crappy website.

Alpino Spicy Pizza Topping closeup
Alpino Spicy Pizza Topping close up view

What are YOUR favorite condiments on pizza? Veggies? Sauces? Other cheeses?

Let us know in the Comments below.

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  1. Interesting piece – my neighbors and I frequently make pizza at home – it’s invariably better quality and cheaper than ordering delivery or take-out, and with Trader Joe’s seling 3 types of dough, the most painful part is out of the way. With a stone or a sheet of parchment (or both) you can get that nice fresh-baked yet crispy bottom crust right out of your oven (or BBQ, which works spectacularly well for wood-firing pizza)

    We are all over the place with our toppings. For heat I just love hot sauce on my pizza to compliment everything else. The snappiness of the vinegar and the mouth burn really compliment the toppings and red sauce. We’ll generally do a “theme” pizza – e.g. “the meat-a-tarian” or the “veggie delight” or the “whatever the hell we feel like” pizza.

    Staples are sun-dried tomatos, sauteed red onion/garlic, and roasted bell peppers. We also do fresh sausage, peperoni, shredded asiago or aged gouda, chopped up figs (this is a new favorite) and roasted garlic.

    I absolutely love pizza, but as I age I find the delivery or take-out places tend to be less, uh, digestible for me. I never have that issue with home-made pizzas though, so we’ll keep on keeping on with that for a while. I’ll have to send in some photos of our creations.


    1. We’re lucky to live right next to a pizza joint that sells 2 medium dough balls for $3. Three dollars! And it’s a really good crust.

      I’ve experimented with those dough balls many times. Most recently on the grill.

      And other than the items listed in this post, we are all over the map too with toppings. My all time fav is still a hot sauce. Always.

      Maybe next time we’ll try LDHS on pizza. Oops! Already did! Thanks Scott!

  2. My favorite condiment is Punk’s Gourmet Pepper Sauce, go figure. But bacon runs a close second!

  3. I agree with the hot sauce on pizza, I guess you know which is my favorite. Gotta have the pepperoni and Italian sausage.

  4. I don’t do a lot of toppings. I’ll do the hot sauce stuff and garlic butter. That topping you have looks chunky good.

    1. I only fool with garlic butter if I have one of those tubs of it from the delivery pizza joint.

      I really should make my own, as I do like it very much. 🙂

      Thanks for the inspiration, Chris.

  5. Gotta put Tom’s Roid-Rippin’ Hot Sauce’s Hot Cherry Pepper & Roasted Garlic on your pizza…it was made for pizza!!! My mouth is watering just thinking about it! Try it, you’ll like it!

  6. Wow! That’s all are really yummy selection. Punk’s Gourmet Pepper Sauce is my favorite condiment. What do you think about it?
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