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It’s All About Alternatives: Pizza

It’s all about alternatives: pizza

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We love our meat topped pizzas in Australia. And for some of us, the more exotic meats –kangaroo, crocodile and emu – the better. Kangaroo meat marinated in olive oil and black pepper, thinly sliced and served on a thin crust with three different cheeses makes the average pizza into an extraordinary pizza.

If you're searching for something even more exotic, have a look at the weird and wonderful toppings from around Australia to give you some pizza inspiration.

1. Something out of the ordinary

Melbourne's Henry & The Fox is just one of the pizza restaurants in Australia that put unusual twists on old favourites. Veggies can go for their pumpkin pizza, with salty goat's cheese nestled in with the sweet squash, toasted almonds and a rich tomato jam – a far cry from plain pizza. Meat lovers craving something other than pepperoni can dig into the slow roasted lamb pizza, covered in salsa verde, crumbly feta cheese, pine nuts and roasted onion.

Where: Henry & The Fox, Melbourne

2. For all you seafood lovers

The odd bit of tuna isn't so unusual on top of a pizza, but if you're in the market for an entire ocean of fishy treats order Pizza Caper Hamilton's Seafood Barcelona pizza. Fresh and salty mussels, juicy scallops, tender prawns and chunks of delicate Asian seabass are covered in lemon pepper and Cajun spice for a bit of heat. With plump, sweet cherry tomatoes and rich mozzarella, it's a fish feast for seafood lovers. If that's not enough, it's garnished with a sweet and sticky balsamic glaze and garlicky aioli.

Where: Pizza Capers Hamilton, Brisbane

3. A bit of sweet and sour

We all know the old favourite, the Hawaiian pizza, with its mix of meat and fruit. But what about pizza topped with pomegranate sauce? Sounds strange, but it's a delicious way to get one of your five a day on a pizza. Bliss Pizzeria's Syriano pizza delivers this unusual topping, along with chunks of rib eye steak, fresh tomato, creamy mozzarella, crunchy pine nuts and the heat of cumin and chilli.

Where: Bliss Pizzeria, North Adelaide

4. Turning Japanese with an omelette pizza

OK, so it's not strictly speaking a pizza as we know it over here, but Okonomiyaki is an amazing Japanese alternative. It's basically a savoury pancake made from eggs, and you can get just about any kind of topping you want. The name comes from the Japanese word 'okonomi, which means 'what you like' and 'yaki', which means grill. Okonomi House's toppings range from diced pork to teriyaki chicken with a spicy sauce. We love their savoury pork belly and mozzarella cheese combination.

Where: Okonomi House, Brisbane

5. It's all white with Pizza Biancha

If you want a break from tomatoes, white pizza is for you. Covered in mozzarella, as opposed to the traditional tomato sauce, it comes with various toppings and is a unique twist on an old favourite. Try Pizzeria Violetta's Rustica to add carbs to your carbs – with slivers of baked potatoes, along with fennel-flecked sausage meat, fresh basil, cracked black pepper and the fruity tang of taleggio cheese.

Where: Pizzeria Violetta, Brisbane

6. Cut the dairy with a vegan feast

It's not always easy to find a good vegan pizza, as the traditional dish relies heavily on lots of cheese. But Brisbane folks can tuck into Fratelli Famous' Spicy Vegan Pizza with no problem at all. Fresh tomato sauce layered with generous slices of grilled eggplant, creamy vegan cheese and flavoured with capsicum, salty olives and hot chili peppers. Perfect.

Where: Fratelli Famous, Brisbane

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