Move over, pineapple pizza, there’s a new controversial pie in town dividing the internet!
As seen in a video shared by Food Insider on Tuesday, September 4, a pizzeria called Lions & Tigers & Squares in New York’s Chelsea neighborhood serves a Detroit-style pie that uses a generous helping of mustard in place of tomato sauce. The savory dish is also topped with corned beef and sauerkraut, and each pizza features nearly half a pound of brick cheese.
The brick cheese topping is a characteristic of Detroit-style pizza, as is the pie’s square shape and very thick crust. However, mustard pizza actually traces its roots back to Trenton, New Jersey. As Lions & Tigers & Squares partner Francis Garcia explains in the video, the unusual dish was born when a drunk man walked into Papa’s Tomato Pie and ordered a mushroom pizza, which the cook misheard as mustard pizza because the man was slurring.
Although the Detroit-style mustard pizza is unusual, Garcia says the pie actually works. “You would think that all that mustard is overpowering, but it’s really not. You have the mustard instead of the tomato sauce, so the mustard acts like an acid like the way pizza sauce would,” he explains. “Who doesn’t like a cheese sandwich with mustard on it?”
While some social media users were eager to give this unique pizza a try, others weren’t quite as generous. Take a look at some of the funniest Twitter reactions to mustard pizza below:
mustard pizza is trending it’s just a bad dream OH GOD NO IT’S REAL
— ♡ adri 🍝 (@adridoesthings) September 5, 2018
@gitrdone923 You’re no longer allowed to say pineapple is the worst thing on pizza…This gets a no from me and I don’t mind mustard. 😂😂😂 pic.twitter.com/LHnUzts02o
— Old Dominion Fans (@olddominionfan) September 5, 2018
Mix of some of my favorite things: pizza and mustard. Even though I like tomato sauce more than mustard I would definitely try this. Seems like it would be great.
— Perry (@verywindycity) September 5, 2018
Homa, absolutely No mustard whats ever on my pizza! Just 100% Good Ol’ Tomato sauce!🍅🍅🍅🍕🍕
— Brian Aschenbener (@brianasch40) September 5, 2018
I’d love to try it. I get barbecue instead of tomato on the base and dip the crust into honey mustard anyway so I give it a go
— Jalbeardzi, The Typo Pirate Yaarrrr (@Danzig303) September 4, 2018
No. I enjoy mustard on my sandwich, burger, or hot dog. But pizza?
Sweet baby Jesus, no.
— Stepmom Extraordinaire (@Deendalee) September 5, 2018
Ever had real Stromboli?
Same ingredients; literally a rolled up mustard pizza and it’s sooooo freaking good.
— Watches too much Netflix (@jphelps408) September 5, 2018
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