Jon Eick over at the blog So Good has a great rant about pepperoni. Long story short, he don't like it. Here's why:
If pizza is high quality, a mere slice of cheese is delicious. If pizza is mediocre, I understand the need to add toppings. But I have news for you pepperoni: you ain't all that and a bag of chips. Pepperoni, while ok, is simply NOT good enough to have earned it's place as the default pizza order of choice on merit alone. Hell no. I believe it has earned that place through process of elimination, unadventurous American taste buds and dumb luck. It's cheap, it's meaty, it's salty, and it adds additional flavor to an otherwise bland pizza. But you know what? So does sausage. But sausage just doesn't look good in photos like pepperoni does, so pizza places don't advertise the shit out of it.
I generally agree with Jon on this one. Pepperoni is fairly unimaginative as a topping--but sometimes it just hits the spot. After the jump, an ode to pepperoni in haiku form. But first, I've gotta ask: What is the most unexpected but good topping combo you've ordered or placed on a pizza?
The Most Awesome 'Pie-ku' Ever
Edge curled from heat,
A chalice of sweet, hot oil.
--submitted by Mr. Sin in a June 2005 "pie-ku" contest we held