While mozzarella will always be pizza's main squeeze, one of the most appealing aspects of pizza is its versatility. A round of dough invites all kinds of unique flavor combos and topping experiments. Here are eight cheeses and topping suggestions that will make you rethink going straight for the mozz.
'Bar Toma' on Serious Eats
On a menu of stunners, what caught my eye at Tony Mantuano's Bar Toma was the Capriole Goat Cheese pizza—a combination of creamy Indiana-made goat cheese, toasted hazelnuts, melted leeks, fragrant thyme, jammy dates, and rich Acetaia San Giacomo balsamico.
With a location steps from the Magnificent Mile and across the street from Water Tower, Chef Tony Mantuano's Bar Toma would be doing extraordinarily well based on his star power and the location, even if the restaurant served frozen dinners. Fortunately, Mantuano did not rest on his laurels, delivering some seriously delicious pizzas that should have locals fighting tourists for tables.