Ever wondered what pizza toppings the people of Belfast go crazy for the most? And what toppings do people hate to see on their pizzas?
Irish pizza store chain Four Star Pizza trawled through more than 750,000 pizza orders from its 61 stores across Ireland (including 15 in Northern Ireland) to get the lowdown on what’s hot (and what’s not) in 2020 when it comes to the country’s favourite pizza toppings.
Unsurprisingly, pepperoni takes the crown as the most popular topping in EVERY store – featuring on more than a quarter (26.2%) of all ‘Create Your Own’ pizzas ordered in the last year.
Whilst the love for pepperoni is universal, with FSP using more than 60 MILLION pepperoni slices last year, there is a difference in opinion over the second most popular topping with Northern Ireland customers preferring chicken to ham, which is number two in both the Republic of Ireland and also the combined all-Ireland charts.
The pepperoni love was strongest in Belfast, where almost 28% of all pizzas had pepperoni on them.
Olives were clearly the most disliked pizza topping in Northern Ireland and across all the stores – with mushrooms the most popular veggie option in NI.
“Forget about the pineapple debate, we can reveal today that olives are the least favourite pizza topping in Ireland,” said FSP director Brian Clarke.
“Our figures show that, of all of ‘create your own’ pizzas sold on the island of Ireland, only one in every 60 contains olives, compared to approximately one in every 20 containing pineapple – which has been, somewhat unfairly according to our figures, the focus of huge debate for years.
“So I propose that we change the focus of the Great Pizza Debate and ask ourselves… do olives belong on a pizza!” he added.
Four Star Pizza is inviting the general public to participate in the ‘Olive on Pizza’ debate by simply casting their vote here , with a chance to win a year’s supply of free pizza… with no olives of course!