3 pizza flavors about to pop

Lizzy Freier, Managing editor

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Operators are topping pies with common ingredients from other mealparts, piquing guests’ interest with familiar flavors used in surprising combinations. See how three flavors are gaining steam on menus, with growth data from Technomic's MenuMonitor.

1. Creme fraiche

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Growth: 50%

Skirting the usual red sauce, creme fraiche is finding its way onto pizza as a sauce or drizzle, as well as a tangy alternative to cheese. Its premium appeal also comes with a premium price point—higher than sour cream. But its higher fat content keeps it from curdling at high heat, making it a better option for a sauce base. Pizzas featuring creme fraiche often are promoted as upscale and sell at higher price points: $23.19 on average compared to sour cream’s $8.94, per MenuMonitor.

Where it’s trending:

  • Modern Market—Bacon-corn brick oven pizza with roasted garlic creme fraiche, fire-roasted corn, three-cheese blend and basil
  • Dimo’s Pizza (Chicago locations)—Mac and cheese pizza on a creme fraiche base

2. Thai peanut sauce

peanut sauce

Growth: 50%

A longtime menu favorite meets a new global up-and-comer. Thai flavors—seeing increased consumer interest over the past two years—are permeating pizzas by way of peanut sauce, often paired with chicken or shrimp and other Thai ingredients.

Where it’s trending:

  • Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza & Grill—Thai shrimp pizza with veggies, cilantro, scallions, peanuts, lime, mint and spicy Thai peanut sauce
  • Uncle Maddio’s Pizza—Thai pizza with Thai peanut dressing, chicken, red pepper, carrots, onion, cabbage, peanuts and Sriracha

3. Apple slices

apple slices

Growth: 200%

Apples provide a health halo to what is perceived as an indulgent food, while also contributing a tart, crisp balance to heavier pizza toppings.

Where it’s trending:

  • Amante Gourmet Pizza (North Carolina locations)—Fig and prosciutto pizza with fig jam, apples, prosciutto, sauteed red onions, mozzarella and Gouda
  • Spin Neapolitan Pizza—Sausage and apple pizza
  • Emeril’s Orlando—Duck wood-oven pizza with Brie, arugula and apples

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