Even though a real Italian would probably cry out in frustration by the mere sight of the Swedish “pizzas”, they’re still among favorite pizzas in the world. The menus at the Swedish pizzerias are usually very long, and you can get all sorts of toppings you could possibly imagine.
One of the classics, which is available at almost every pizza place, is the kebab pizza topped with lettuce, tomato, cucumber and crème fraiche dressing, but another exotic version I remember is the one with crayfish and banana. No matter what you order, you’ll have the chance of adding extra garlic, extra chili or béarnaise sauce.
Pizza salad is served as a side dish with your pizza for free. It’s shredded cabbage, oil, salt, pepper and vinegar, and the first time I tried it, I didn’t like it. Though after a while, I grew very fond of it, and since I moved from Sweden, I’ve been missing the pizza salad.
The pizza restaurants in Sweden are typically run by people from the Middle East, Northern Africa and Turkey, and the mashup of the different cuisines have given birth to the Swedish pizza phenomenon. Don’t expect anything just distantly similar to Italian pizza, but come with an open mind, and I’m sure the Swedish pizzas will blow you away.