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So About White Pizza ... Is It Ever Okay?

We're looking at the good, the bad and the ugly.

Some things are hard to do well. White pizza is one of them. Tomato sauce-less pizza can be delicious, but it is really difficult to pull off. For the uninitiated, white pizza is typically covered in ricotta and mozzarella instead of tomato sauce, and it might also be topped with garlic, vegetables, clams, or Alfredo sauce. Needless to say, it's heavy, and unfortunately it's not always good.

We're sorry, white pizza, but you just don't cut it sometimes.

First, white pizza will always be compared to red pizza, which is basically a perfect food. So white pizza has the uphill battle of competing with a pretty much untouchable entity. Would you rather eat the pizza on the left or the pizza on the right? The white one doesn't look so bad, but is there really any competition? There shouldn't be.

white vs red pizza

Second, white pizza has a tendency to become gummy and gooey -- a fate few regular pizzas will ever see. This problem occurs not in the nice, stand-alone pizzerias, but in the Sbarros and Domino's of the world. Put simply, "gloppy" should never be used to describe pizza.

white pizza

Third, white pizza can be offensively boring. Stripped down it its most basic elements, with no extras, white pizza can be real dull. It's one of those foods that 10-year-olds who only eat "white things" eat. Red pizza, on the other hand, will never run that risk. The most basic red sauce pie, the classic Margherita, is always the best, no matter where you are.

marg pizza

Finally, white pizza unfortunately attracts toppings that should never go on pizza -- namely, chicken. Chicken on pizza is a whole different conversation, but suffice it to say that chicken never belongs on pizza, and any white pizza that features it automatically fails at life.

chicken pizza

All this isn't to say that white pizza's case is hopeless. We've seen some good white pies in our time, and those ones definitely deserve our attention. They've surpassed the almost insurmountable challenge of the red pie, and they've overcome all the terrible tendencies of the sauceless pizza.

Here are 13 times white pizza passed the test. How do you feel about white pizza?

1
Broccoli Rabe, Potato and Rosemary Pizza
Food52
Get the Broccoli Rabe, Potato and Rosemary Pizza recipe by TasteFood from Food52
2
Spinach And Ricotta Pizza
bell'allimento
Get the http://www.bellalimento.com/2013/02/10/spinach-and-ricotta-pizza/ from bell'allimento
3
Ultra-Thin-Crust Pizza with Onions, Mushrooms, and Ricotta
Simply Recipes
4
Burrata Caramelized Onion and Prosciutto Pizza
bell'allimento
Get the Burrata Caramelized Onion and Prosciutto Pizza recipe from bell'allimento
5
Glazed Shallot, Walnut, Sage, and Goat Cheese Pizza
creamtea from Food52
Get the Glazed Shallot, Walnut, Sage, and Goat Cheese Pizza recipe by creamtea from Food52
6
Quattro Formaggi Flatbread
How Sweet It Is
Get the Quattro Formaggi Flatbread recipe from How Sweet It Is
7
Cacio e Pepe Pizza with Roasted Radishes
Food52
Get the Cacio e Pepe Pizza with Roasted Radishes recipe by fiveandspice from Food52
8
Shaved Asparagus and Whipped Ricotta Pizza
How Sweet It Is
Get the Shaved Asparagus and Whipped Ricotta Pizza recipe from How Sweet It Is
9
Pimento Cheese And Bacon Pizza
Buns in My Oven
Get the Pimento Cheese And Bacon Pizza recipe from Buns in My Oven
10
Spinach Artichoke White Cheese Pizza
Sally's Baking Addiction
Get the Spinach Artichoke White Cheese Pizza recipe from Sally's Baking Addiction
11
White Clam Pizza
Food52
Get the White Clam Pizza recipe by Mrslarkin from Food52
12
White Pizza With Tomatoes and Basil
Macheesmo
Get the White Pizza recipe from Macheesmo
13
Grape Pizza with Gruyere, Bacon, and Shallots
Dinner Was Delicious
Get the Grape Pizza with Gruyere, Bacon, and Shallots recipe from Dinner Was Delicious

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