#434 Pizza soulmates

Toppings are tough.

The other day I was watching movies with my friend Shiv when our stomachs started rumbling and we decided to dial for dinner. I got up and grabbed a stack of crinkly takeout menus from the junk drawer and we flipped through all the fancy ones before settling on pizza.

Of course, before I picked up the phone we entered into one of those classic Pre-Order Topping Chats.

Most of us know from experience that those chats don’t always end well. Brother, it can get heated with the double cheese debates and stormy arguments over pineapple juice runoff. I’ve seen movie nights get divided and end with tears, broken hearts, and slamming bathroom doors. Shiv and I had both been hurt before so we entered into our chat slowly:

“So… uh, what do you like on your pizza?”

“Oh, you know, I’m pretty easy. Do you like … meat?”

“Yeah, of course. Pepperoni then? What about mushrooms?”

“I love mushrooms! Okay… pepperoni, mushrooms. Want to get one more? Um, how do you feel about pineapple?” (giant nervous smile with raised eyebrows)

“No way, you like pineapple? That’s my favorite! This is perfect, I always get pepperoni, mushrooms, and pineapple. And thin crust.”

“I love thin crust! We’re Pizza Soulmates!”

An hour later we were still wearing clown-faced grins when we popped open a steaming box of crispy-corner pepperoni, paper thin mushrooms, and juicy pineapple chunks staring back at us. We sat back and scarfed back a lot of hot slices of perfect pizza that night. And it was beautiful.

Life will twist and turn us in all directions, but let’s remember that we all deserve to be happy. Yeah, I say forget half-toppings, forget counting slices, and forget making sacrifices. If you like green olives, hot peppers, or spicy sausage, don’t leave it off.

Just keep looking for your Pizza Soulmate.

Maybe they’re out there right now looking for you.


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97 thoughts on “#434 Pizza soulmates

  1. They are! They are out there. It may take some time, but never lose hope of finding your pizza soulmate.

    Most my friends are very picky about their pizzas; my pizza soulmate is a little girl I used to babysit! She and I are completely un-picky but ended up choosing the same toppings as each other every time we ordered pizza.

    Unrelated, I like the new header image :D

    1. I thought exactly the same thing, as soon as I read the title.. I love it when loyal readers make the same connections I do.. :)

      1. Can you imagine the epic proportion of your soulmate-ness if you were to find your pizza soulmate AND chicken wing partner in the same person?!


    1. I agree — when I was little, I don’t really remember pineapple even being an option at most places; now it’s the norm. Awesome!

        1. I’m glad I’m not the only one..

          I hadn’t read that article in a few years, but immediately thought back to it as it was the hardest I’d ever LOL’ed to something on the internets before.

  2. One day, I am going to find my pizza soulmate. Then I will have pizza! Seriously, I can only eat like three slices, so it’s not worth getting one for myself.

    1. The solution to your problems: Crooked Crust Pizza! You can order a quarter of a pizza for $5.00 and it comes with a drink–fantastic. You can also order half a pizza for $9.00 and it comes with two drinks! Check it out : )

  3. A bittersweet thing (with this and the wings partner too) is that I’m like the complete opposite of a picky eater so I can have multiple pizza soulmates. Wow I’m such a pizza slut. :(

    1. HAHA! This made me laugh! I’m not very picky, either. I have my VERY favorite, of course, but for the most part I can be pizza-compatible with almost anyone. Except an anchovy-lover … y’all are on your own.

      1. I tried to introduce the wife to the pleasures of anchovies on a pizza early in our relationship, and she wasn’t buying.

        Finally got her to give it a go just last year.

        Let’s just say, it didn’t go very well.

        I guess we’ll just have to be soulmates in other “non-pizza” areas.

            1. Good ideas all around – I’ll have to let them know..

              I think they’ve definitely had their share of dessert pizzas with Nutella.. I’m just not sure if they’ve gone all the way and smothered Nutella on a regular pizza..

              Somehow I feel like this is going to end badly.

    1. So do I! So, you’re my pizza soulmate. Next time I have a slice I’ll toast our purist pizza adoration with a big cheesy bite!

  4. My twin brother and I used to be pizza soulmates. Then he got even pickier and I got more open to more toppings so we’re no longer compatible. Instead, my friends replaced him. Non-picky eaters = yay :)

  5. I’m probably pizza soulmate for like a zillion people.

    “What d’you like on pizza?”
    “Er. Anything*?”

    * Within reason, obviously. If somebody wants me to share their pigs-trotter and tripe pizza they can get the hell out.

  6. I like all kinds of things on my pizza and I like to switch it up sometimes so its hard for me to find my pizza soulmate. I usually settle and get an all meat pizza cuz that’s what hubby likes, but I don’t. The only meat I really like is the pepperoni. Peppers, mushrooms, fruit, even spinach are just some of my favorite things.

  7. My best friend is more than my Pizza Soulmate -she’s my Food Soulmate! We love the same foods, which makes it easier to share.

  8. I learned to make my own pizza, when we moved to a rural setting ( no delivery)…now each family member gets their own personal pizza…everyone is happy and half the cost :) …but i have to admit…a pizza soulmate would be nice.

  9. Somehow I have been able to share most pizza toppings with my Hubby. The only difference is the mushrooms and I don’t mind picking them off. The real crazy thing is when we went to a pizzeria a couple years ago. We decided to try anchovies. We were both weary and put them on an extra pizza, one that would be nice to have, but not necessary to feed the family. My husband picked up the first slice and took a bite, he was in heaven. He was also terrified that I would hate it and he would never enjoy anchovies again…. I took my first bite, and yes, we are still soul mates, even with pizza.

  10. “An hour later we were still wearing clown-faced grins when we popped open…”

    If it takes you an HOUR to get your pizza, you’re doing it wrong…

    1. The wonderful sound of the pizza man ringing your doorbell: AWESOME!
      So you’ve ordered the pizza, and your mouth is already watering. You start to drool as you dream about the spicy pepperoni and greasy mozzerella. All you can think about is the best food in the world: Pizza.
      But, wait! There’s a twist: Unlike fast food, your pizza dream doesn’t come true immediately. You gotta wait for what seems like forever to open that hot box of pizza and dive into a world of delicousness.
      So you sit there, flipping through magazines and TV channels. But you can’t focus on American Idol. No, you can’t hear the screeching wails of whatever contestant is trying to….er, sing.
      All you hear is that doorbell ringing, signaling dinner time.

  11. I, too, have yet to find my Pizza Soulmate. Every open pizza debate ends with me hanging my head in shame/sadness because once I tell people I’d be fine eating a plain cheese, I get accused of being a toddler.

    Then once the pizza comes I slink back into a corner and nibble on my crusts. Ah me, what’s a girl to do?

  12. I have yet to find a pizza soul mate, as well. I have two favorites that I choose from, depending on whether I want something sweet/fruity or not.
    1. Cheese, pineapple, and sausage
    2. Extra cheese, pepperoni, spinach and broccoli (if it’s available).


    1. !!!!!!
      I’d take #1 if it the sausage was replaced with ham
      But #2 is awesome! I can never find someone else that like those veggies on their pizza.

      1. Broccoli on pizza is Ah-mazing!! I’m usually willing to compromise and put ham or canadian bacon instead of sausage, since people usually like that more.

        From an earlier post, it looks like we both like dipping pizza in ranch, too. It looks like we’re virtual pizza soul-mates! =)

  13. Not that long ago, I had a small party with 5 friends. The good thing about having more people over is that you have to order more pizza ^^ So those who didn’t like chicken or pineapple could get some of the other, more basic pizza.

  14. Deep dish with pepperoni and mushrooms. Yeah, it’s kinda simple, but I was still overjoyed when my wife and I were first dating to learn that it was her favorite too.

    But it gets better – I love making them at home and so does she. Then to top it all off, her mom even had an AWESOME crust recipe that was better than mine and which she bequeathed to me, not knowing she would unexpectedly pass away soon after.

    Talk about destiny!

  15. There’s a restaurant here called East Side Mario’s, and they will make a compromising pizza… save passion…”Budda-boom, budda-bing, budda-boom, budda-ching,” that’s amoure!

  16. דיאטה טובה היא לא דיאטת כסאח. תזונה מאוזנת הכרחית עבור שמירה על משקל גוף אידאלי. חשוב להיוועץ בדיאטנית מומחית ובעלת ניסיון. אחרי הכול, לכל אחד גוף שונה ובריאות שונה, ולשם כך יש להתאים לו דיאטה מיוחדת.

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