The Enigma of the Vegetarian Pizza in Germany & Denmark

Vegetarian. Vegetarish. Vegetar.

Vegetarian is Vegetarish in German and Vegetar in Danish. I used these words frequently on my Europe trip, along with actions saying ‘No Egg’ too. Because Vegetarish includes Egg, while we Indian vegetarians don’t have egg.

Some kindly soul suggestedΒ that it would be easy for me to get a vegetarian Pizza. & it is one of my favourite dishes. πŸ™‚

Sometimes I would pick a non-veg pizza and ask them not to put the non-veg toppings but usually even in the smallest towns they have a ‘Vegetar Pizza’ for us vegetarians. I found it simpler to order this rather than ask to change toppings because there is some language problem and I didn’t want them to be confused about what is supposed to go in the pie!

In Germany I first came across the idea of potato as a topping on the Pizza – the Germans not just love Potato but they consider it a main food item like rice or noodles.

So in a witch-themed cafe in a little German town, I had one of my first Vegetarish Pizza,

Carrots on Pizza along with a whole bunch of stuff - capsicum, onion & I believe some potato as well. So filling and crazy!
Carrots on Pizza along with a whole bunch of stuff – capsicum, onion & I believe some potato as well. So filling and crazy!

 

So if you thought that was as elaborate, it gets better, check this one out. It has over 6 ingredients including pineapple, mushrooms and artichokes. I would never have imagined such combos!

Pineapples, artichoke, olives, onion, mushrooms & maybe some more
Pineapples, artichoke, olives, onion, mushrooms & maybe some more

I usually had only one big meal a day, so such a filling pizza was worth it. Couple of pieces would generally be left over so I would pack it and have it as a second light meal later.

The one below was at a little town called Faux Ladlepads in Denmark. The Italian restaurant was run but a guy from Kurdistan. Usually when people mention a country I know something about it – but I knew nothing about Kurdistan except that the people there are called Kurds. ;D
He barely knew English, so I just pointed at Vegetar pizza & fries to place order. & like a typical vegetarian I confirmed with him few times “It is vegetar, yes? – no egg, no meat, no fish…”

Artichoke, Mushrooms, Campsicum & the whole drill ;)
Artichoke, Mushrooms, Capsicum & the whole drill πŸ˜‰

 

Once in a while, I did opt for simpler toppings – just to get a feel of normalcy. Like this one – I just asked them to remove the non-veg topping. So I just got some mushrooms on it.

Mushrooms - I missed some crazy toppings on this :)
Mushrooms – I missed the crazy toppings on this πŸ™‚

Thought I had seen every possible topping…. but no…

Some tea & Ricola Pizza....
Some tea & Ricola Pizza….

Oh Yea baby, we got some leaves…..

Is it a salad, is it a tree… no it is a Pizza! πŸ˜€

Weird Pizzas
Ricola Leaves, Tomato slices and few other toppings. Yea, Who’d have thought leaves on a Pizza! πŸ˜‰

I now miss being surprised with such eclectic pizza toppings.

I also gave it a serious thought – why are the toppings so bizzare?

Considering that ‘vegetarian’ is something new in this culture – I guess they still haven’t got the idea that being ‘vegetarian’ doesn’t mean we just eat a bunch of vegetables. Vegetarians can be picky about the vegetables they eat. This is how a chef at one of the pizza places described the vegetarian Pizza – “Oh you know, it has a whole bunch of vegetables on it like zucchini and eggplant.” Oh yea that is what I got…

Vegetarian Pizza in Europe
Truly, a whole bunch of vegetables on the pizza! πŸ™‚

 

Also, they are trying to make it as heavy and filling as possible. Because they may probably feel like “Oh no meat… what do these poor dears eat?? Let’s put some potatoes and artichoke and pineapples and mushrooms and …… ”

;D

What are the craziest foods you have eaten?