In Turkey, their version of pizza is called pide (pronounced “pea-day.”) The Telegraph has a great article on the true Turkish version of pide, where they delve into the origins of pide: “Some say that the Ottomans ate a pide-like bread called tokalak, while others claim that the dish was invented in the Twenties as a way of eking out ingredients in war-torn Turkey. Most agree that pide originated in the Samsun area, possibly in the town of Bafra, and that it can be as simple as a sesame seed-sprinkled flat bread.”
Pide is a cheap comfort food that is baked in a stone or brick oven and served sliced. The toppings that you’ll find on pide vary by region, with popular toppings including spicy beef, lamb, feta, olives, and spinach. As seen above, some people also use spicy salami for a pide that’s closer to what most people consider a traditional pepperoni pizza. Because it’s so budget friendly and filling, pide is popular with both locals and tourists. Thanks to this recipe from The Little Ferraro Kitchen, I think I’ll have to try and bake some at home!