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Iranian pizza (Persian: پیتزای ایرانی) also known as Persian pizza (پیتزای پارسی)[1][2] refers to the various styles of pizza and its preparation rather than its toppings. Iranian pizza is served in Iran or in the Iranian diaspora. It is usually made with minced meat, beef sausage, bell pepper, mushroom, mozzarella cheese, and Persian spices.

Iranian pizza
Alternative namesPersian pizza
Place of originIran, Iranian diaspora
Main ingredientsPizza dough, cheese, tomato sauce , Persian Spices
VariationsIranian-style toppings
Persian Style Special Pizza (Makhsoos)
Persian Style Mixed Pizza (Makhloot)


Persian pizza has a unique taste because of the variety of the ingredients used in it. Iranian/Persian pizza can have a base that is thick or thin. Thin versions are imitations of Roman pizza with less toppings. However, the major characteristic of traditional Persian Pizza is the abundance of the toppings which usually include a mixture of different type of meats, sausages, cold cuts, vegetables (specially bell pepper, mushroom and white onion) covered with thick layer of Panir-e-pizza (Pizza Cheese) which is usually spread over a hand made dough with a medium thickness.

Almost every Persian pizzeria offers major Persian Pizza varieties: Makhloot (Mixed: Ground beef, different types of sausage, mushroom, bell pepper and onion) and Makhsoos (Special: same ingredients as Makhloot without the ground beef) pizzas. Recently Chicken Pizza varieties (e.g. Chicken Pesto, BBQ Chicken) and Vegetable Pizza (Bell Pepper, Mushroom, Corn, Tomato, etc) have become popular. Major spices that are used in Persian Style pizza are Avishan (Thyme), Red Pepper Powder, Black Pepper, and Dried Garlic Powder.

Some pizzerias in Tehran serve Iranian pizza without tomato-based sauce. In that case, unlike Italian Pizzerias, Ketchup is widely used as a must have condiment.

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  1. ^ "USPTO IssuesTrademark: Persian Pizza." US Fed News Service, Including US State News. 2012. HighBeam Research. August 15, 2016.
  2. ^ The Find: Café Glacé's Persian Pizza is a Cheesy Delight at Los Angeles Times. Retrieved August 16, 2016.