Editor's note: The following information is part of a countdown recap from the inaugural Top 100 Movers and Shakers publication. It was published in the spring of 2012. Some of the information may now be different.
Upscale pizzerias have long offered unusual pizza toppings, but lately larger players are getting into the act. Although cheese and pepperoni still rule as the most popular pizza toppings, according to Technomic, companies are adding non-traditional ingredients to their offerings in an effort to boost sales.
New Orleans-based Reginelli's offers a pizza topped with shrimp and pesto sauce, and Garlic Jim's offers pizza topped with roasted garlic, black beans or almond slivers. Even Domino's has added a range of non-traditional toppings, including spinach, feta cheese, bacon carbonara and a mixture of Alfredo and marinara sauce.
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