Why Seafood Lovers Need To Try Mockba Pizza

When it comes to ordering a piping hot slice of pizza, there's no shortage of delicious toppings to choose from. Whether you're in the mood for some savory pepperoni, spicy sausage, or extra melty cheese, pizza shops all over the country have you covered. Of course, some toppings are more beloved than others. 

Pineapple may come to mind as the most controversial of all hated pizza toppings — but it's not the most hated. According to a poll done by YouGovAmerica in 2021, Americans' least favorite pizza topping is anchovies, with 61% of respondents saying those tiny, salty fish aren't welcome on their pies. These diners probably haven't tried anchovies in their full glory, however, as "the anchovies at pizza joints are usually the cheapest available," and the heat from the oven "concentrates their saltiness," reports NPR. While anchovies haven't yet swum their way into all Americans' hearts, the itty-bitty fish are a welcome sight on pizzas elsewhere in the world. In Russia, there's a type of pizza that reels in seafood lovers.

Russia's mockba pizza has four different fishes

Mockba is not only the Russian word for Russia's capital city of Moscow, but it's also the name of a type of fish-laden pizza made in the country, per The Daily Meal. The fishes you'll find on a mockba pizza include sardines, tuna, mackerel, and salmon, and sometimes the pie is made extra seafood-forward with a sprinkling of roe. Onions and herbs also add to the pizza's flavor. If all that wasn't enough to pique your curiosity, there's yet another element that makes mockba pizza stand out.

According to The Daily Meal, mockba pizza is served cold. A Reddit user who made the dish didn't know if the pizza was supposed to be chilled after baking or simply topped with cold fish, but based on photos, it would appear that the dish is consumed while the cheese is still melty. If you're interested in trying this seafood delight in its full authenticity, you'll likely have to take a trip to Russia. Once you're there, according to Taste Talks, "you won't have to go far to find it — in fact, you'll probably be able to smell it from miles away."