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Pizza: The Friday Night Dinner Tradition

Updated on April 18, 2017

Try a Friday Night Pizza

this pizza had fresh garlic, green / red peppers
this pizza had fresh garlic, green / red peppers | Source
this pizza had fresh garlic, grilled chicken and roasted red peppers
this pizza had fresh garlic, grilled chicken and roasted red peppers | Source

Friday Night Beverage or Meal

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Pizza, Pizza

Every Friday night, for as long as I can remember, our dinner meal has included a pizza. Sometimes we go to our favorite local pizza restaurant (as the picture above shows), sometimes we order delivery and eat in the man cave and sometimes we order delivery and eat in the house. Whatever the crisis in the world, whatever the weather is like, whatever plans for the weekend, Friday night is our pizza night.

Friday night pizza has always been a little something to look forward to each week, is a perfect way to kick off the weekend, it gives us our own little celebratory event to enjoy every week and it gives us time for ourselves. I am not certain how this tradition began but I do know it started when we lived in New Jersey and it started a long time ago. Since moving to Pennsylvania in 2000 we kept the tradition alive and I do not see it ending anytime soon. When we lived in New Jersey our favorite pizza place was within a five minute drive from our home as it is now that we live in Pennsylvania. More importantly than the location is the concept of tradition that we hope is passed along to the children.

While our Friday night meal consists of pizza, as the primary dish, the toppings on the pie will be different each week. There are two consistent things about our weekly pizza - the pizza must have fresh garlic and it must come from our favorite local pizza place. Every once in a while we bend a bit to order Domino's, on Friday, because it is really cool to order from their website. Most of the time we all agree on the toppings for the pizza and we all season the food with individual spices. Sometimes, when we do not agree on the topping, we simply all order a personal pizza. My personal pizza will consist of three ingredients - cheese (feta or mozzarella), fresh garlic and jalapeno peppers. I will always add crushed red pepper flakes and hot sauce because I enjoy the spice and it ensures that no one will eat my left over pizza ;)

If you ever join us for a traditional Friday night pizza at the local pizzeria, feel free to order the type of pizza that you like, season it accordingly and bring your own beverage. The Friday night dinner pizza is also good as cold pizza on Saturday (any meal).

Cheers and OPA!

Try a Slice of Pizza with Jalapeno Peppers

mozzarella cheese, sliced jalapeno peppers - hot
mozzarella cheese, sliced jalapeno peppers - hot | Source
mozzarella cheese, sliced jalapeno peppers, crushed red pepper - hotter
mozzarella cheese, sliced jalapeno peppers, crushed red pepper - hotter
mozzarella cheese, sliced jalapeno peppers, crushed red pepper, Tabasco sauce - hottest
mozzarella cheese, sliced jalapeno peppers, crushed red pepper, Tabasco sauce - hottest

Try a Seafood Pizza

seafood pizza with white cheddar cheese, crab and shrimp
seafood pizza with white cheddar cheese, crab and shrimp | Source

Pizza and Toppings

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Each pizza, that we order, will come with fresh garlic and mozzarella (unless otherwise noted) while the toppings may be altered to your taste. Listed below are my thoughts on possible pizza combinations including the Philadelphia regional favorite - tomato pie.

  • Bagel pizza - bagel, tomato sauce, cheese, favorite toppings
  • Barbecue Chicken pizza - bbq sauce, grilled chicken, smoked Gouda cheese
  • Breakfast pizza - cheese, pork bacon, scrambled eggs
  • Buffalo Chicken pizza - tomato sauce, cheese, grilled chicken, buffalo sauce
  • Cheese pizza - regular crust, tomato sauce, cheese
  • Chicago pizza - deep dish, cheese, six types of meat
  • Christmas pizza - cheese, green peppers, red peppers
  • Cold pizza - any pizza left over from the night before (see Man Cave pizza)
  • English muffin pizza - English muffin, tomato sauce, cheese, favorite toppings
  • Greek pizza - feta cheese, Greek olives, grilled chicken, spinach
  • Italian pizza - cheese, green peppers, pork sausage
  • Jalapeno pizza - cheese, fresh garlic, sliced jalapenos (my favorite)
  • Jamaican pizza - tomato sauce, cheese, chicken, jerk seasoning
  • Hawaiian pizza - tomato sauce, cheese, ham, pineapple
  • Margarita pizza - tomatoes, cheese, basil, olive oil
  • Man Cave pizza - any cold pizza (see Cold pizza)
  • Marinara pizza - tomato sauce, cheese, garlic, olive oil, oregano,
  • Mexican pizza - tomatoes, cheese, picante sauce, beans, taco meat
  • Neapolitan pizza - cheese, tomatoes
  • New York pizza - tomato sauce, cheese, lots of grease
  • Pepperoni pizza - tomato sauce, cheese, sliced pepperoni
  • Pesto pizza - pesto sauce, basil, cheese, sun dried tomatoes
  • Philly pizza - beef, cheese, onions, peppers (aka cheese-steak)
  • Pita pizza - pita bread, tomato sauce, cheese, favorite toppings
  • Sausage pizza - tomato sauce, cheese, ground sausage
  • Seafood pizza - white and yellow cheddar cheese, crab, shrimp
  • Sicilian pizza - thick dough, tomato sauce, cheese
  • Stuffed crust pizza - pasta sauce, cheese, more cheese
  • Stuffed pita pizza - pita bread, pasta sauce, cheese, meat or veggies
  • Stuffed pizza - pasta sauce, cheese, meat or veggies
  • Thai pizza - oriental sauce, cheese, bean sprouts, onion, shrimp
  • Thin crust pizza - thin dough - tomato sauce, cheese
  • Tomato pie - thick dough, tomato sauce, grated romano cheese
  • Veggie pizza - cheese, black olives, broccoli, mushrooms, onions, peppers, spinach
  • White pizza - cheese, ricotta cheese, olive oil

Pita Pizza

To make the pita pizza all you need is pita bread, a jar of pasta sauce, crumbled or shredded cheese, your favorite topping and about a half hour of your time.

  • Take the pita bread out of the package
  • Place pita it on a baking tray (a cookie sheet will serve four to six pita pizzas)
  • Evenly spread the pasta sauce on the pita bread so the entire surface is covered
  • Add the cheese and your favorite meat or vegetable topping
  • Bake the pizza for about ten minutes
  • Add hot sauce, oregano, pepper, salt to taste

The best part of the pita pizza is that you do not need to slice it up with a pizza cutter when it is done. The bread is small enough to hold with one hand and strong enough to keep from folding regardless of the number of toppings. If you slice open the pita bread, before you cook, and place all ingredients inside the bread, you just made your own stuffed pizza ;)

Holiday or Week Day Traditional Meals

Day or Month
family gathering
Dinner / Snacks
Monday Night Football
Federal Legislation
Lunch or Dinner
Saturday Night Hockey or Hockey Night in Canada
Supper Club
Lunch or Dinner
Regional (Philly) foods

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      Beth100 5 years ago from Canada

      Hey!! Friday night is our pizza night too!!! Along with pizza is our homemade Caesar Salad (gotta have those greens!) and a fresh fruit smoothie or frosty (naturally, home made :) ). We look forward to Pizza Night too as we dine at the coffee table and watch a movie and then play board games after. It's a great family night. :)

      Some of your combos sound tasty! I will have to try some. I did have a seafood one a long time ago, and they put calamari, mussels, clams, olives and feta on it. It wasn't to my liking but the pizza disappeared quickly since everyone else like it. (Oh, don't forget the moosehead!!). :) xo

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      mts1098 5 years ago from InsideTheManCave

      Hey Beth...mmm the caesar salad sounds like a great addition to the pizza...Your Friday night sounds like ours and maybe that is why no one is on the internet then ;) Now we have the moosehead and pizza and all we need is the place :) cheers and enjoy the day

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      RC Cooper 5 years ago from Michigan

      I love this! So rarely will we actually take a crack at having a pizza homemade.

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      mts1098 5 years ago from InsideTheManCave

      Hey RC Cooper - thanks for taking time to read the is a great meal...any day...any time...cheers and thanks

    • Thelma Alberts profile image

      Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany

      I love pizza! I´ll try some of your suggested pizza toppings. Great yummy photos. Thumbs up.Thanks for sharing.

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      mts1098 4 years ago from InsideTheManCave

      Thanks Thelma...I bet pizza goes well with the spring rolls ) cheers and thanks

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