2014: The Year of the Anchovy?

Anchovy Dip

Anchovy Dip

In 2013, we correctly prognosticated that quail eggs, pumpkin and sweet piquanté peppers would be at the forefront of the artisan pizza movement. Not long after, progressive pizza makers across the country were experimenting with the toppings.

What ingredients will those who push the envelope place in their arsenal for 2014? At least one source thinks anchovies are primed to make a comeback. According to this trend forecast from restaurant consultants Baum + Whiteman, so-called “fishy fish” will experience a resurgence as cooks and customers alike turn their attention to oily, salty items like anchovies, mackerel and sardines.

The report claims customers are starting to look for anchovies in Nicoise salad, with fresh mozzarella and in pasta dishes. (If you like the look of the Anchovy Dip, see the recipe here.)

Have you seen any evidence of this in your pizzeria? Here at Pizza Today we remain skeptical — anchovies top the list every single time we ask operators about their least-ordered toppings. We just don’t see it. But we were wrong once before (we think it was in 1986). So perhaps we’re wrong again. We’ll wait and see whether there’s something to this fishy business before we cancel the Craft Beer Pavilion at International Pizza Expo and replace it with the Anchovy Pavilion.