is a spicy Italian-American variety of dry salami usually made
of pork and beef. Pepperoni is a descendant of the spicy salamis
of Southern Italy, such as salsiccia Napoletana piccante,
a spicy dry sausage from Naples. Pepperoni is frequently used as
a pizza topping in American-style pizzerias. It is the most
popular pizza topping in North America.
is a corruption of peperoni, the Italian plural of peperone,
referring to the bell pepper, so that ordering �peperoni�
pizza in Italy is often an unwelcome surprise for North American
tourists, not to mention the surprise of Italian tourists in
English-speaking parts of the world who would be expecting bell
To order the American version
of pepperoni in Italy, someone would request salame piccante
or salamino piccante (spicy salami, generally typical of
Calabria). Throughout continental Europe, peperone is a
common word for various types of capsicum including bell peppers
and a small, spicy and often pickled pepper known as peperoncino
or peperone piccante in Italy and pepperoncini or banana
peppers in the US.
Unlike in Europe, the English
word, pepperoni, is used as a singular uncountable noun.
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