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Goetta — Cincinnati's Secret Pizza Topping November 9, 2018

Covington Central Business District, Covington
Goetta — Cincinnati's Secret Pizza Topping, Covington, Kentucky

Pepperoni, mushrooms, and even pineapple are common pizza toppings, but have you ever heard of goetta? It's a long-time Cincinnati staple and comfort food you can now order atop your pizza pie. If goetta (which rhymes with "feta") is unfamiliar to you, read on to learn more about this tasty, working-class dish.

A Brief Introduction to Goetta

What Is It?

Goetta is a sausage comprised of meats and grains, often formed into a patty and pan fried. It contains ground pork and beef along with pin-head oats and spices, including rosemary, thyme, salt, pepper, and bay leaf. It is a flavorful, inexpensive dish popular in the Cincinnati, OH, area but is virtually unknown outside the region. It is similar to scrapple and livermush, both of which are popular in the Southern United States. It’s normally served for breakfast alongside eggs and toast, but it can also be served in a sandwich or sprinkled on pizza.

Where Did Goetta Originate?

Pizza in Cincinnati, OHGoetta is a peasant food that rose from the German immigrant communities who settled in and around Cincinnati during the 19th century. It was a way for working-class families to transform inexpensive meat and meat byproducts into a filling dish. Now a beloved regional staple, there’s even an annual Goettafest that celebrates all things goetta.

To be a true Cincinnatian, you’ve got to give goetta a try, whether for breakfast or as a pizza topping. It's sure to delight your taste buds, and it is always satisfyingly filling.


To try goetta on your pizza, contact Riverfront Pizza & Sports Bar in Covington, KY. They've been serving Greater Cincinnati since 1981. In addition to gourmet pizza, they also offer hoagies, burgers, wings, and unbeatable Italian cuisine. Save 10% off your first order when you order online, or call (859) 261-4800 for fast, hot pizza delivery.

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