Ah, pepperoni. Where would we be without you? The piquant taste, the melt-in-your-mouth texture -- and, in the case of natural-casing pepperoni, the meaty, charred bite of the curled-up edges. Our pizza experts were in absolute agreement that pepperoni is the perfect pizza topping, so there can be no further debate. All the other ones are just imitating.
Obviously there's a reason pepperoni was the favorite of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, although we don't advise pairing it with marshmallow. Maybe ice cream, though.
Adam Lapetina is a food/drink staff writer at Thrillist, and was totally the person who introduced Pizza to Bagels back in the day. Read his musings on Twitter at @adamlapetina.