Pizza sauce

Types of Pizza Sauces

Millions of Americans eat pizza regularly. Pepperoni, sausage, and cheese pizzas continue to be family-friendly favorites. While many people prefer their favorite pizza toppings and crust, they forget about the choice of pizza sauce.

There are many delicious sauce possibilities for a pizza. Each different type of pizza sauce can provide unique flavors and is complemented by specific toppings. Pizza sauces can be traditional, spicy, sweet, and unique. 

The sauce on the pizza is an essential part of the overall flavor experience and should not be overlooked. The following explores the different pizza sauces and which toppings best complement each type.


Many people enjoy ranch as a dipping sauce for their pizza and numerous other foods. The ranch also makes a delicious base for a pizza with its tangy and creamy attributes. 

Ranch-topped pizzas are often complemented with toppings, including chicken, bacon, and onions.


Barbeque is a less traditional but still popular alternative to traditional pizza sauce. Barbeque lovers enjoy this sauce with chicken, onions, or mushrooms. Barbecue pizzas are great for gatherings and parties as it is a great way to bring both pizza lovers and barbeque lovers together. 


Alfredo sauce is traditionally used with pasta but is also a delicious option for pizza. Alfredo is a buttery and rich sauce created by combining heavy cream, garlic, and several kinds of cheese. Alfredo sauce pairs well with mushrooms, steak, peppers, chicken, and other bold flavors. 


Pesto is a delicious alternative to traditional pizza sauce that is loaded with the flavors of basil, garlic, parmesan, and olive oil. 

Pesto sauces pair well on thin crusts, cheese pizzas, or pizzas topped with veggies, including spinach and tomatoes.

Traditional pizzas can also be topped with pesto sauce for a delicious pizza experience. 

Hot Wing Sauce

Hot wing sauces, such as buffalo sauce, are a unique and tasty option to use on a pizza. These sauces are usually mild to moderately spicy and contain peppers and vinegar. Buffalo sauce is most notably topped with chicken. Some people enjoy ranch with this sauce as well. 

Tomato-Based Sauces

Tomato-based pizza sauces are the most traditional pizza sauce and are deliciously versatile. This fan-favorite is crafted with staples, including onion, garlic, basil, and other Italian seasonings. 

There are several types of pepper used to make traditional tomato-based pizza sauce, including:

  • Roasted Red Pepper
  • Cayenne Pepper
  • Black Pepper
  • Paprika

Sauce makers can create several varieties of this traditional favorite, including sweet and spicy versions, by adjusting the amounts of each type of pepper.

Tomato-based sauces are best complemented with cheese, meat, and savory vegetables. Traditionally, the most favored toppings include pepperoni, chicken, bacon, sausage, mushrooms, and peppers. 

Visit Rina’s Pizzeria Today

Our team at Rina’s is serving up the classics and specialty pizzas you need! These are only a few of the endless possibilities of sauces that can be used on a pizza. Visit the pizza experts at Rina’s Pizzeria in Boston’s North End today for more information about pizza sauces. Or, give us a call at (617) 456-5700! We look forward to serving you.

Why Visit Rina’s?

We are located in the heart of Boston’s North End – a unique neighborhood with strong Italian-American roots. Rich in both history and culture, there are many great eateries to be discovered throughout the North End, including restaurants, cafes, bars, and more. Situated right on bustling Hanover Street, arguably the neighborhood’s most iconic street, Rina’s couldn’t be located anywhere more that is more fitting for a pizzeria. Whether you’re in the area for a day trip, or perhaps a longer stay, drop by our restaurant for delicious Italian-inspired food. We look forward to your visit here at Rina’s Pizzeria & Cafe.

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