what would you do?

Take a look at that (sad, shabby iPhone) photo above. That, my friends, is a homemade sourdough spelt pizza crust, topped with garlic from our CSA, tomato sauce, goat cheese, heirloom tomatoes from the farmer’s market, and basil from our garden, all grilled last night at high temperature to crispy perfection.

But take a closer look at the (sad, shabby iPhone) photo above, specifically in the top right corner.

What’s that?

Let’s take a closer look.

THAT’S A WINGED CREATURE. That’s right. Somewhere in between taking this beautiful pie off the grill and putting it in my container for lunch the next day, a bug got on my pizza. And the sad thing is, he could have been alive up until the moment I microwaved this baby, a moment that took place about five minutes ago. So here’s my question: What would you do? Knowing that this pizza is unbelievably delicious, would you just give the bug a wide berth and eat the rest? Or would you assume he was alive and trampled his disgusting, festering, disease-carrying feet all over your amazing pizza prior to being nuked and therefore toss the whole thing?

Let me know your thoughts. I’ll just be over here eating the salad I also thankfully brought.




  1. Greg Smith

    I would eat the pizza. The whole pizza. Whether or not I remove the bug would depend on how hungry I was at the time.

  2. Lan

    i’d still eat it. cut off the section where the bug was at and chuck it. keep in mind, you did nuke it and the heat killed whatever bad stuff was left on the pizza, if there was any bad stuff.

    honestly, we inhale such impurities already, bugs provide protein etc. (that’s what i would tell myself). enjoy your pizza.

  3. Laura

    Ok well the Brave Laura who was not at the lunch table would say, “Go ahead and eat it”. Real Laura might have a different response.

  4. Alison

    I hope you ate it — it looks too good to go to waste, and a bug won’t kill you :)

  5. joannalinberg

    Thanks for commenting, Allison! I did eat it, but only about 3/4 of it, and I had to distract myself to keep from gagging. But it was still good pizza.

  6. andrea devon

    oh I would totally eat it all!! Those types of bugs are not like poopy flies or cockroaches. They just fly around, landing on trees and flowers and accidentally get caught in delicious-looking saucy pizza! Totally clean. Just pick him/her out of the sauce and add to the compost pile! Even as a righteous vegetarian, I know that bugs end up in our food more often than we might like, especially here in Hawaii where there is not winter to kill off any buggers. We get plenty bugs on our foods!!! aloha, andrea


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