Ideas on How to Spice Up Your Favorite Pizza: Hot Oil, Stingers, Cherry Peppers

Pizza is undoubtedly one of the most beloved and versatile foods around the world. With its endless combination of toppings and flavors, pizza can be customized to suit every individual's taste. While classics like pepperoni, mushrooms, and olives are always popular choices, sometimes we crave something with an extra kick. In this blog, we will explore three fantastic ways to spice up your favorite pizza in the Tampa Bay Area: hot oil, stingers, and cherry peppers. Feel the heat….

Hot Oil

For those seeking a flavorful pizza experience, hot oil is an excellent option. Hot oil, typically made by infusing olive oil with chili flakes or other spicy ingredients, adds a spicy kick and a unique aroma to your pizza. Drizzle the hot oil over your pizza before or after baking, depending on your preference.

The beauty of hot oil is its versatility. The oil's spiciness infuses the crust, cheese, and toppings, creating a consistent heat throughout every bite. You can also experiment at home with different types of chili flakes or even include other spices like garlic or dried herbs to add depth to the flavor profile.


Stingers, also known as Serrano peppers, are a delightful addition to any pizza. These small, spicy peppers pack a punch of heat and add a flavor that complements the richness of the cheese and sauce.

The combination of the peppers' spiciness and the pizza's savory elements creates a mouthwatering contrast. The heat of the stingers enhances the flavors of the other toppings, giving your taste buds a thrilling experience. If you prefer a milder heat, you can remove the seeds before adding them to your pizza. Experiment at home with different types of peppers, such as those infused with garlic or herbs, to add an extra layer of complexity.

Cherry Peppers

If you're looking to add a tangy and spicy kick to your pizza, cherry peppers are a fantastic choice. Colony’s vibrant pickled red and green peppers offer a medium level of heat and a distinctive vinegar taste. Sliced cherry peppers scattered across your pizza adds a burst of heat, tanginess, and a pleasant crunch.

Cherry peppers work exceptionally well with toppings like spicy sausage, onions, or even red bell peppers for a sweet and spicy twist. For an extra kick, some pizza restaurants roast the cherry peppers before adding them to your pizza, intensifying their flavor.

Colony Grill

At Colony Grill in Tampa Bay, we spice up your pizza for you. We're famous for what is now our only menu offering: a one-of-a-kind, thin-crust pizza that is best served with our signature "hot oil" topping. Other "hot" toppings include cherry peppers and stingers, which you can request on your salad pizza, breakfast pizza, or other personalized, thin-crust pizza. If you want even more heat, add other spicy ingredients like crushed red pepper flakes or hot sauce.

Elevating your pizza experience is as simple as adding some heat. By incorporating stingers, cherry peppers, or hot oil, Colony Grill transforms your favorite pizza into a spicy and unforgettable delight. Visit us today and indulge in a pizza that will ignite your taste buds.