I'm an order taker. If someone asked me: "What inside this sandwich?" or "What's on this Pizza?"

Regardless, which one is a verb and which is a noun. Can I use these words to describe: (Components of - Contains - Consists of - Ingredients)?

Note: The sandwich is cooked and ready to eat. The don't ask about the pre-cooking ingredients like salt, flour, yeast ...etc.

Do you have any other words that you would like to suggest to add to my vocab?


I don't disagree with Michael's answer, but I think you could shorten it further & keep your wording consistent.

As said, a sandwich has a filling, a pizza has a topping [except calzone]

"What inside this sandwich?"

"The sandwich has bacon, lettuce and tomato."

"What's on this Pizza?"

"The pizza has cheese, pepperoni and mushrooms."

You wouldn't really need to specify in or on, topping or filling - the customer already knows where it will be, they just want to know what it will be.

You could abbreviate it even more if the customer was only asking one of the questions, not both...

"What's on this Pizza?"

"Cheese, pepperoni and mushrooms."

A native wouldn't waste energy by re-stating any of the question in the answer if it wasn't necessary. They would use context alone.


A sandwich has a filling. A pizza has a topping. This sandwich's filling is (or consists of -rather bookish) ham, cheese and onion. This pizza's topping is/consists of tomatoes, anchovies, mushrooms, and cheese. A sandwich or pizza order taker would usually say a filling or topping 'is' rather than 'consists of' (whatever). There is a type of folded pizza, called a calzone, and in this case the 'topping' on the baked sheet of dough could be called a filling. It's simpler in Italian, where the added ingredients are called condimenti for either type.

  • You can actually have a pizza with a filling: google.it/…:
    – user29952
    May 28 '18 at 20:52
  • You mean a calzone. Anglos think of pizzas as flat things. The OP described being asked "What's on this pizza?" May 28 '18 at 20:54
  • Yes, but the are variants, and calzone or rolls have fillings
    – user29952
    May 28 '18 at 20:55
  • I would go with is and forget consists.
    – Lambie
    May 28 '18 at 23:27

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