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36% Of Americans Believe Pizza Is A Breakfast Meal (Plus 44 More Facts)

Food lovers across the country enjoy National Sausage Pizza Day on October 11th each year. Whether served on a thin or thick crust, sausage pizza goes well with other toppings, too. Don’t hesitate to add mushrooms and a variety of cheeses. What’s even better about sausage pizza are the different kinds of sausage to choose from.
  • In ancient Greece, the Greeks covered their bread with oils, herbs, and cheese, which some attribute to the beginning of the pizza.
  • In Byzantine Greek, the word was spelled “πίτα,” pita, meaning pie.
  • The Romans developed a pastry with a sheet of dough topped with cheese and honey, then flavored with bay leaves.
  • The modern pizza had its beginning in Italy as the Neapolitan flatbread.
  • The original pizza used only mozzarella cheese, mainly the highest quality buffalo mozzarella variant. It was produced in the surroundings of Naples.
  • Roughly 1,000 years ago herb-and-spice-covered circles of baked dough grew exceptionally popular in Naples, Italy. Known as focaccia, these rounds were served as an appetizer or a snack.
  • An estimated 2 billion pounds of pizza cheese was produced in the United States in 1997.
  • The first United States pizza establishment opened in New York’s Little Italy in 1905.
  • About 93% of Americans eat at least one pizza every month.
  • About 350 slices of pizza are consumed every second in the United States.
  • The most pizzas are delivered (and eaten) on New Year’s Day, New Year’s Eve, Halloween, Thanksgiving Eve, and Super Bowl Sunday.
  • The three dots in the Domino’s Pizza logo represent the first three Domino’s Pizza stores.
  • Pepperoni is the most popular pizza topping in the United States.
  • In 1830 pizza truly began with the opening of the world’s first pizzeria. Named Port’Alba, the pizzas were cooked in an oven lined with lava from Mount Vesuvius, a volcano located on the Bay of Naples.
  • In the 1800s, most Italians thought of pizza as a peasant meal. That changed when a baker named Raffaele Esposito created a margarita pizza for visiting royalty. The king and queen were impressed by the colors of the Italian flag represented by the pizza’s white mozzarella cheese, red tomato sauce, and green basil. Pizza became fashionable overnight and was soon a staple in restaurants all across the country.
  • There are approximately 61,269 pizzerias in the United States.
  • In 1905, Gennaro Lombardi opened the first licensed American pizzeria, Lombardi’s Pizzeria Napoletana, at 53-1/2 Spring Street in New York City.
  • Each year, thousands of people involved in the pizza industry attend Pizza Expo, the world’s largest pizza-only trade show. Pizza Expo is held each year in Las Vegas, Nevada.
  • Regular thin pizza crust is still the most popular crust, preferred by 61 percent of the population. Thick crust and deep dish tied for second, at 14%. Only 11 percent of the population prefers extra thin.
  • 36% of Americans believe that pizza is a breakfast meal
  • In 2001, the Russian Space Agency was paid more than a million bucks to deliver a six-inch pizza to the International Space Station. Russian cosmonaut,Yuri Usachov had the honor of being the first person to receive a pizza delivery while in orbit.
  • The word “Pizza” was first documented around 997 AD in Gaeta, Italy. After that the name started to spread to different parts of central and southern Italy.
  • The word “pizza” was first recorded in a Latin text from the southern Italian town of Gaeta in 997 AD. It is believed to have derived from a Langobard word similar to the Old High German “bizzo” or “pizzo,” which is, in turn, related to English “bite” and “bit.”
  • The Outer Edge Is Called the Cornicione
  • Papa’s Tomato Pies is America’s Oldest Continuously Operating Pizzeria,
    founded by Giuseppe Papa in 1912 on South Clinton Avenue in Trenton, New Jersey,
  • There is a mathematical theorem named after pizza.  It’s called the Pizza theorem, it states the equality of two areas that arise when one partitions a disk in a certain way.
  • The first frozen pizza hit the market in 1962.  Tontino’s, which started as Totino’s Italian Kitchen is said to be the first company to offer frozen pizza in 1962.
  • Dough-spinning has its own professional-level sporting event.  At the World Pizza Championships you would be competing against the best in five competitive events Freestyle Acrobatic Dough Tossing, Fastest Dough, Largest Dough Stretch, Fastest Pizza Box Folding and the Pizza Triathlon. There’s also the masters division of Freestyle Acrobatic Dough Tossing.
  • There’s a pizza museum in Philadelphia.  Pizza Brain is home to the world’s largest collection of pizza memorabilia.
  • According to the leading publisher of market research Packaged Facts the average American will eat 46 slices of pizza a year, or about almost six full pizza’s.
  • One of the first documented Internet purchases was a pizza.  Pepperoni with mushrooms and extra cheese. This was one of the first recorded purchases made online around 1994.
  • There are 26,484 books on Amazon about pizza
  • Finland’s Pizza Berlusconi is topped with smoked reindeer.
  • In Brazil, pizza toppings include green peas, corn, and hearts of palm.
  • In Sweden, pizza is often topped with bananas and curry powder.
  • Popular Australian pizza toppings include kangaroo, emu, and crocodile meat.
  • In Scotland, favorite pizza toppings include sheep heart, liver, and lungs, which are minced with oatmeal, onion, suet, spices, and stock. It is known to have a rather nutty texture.
  • In Cambodia, some pizzerias offer “happy pizzas”—pizzas that are topped with high-quality marijuana
  • Hawaiian pizza was not invented in Hawaii. Rather, it was created in Ontario, Canada, in 1962.
  • Mayo Jinga is a Japanese pizza that features corn, potatoes, pancetta, and mayonnaise
  • In France, a fried egg is either baked directly on top of a pizza or baked in a separate pan and then placed on top
  • There are over 34 million ways to create a single Domino’s pizza
  • Since the early 1960s, the price of pizza has uncannily matched the price of a New York subway ride. Known as the “Pizza Principle” or the “Pizza-Subway Connection,” this “economic law” is generally accurate.
  • A restaurant in Alaska, Airport Pizza, delivers pizza by airplane
  • Thanksgiving is the day Americans eat the least amount of pizza.

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