Celebrating Pizza – All the Pizza Holidays

Celebrating Pizza

Who doesn’t love pizza? No wonder there are so many days celebrating it!

History of Pizza

Pizza is a popular dish all over the world. The term pizza was actually first recorded in the 10th century in a Latin manuscript from the Southern Italian town of Gaeta in Lazio. Modern pizza as we know it today was created in Naples.

There are actually a lot of Pizza holidays to celebrate.

Pizza Holidays

  • Third Friday in May – National Pizza Party Day
  • September 5th – National Cheese Pizza Day
  • September 20th – National Pepperoni Pizza Day
  • October is National Pizza Month
  • October 9th – International Beer and Pizza Day
  • October 11th – National Sausage Pizza Day
  • October 25th – World Pizza Makers Day
  • November 12th – National Pizza with the Works Except Anchovies Day
  • February 9th – National Pizza Day

Some Pizza Facts

  • Biggest Pizza for Delivery: Big Mama’s and Papa’s Pizzeria in Los Angeles, California, serves the world’s largest deliverable pizza. It’s called the “Giant Sicilian,” and it’s 54 inches wide and 54 inches long. The pizza is cut into 200 square slices and can feed 50 to 70 people.
  • World’s Largest Pizza: The world’s largest pizza was prepared by Dovilio Nardi, Andrea Mannocchi, Marco Nardi, Matteo Nardi and Matteo Giannotte in Rome, Italy, on December 13, 2012. It had a total surface area of 13,580.28 ft². They are in the Guinness Book of World Records.
  • A slice of cheese pizza gives you 45.8% of the selenium, 39.8% of the riboflavin, 31.1% of the phosphorus, 29.2% of the thiamin, 24% of the folate, 23.8% of the vitamin B-12, 21.1% of the niacin, 14% of the calcium, 12.8% of the zinc, and 12.2% of iron recommended by the Institute of Medicine’s Food and Nutrition board.
  • An average slice of a medium-sized cheese pizza has up to 370 calories.
  • The average pizzeria gives out 55 pizza boxes a day.
  • 93% of Americans have eaten pizza in the last month.
  • 61% of Americans prefer thin crust.
  • An average American consumes 46 pizza slices in a single year .
  • Pizza Hut has over12,000 stores in over 90 countries.
  • National Pizza Month is in October and was created by the publisher of Pizza Today magazine, Gerry Durnell in October of 1984.
  • Most Expensive Pizza: The most expensive pizza in the world is The Louis XIII pizza and costs $12,000. It takes 72 hours to make, and is made at your home. It is topped with three types of caviar, organic buffalo mozzarella and 7 other cheese varieties, Australian pink salt from the Murray River, prawns from Cilento, mantis shrimp, and lobster. Remy Martin Cognac Louis XIII and a bottle of vintage 1995 Krug Clos du Mesnil champagne are served with it too.
  • Domino’s stores across the globe sell an average of 3 million pizzas a day.
  • Saturday is the most popular night for eating pizza.
  • Favorite Pizza Toppings in the US: America’s favorite pizza topping is pepperoni. (64%), sausage (56%), mushrooms (54%), extra cheese (52%), and onions (48%).
  • In India, the most preferred pizza topping is tofu.
  • Pizza in Space: 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 was the first person to receive a pizza delivery while in orbit.
  • Busiest Pizza Ordering Day: More people order pizza on Super Bowl Sunday then any other day of the year.
  • The technical name for crust is Cornicione.
  • Oldest Continuously Run Pizzeria: Papa’s Tomato Pies is America’s oldest continuously operating Pizzeria. It was founded by Giuseppe Papa in 1912 on South Clinton Avenue in Trenton, New Jersey, and has operated continuously since opening day and still remains operated by the Papa family.
  • First Pizza Shop in the US: Lombardi’s was the first pizza shop opened in the United States back in 1905.
  • The First Frozen Pizzas: Rose and Jim Totino began mass-producing frozen pizzas from a plant in St. Louis Park, Minnesota in 1962.
  • Pizza Museum: Pizza Brain, a pizza museum in Philadelphia, is home to the world’s largest collection of pizza memorabilia.
  • Who Invented Hawaiian Pizza? Hawaiian pizza was created In 1962 by Sam Panopoulos, a native of Greece who was running a pizzeria in Ontario Canada. He was bored with mushrooms, bacon, or pepperoni pizza so he took down a can of pineapples from the top shelf and decided to throw it on pizza. Thank you Sam!
  • Pepperoni with mushrooms and extra cheese pizza was one of the first recorded purchases made online around 1994.

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