Pizza is one of the world’s most loved fast foods. The modern pizza originated in Napoli, Italy. It has become a household name in Europe, America, and Asia, with many pizzerias to choose from. In 2017, it was also included in UNESCO’s list of intangible cultural heritage.
Did you know that the first record of pizza’s existence is dated 996 AD?
That’s right, pizza has been around for centuries.
This pizza fact will make your tummy growl as you imagine all the delicious possibilities of your favorite pizza toppings.
So what are you waiting for? Learn even more about these interesting facts about Pizza!
Here are 20 Interesting Facts About Pizza:
1. The word ‘pizza’ first appeared in a Latin text
The word ‘pizza’ first appeared in a Latin text from the Italian town of Gaeta, in 997 AD. It was then a part of the Byzantine empire.
The word Picea referred to the bread baked in flat ovens. This type of bread, which today we call pizza, was already famous in Rome and Naples as early as 7 BC and had been brought to Gaeta by the Greek colonists.
2. National Pizza month
In October, the US celebrates the month of October as the ‘National Pizza Month’ thanks to the dedication of America’s Pizza Council.
It all began in 1977 when Peter Lenzi, an enterprising pizzeria owner from New York City and founder of National Pizza Month visited President Jimmy Carter who was then living in Plains, Georgia.
3. Pizza Expo
If there’s one thing that people crave, it’s pizza. This edible gift to the world is so popular in the US that Las Vegas, Nevada holds an annual Pizza Expo for its thousands of invitees.
Visitors can attend seminars on everything from making pizza dough to dressing up your pie. There are also competitions for the best-tasting creations such as “Best Cheese” and “Best Non-Pepperoni.”
4. Pizza theorem
There is actually a mathematical theorem named after pizza, called the ‘Pizza theorem’.
The pizza theorem, first proposed in 1797 by Antoine-Augustin Cournot (1777–1832), states that if a circular pizza is divided into 8, 12, 16, … slices by making cuts at equal angles from an arbitrary point, then the sums of the areas of alternate slices are equal.
There’s also a second version – it says that the volume of a pizza of thickness a and radius z is pi zza.
5. Pizza brain
‘Pizza Brain’ is a pizza museum located in the heart of Philadelphia, USA. It’s stacked up with all things related to pizza, including Chef-made pizzas, the world’s largest collection of pizza memorabilia, and an array of pizza artworks that will blow your mind away!
6. Dipping sauce
Dipping sauce for pizza was invented in 1984, by Papa John’s in the US. After over two decades of very successful marketing campaigns and product alterations, it is now the most popular dipping sauce for pizza.
While the pizza chain, Papa John’s introduced it in 1984, there are a lot of people who claim that it was invented by them.
The reason for this argument is that the sauce has been introduced after the introduction of Hawaiian pizza which became one of the most popular types of pizza in the US immediately after its launch.
7. Pizza in space
A 6-inch pizza was delivered to the International Space Station (ISS) in 2001, to Russian astronaut Yuri Usachov.
Pizza Hut became the first restaurant chain to deliver pizza to space. The pizza was sent aboard a resupply rocket as part of a joint project by Russian company Kosmos and the U.S.-based Pizza Hut division.
8. National Pizza Day
The 9th of February has been recognized as National Pizza Day since 2009.
The date was chosen because it was the birthday of a beloved American icon, Thomas Jefferson. Accept no substitutes, you deserve only the best pizza.
Our Margherita pizza is a classic, carefully crafted with buffalo mozzarella and wood-fired tomato sauce on a thin crust.
The Margherita pizza was created in 1889 in response to demand from Queen Margherita, who was visiting Naples during an epidemic of cholera.
10. The Largest Pizza in the World
The largest pizza in the world was made in Rome in 2012 and had an area of 13580 square feet. It was named ‘Octavian Augustus’, after the Roman emperor.
The pizza was made by Dovilio Nardi, Andrea Mannocchi, Marco Nardi, Matteo Nardi, and Matteo Giannotte from NIPfood. It was named “Ottavia” after the Roman Emperor.
11. $130 billion
The pizza industry is worth around $150 billion USD globally, and it’s one of the most popular and fastest-growing foods in the world.
t is projected to exceed $233 billion in 2023 and $312.3 billion by 2025.
12. Pizza Everyday
If you are a pizza lover, you may be surprised to learn that 13% of the US population consumes pizza every day.
This is an average of 9 slices of pizza eaten per person in a single day, consuming a total of 5 billion pizzas a year.
13. Lombardi’s Since 1905
Lombardi’s Pizza was the first pizzeria in the United States. It opened in 1905 and is still owned by the same family. An Italian immigrant, Gennaro Lombardi, started selling pizza from a small coal-fired oven in his shop on Spring Street.
Despite a turbulent history and many ups and downs, the tradition of making New York pizzas hasn’t changed over the years.
14. US military and pizza
In 2017, the US military came up with a ready-to-eat pizza that can last up to three years. This pizza is known as “the never-ending pizza” and it’s made from a flour tortilla.
The main ingredient is a paste made of cheese, tomato sauce, and other dried ingredients.
After heating it on a special machine and cooling it down, you can eat the same pizza over and over again without having to use any additional ingredients or cooking it up in the microwave again.
15. Bill Murray and Jean-Claude Van Damme
Both Bill Murray and Jeane Claude Van Damme worked at pizza restaurants before they gained fame in Hollywood.
16. Hawaiian Pizza
The Hawaiian pizza is a fusion of different traditions: Canadian bacon and pineapple, Italian tomato sauce, and mozzarella cheese.
Although its name suggests otherwise, it was actually invented in Canada, with the addition of pineapples.
Perfectly sweet, savory, and filling, this tasty meal is only available at your favorite pizza parlor!
17. Pie or slice?
The United States’ first pizzeria, Lombardi’s, opened in 1905 and sold pizza by the piece. By the late 1930s, Patsy’s Pizzeria was selling pizza by the slice, which became very popular. In fact, New Yorkers are so used to their slices that most local pizzerias only sell them this way.
And if you get a chance to try the legendary slice from John’s of Bleecker Street – one of New York City’s best-known pizzerias – don’t pass it up!
Pizza-man is the world’s only pizza-themed superhero movie. Our hero, a mild-mannered contractor by day, is transformed at night into a larger-than-life superhero who fights crime while delivering piping hot pizzas on his custom-designed motorcycle.
Although Pizza-man’s enemies are fierce and mostly unknown to anyone outside of crime circles, he never backs down from a fight.
He enjoys sharing his deep knowledge of the history of pizza with anyone who will listen and has an active curiosity about all things related to pizza.
19. Pizza flavored beer
If the thought of a steak or burger on a cold day makes you feel sick, you might be one of the growing numbers of people who hate the taste of meat.
But if that’s not enough, now there are “pizza condoms” to give people more options in their sex lives. Pizza-flavored beer, pizza-flavored cigarettes, and even pizza-flavored potato chips have already hit American markets.
When talking about sexual health or food for that matter, Americans tend to be more open about it than people from other countries.
20. The Dough doctor
The Dough doctor is Tom Lehmann, a pizza expert, associated with the American Institute of Baking. He solves unique problems related to pizza-making and his clients include people from all over the globe.
Pizza is one of the most loved foods on the planet. With the ease of snacking and the irresistible taste that pizzas provide, it is no surprise that an average American eats around 6000 slices of pizza in his lifetime. Looks like pizza is here to stay!
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