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October Is National Pizza Month!

Updated on September 5, 2019
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America's Favorite Food

We all agree us Americans have a love affair with pizza. There's nothing better

then having a warm slice or two of crusty, cheesy pizza after a long day of work.

Not to mention, different parts of the country have their own style of pizza

ranging of a wide variety of pizza crusts, and the sauce and toppings preferences.


Interesting Pizza Facts

  • There are approximately 62,000 pizzerias in the United States.
  • The highest Pizza Toss at 21 ft and 5 inches was earned in 2006 by Joe Carlucci at Mall of America, Minneapolis, Minnesota.
  • Pizza arrived in the United states in the year 1905 in New York City. Gennaro Lombardi opened the first licensed pizzeria, however, it closed in 1984.
  • On an average Americans eat 45 slices of pizza in a year.
  • As per Guiness Book of World Record, the highest altitude (19,347 ft) of pizza delivery was accomplished by pizza hut in an African region of Tanzania to mark it's first pizza hut.
  • The pizza industry is a $30 billion industry.
  • A pizza-themed superhero movie was made in 2011 called Pizza-Man.
  • In Math, there is a Pizza theorem which is named after Pizza.

"There’s no better feeling in the world than a warm pizza box on your lap."

By Kevin James


History of Pizza

Many believe the word 'Pizza' is derived from the greek word 'pita'. Pizza, originally,

was not always what we know of it as bread, tomato sauce and cheese. In the 18th

century, pizza was flatbread in Naples, Italy, which due to it's inexpensive

nature,was eaten and enjoyed mostly by the peasants. In the 1600s, they added

tomatoes to the pizza which was even more appreciated among the peasants as it

enhanced the taste for the flat bread with herbs.

Pizza as we know of it today, was first prepared in Italy by Don Rafaelle Esposito,

who in arrival of Queen Margherita developed pizza which consisted of bread,

tomato sauce and mozarella cheese. This was the first time mozarrella cheese was

ever used.

Pizza Tossing-Tony Gemignani World Champion

America's Top Favorite Pizza Toppings

As many American families, everyone in my family also has an opinion on which toppings to get on the pizza we order. Although, jalapeno is a favorite in my family, pepporoni is the topping that dominates in the United States followed by mushrooms, onions, green peppers, sausage or bacon.

Some of the more trendy toppings include pineapple, broccoli, basil, sun-dried tomatoes, green olives, banana peppers, cottage cheese, seafood and several others.


World's Top Rated Toppings

As much as American's have obsession with pepporoni as the choice of topping on their pizza, people around the globe also have some very unique toppings.

For example, Coconut topped pizza topping is famous in Costa Rica while those living in India prefer pickled ginger as their choice of unique topping. Also famous in India is the tandoori chicken topping which is a chicken cooked in tandoori (cooked in clay oven) style. Futhermore, in Australia the choices for toppings include kangaroo meat, salmon, dill, and mangoes.

In middle east where certain meats are common, the topping that is used most is include, lamb, beef and chicken.

In your country, what are some of the unique pizza toppings?

Check out Pizzas Around the World!

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Favorite Pizza Restaurants in America

We all know the famous Pizza chain restaurants such as Pizza Hut, Dominos, Papa

John's, Little Ceasers, Cici's, Papa Murphys, of which many are seen throughout

the world now. These top chain pizza companies account for 40% of pizza sales.

However, here are some of the best privately owned mouth-watering pizza places

around America.

Spacca Napoli- Illinois, USA

Pizzeria Mozza- Los Angeles, California

Pizzeria Bianco- Phoenix, Arizona

Pizzaria Vetri- Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Santarpio's Pizza- Boston, Massachusettes

Roberta's- Brooklyn, New York

Old Town Pizza- Auburn, California

Big Lou's- San Antonio, Texas

Carmine's Pizzeria- Dallas, Texas

Antico Pizza- Atlanta, Georgia

These are only a fraction of the places in the country that are rated as top pizza places. America is nation that eats, sleeps, and breathes pizza.


Healthy Pizza!

So, we all love pizza but the thought of the calories from bread and cheese makes us think twice before we grab a second slice. Well, here's some wonderful, healthy, and very popular options for weight watchers and pizza lovers for pizza crusts

  • Everyone's favorite: Cauliflower Crust
  • Try a crust with your favorite veggie: Spaghetti squash crush
  • Add a little protein: Chick pea pizza crust
  • Gluten free: Whole wheat pizza crust
  • Turn a big mushroom into pizza crust

Get Creative- Spaghetti Squash Pizza!

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© 2019 Aanvi


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