7 Amazing Facts About Pizza

Kids might think they know a lot. They may rattle off their favorite toppings or preferred restaurant that serves up the best pies. Little ones might have an opinion about whether they like thick or thin crusts, and how many nights a week they would like to eat a delicious slice for dinner. Next time you are talking to little foodies about their favorite Italian specialty, share some of these fascinating pizza facts to spice up the conversation.


Amazing Facts About Pizza

It's hard to argue that pizza is one of the most universally loved foods by kids and adults alike. Friday nights are the most popular night for ordering up a pizza pie. After a long and tiring week of work, sports practices, school, music lessons, and other activities, families often bypass a trip to the grocery store and dial up delivery. Children's books about pizza capture the fondness characters share for a delicious crust topped with tomato sauce and a generous amount of piping hot, melted mozzarella cheese. Kids will especially love engaging in imaginary play with their very own toy pizza ovens and games involving their most favorite food. And while they are busy running their pretend parlors, be sure to share some of the coolest facts about pizza.

(1) Americans eat a lot of pizza.

Specifically, more than 300 slices are eaten every single second. This translates into about 20,000 slices each minute. Taking this calculation one step further, this equals approximately 100 acres of pizza daily.

(2) Pepperoni is the most popular topping.

Surveys have revealed that more than 35% of pizzas ordered from take-out  restaurants include pepperoni. In fact, 250 million pounds of pepperoni are consumed annually as a  topping.

(3) The most expensive pizza costs a whopping $12,000.

Prepared by a master chef in Italy, this pizza is topped with some top dollar delicacies like three rare types of caviar, the highest quality lobster, handpicked squilla mantis, and Australian pink sea salt.

(4) The first pizza was created in Naples in the 1500s.

During that time, it was an inexpensive meal for low-income families. Tomatoes were thought to be poisonous and not worthy of people who had money. Poor people topped dough with tomatoes and cheese, and could feed large families very inexpensively.  

(5) Lombardi's in New York City was the first pizzeria in America.

The grocery store started selling pizza on the side in 1905. It was considered a foreign food, but within a short while parlors started popping up all over the city.

(6) The largest pizza ever made was almost 14,000 square feet.

In 2017, a Guinness World Record was broken through a collaborative effort by Pizza Hut and a YouTube star named Eric Decker. They chose the Los Angeles Convention Center as the location for this huge undertaking. To put this project into perspective, the ingredients consisted of 13,653 pounds of dough, 4,948 pounds of sauce, and close to 9,000 pounds of cheese. The pie was cut into smaller pieces to cook and distribute to local food banks.

(7) October is National Pizza Month.

Pizza is such a popular food that an entire month has been devoted to celebrating all of its deliciousness. It all began when Gerry Durnell, the publisher of Pizza Today magazine, declared that pizza is too good to only have one day of observance on the calendar. What began as a novel idea in 1984 to promote pizza around the country officially became a holiday, passed by Congress three years later. Lots of pizzerias run promotions encouraging people to increase their consumption during a month when pizza orders are already are at record highs.




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