200+ Interesting Facts About Pizza

Facts about Pizza: Pizza is a dish of Italian origin consisting of a usually round, flat base of leavened wheat-based dough topped with tomatoes, cheese, and often various other ingredients, which is then baked at a high temperature, traditionally in a wood-fired oven. A small pizza is sometimes called a pizzetta.
200+ Intersting Facts About Pizza
  • The largest pizza in the world was 131 feet in diameter, and weighed 51,257 pounds.
  • Pizza Hut was founded in 1958 and has become one of the most popular pizza chains in the world.
  • The inventors of Bagel Bites got the inspiration for their first recipe off the back of a Lender's Bagel bag.
  • The first American cities to start selling pizza were New York, Boston, New Haven, Conn., and Trenton, N.J. All four of these cities had an influx of Southern Italian immigrants around the turn of the century.
  • Americans eat approximately 100 acres of pizza a day or about 350 slices per second.
  • There are approximately 61,269 pizzerias in the United States.
  • Domino's gives its customers a variety of pizza combinations: about 34 million, to be exact. You can order the pizza of your cheesy dreams at this pizzeria chain.
  • In 2001, Pizza Hut delivered a six-inch salami pizza to the International Space Station—the first pizza delivered to outer space.
  • Pizza chefs call the internal cell structure of pizza dough “the crumb”—most pizza makers try to achieve a crumb that’s airy with large holes.
  • A little over a decade later, in 2013, a group of NASA-funded scientists invented a 3D printer that could cook pizza in just 70 seconds, literally spraying on flavor, smell, and micronutrients.
  • Pizza chefs use a wide variety of pizza lingo to show they’re in the know. For example, a ball of dough that’s been stretched and is ready for toppings is called a skin; mushrooms are often referred to as screamers; and slices of pepperoni are called flyers, for the way they’re thrown around the pizza kitchen like Frisbees.
  • Dennis Tran, the winner of the 2016 Domino's fastest pizza-making contest, can make one pizza in just 11 seconds. He is a Domino's franchise owner from Tallahassee, Florida.
  • 62% of Americans prefer meat toppings while 38% prefer vegetables.
  • Women are twice as likely as men to order vegetables on their pizza.
  • Pizza Hut has 12,583 stores in over 90 countries.
  • There’s a pizza museum in Philadelphia called Pizza Brain that is home to the world’s largest collection of pizza memorabilia.
  • Humans aren’t the only ones who love the taste of pizza: There’s even a mini pizza for dogs called the “Heaven Scent Pizza” made of flour, carrots, celery, and parmesan cheese.
  • The first-known Chicago deep dish pizzas were created in 1943 by the restaurant that later became the Pizzeria Uno chain.
  • Domino’s was founded in 1960. The restaurant chain’s founder, Tom Monaghan, is one of three people in the world who hold an advanced degree in "Pizza-ology” from the “Domino’s College of Pizza-ology”—a business management program he founded in the 1980s.
  • Pizzerias sell the most pizzas on Halloween, the night before Thanksgiving, New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day, and Super Bowl Sunday.
  • Italian is the most popular type of Ethnic food in America.
  • Domino’s Pizza is the world leader in delivery.
  • Cristian Dumitru of Romania holds the world record for eating pizza, he ate over 200 pounds. But the former world record holder claims the cheese-sauce ratio was too low for what he ate to be considered pizza.
  • Regular thin crust is most popular in America, it is preferred by 61% of the population, 14% prefer deep-dish, and 11% prefer extra thin crust.
  • 36% of people consider pizza the perfect breakfast.
  • The longest pizza delivery was from Cape Town, South Africa to Sydney, Australia.
  • The most popular pizza size in the U.S. today is 14 inches in diameter.
  • Most expensive pizza created was made by the restaurateur Domenico Crolla who created a $2,745.00 priced Valentine pizza which included toppings such as sunblush-tomato sauce, Scottish smoked salmon, medallions of venison, edible gold, lobster marinated in the finest cognac and champagne-soaked caviar.
  • Mozzarella cheese accounts for nearly 80 percent of Italian cheese production in the United States. 38. The word “pizza” dates back over a thousand years—it was first mentioned in a Latin text written in southern Italy in 997 CE.
  • In 1835, Alexandre Dumas, author of The Three Musketeers, traveled to Naples, where he observed that the Neapolitan poor ate nothing but watermelon during the summer and pizza during the winter.
  • The first pizza place in America was Lombardi’s in New York City—originally a grocery store, Lombardi’s started selling pizza in 1905.
  • During the first few decades of the 20th century, pizza was predominantly eaten and sold by working class Italian immigrants.
  • But after World War II, American GIs came home from Italy with a craving for pizza, bringing the food to a broader consumer base for the first time.
  • At first, pizzas were sold exclusively by the pie. But in 1933, Patsy Lancieri (of Patsy’s Pizzeria in New York City) started selling pizza by the slice—a trend that was quickly picked up by other pizzerias.
  • The Domino’s delivery offer is still good in some places around the world. The guarantee has been great for business in Turkey, for instance.
  • The first frozen pizza hit the market in 1962. It mostly tasted like cardboard until the genius food inventor Rose Totino got her hands on it.
  • When the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles first launched as a black-and-white comic book series in 1984, they weren’t the pizza-loving action heroes fans would fall in love with. The four brothers—all named after famous Renaissance artists like Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci—only began eating pizza when their far more kid-friendly Saturday morning cartoon series launched in 1987.
  • What has been called “the world’s most extravagant pizza” is available at New York’s Nino’s Bellissima restaurant. Topped with six varieties of caviar, chives, fresh lobster and creme fraiche, this 12-inch pie, called the “Luxury Pizza,” retails at $1,000.00 (or $125.00 a slice).
  • In Italy there is a bill before Parliament to safeguard the traditional Italian pizza, specifying permissible ingredients and methods of processing (e.g., excluding frozen pizzas). Only pizzas which followed these guidelines could be called “traditional Italian pizzas”, at least in Italy.
  • The first pizza ordered by computer happened in 1974: The Artificial Language Laboratory at Michigan State needed to test out its new “speaking computer,” so they used it to order a pepperoni, mushroom, ham, and sausage pizza from a local pizza joint.
  • In the 1980s, the Pizza Connection trial became the longest running criminal jury trial in American history, running from 1985 to 1987. It prosecuted a group of mafia members who were using pizza restaurants as a front for drug trafficking.
  • Plenty of famous people got their start making and delivering pizzas. Stephen Baldwin and Bill Murray both worked at pizza restaurants, and Jean-Claude Van Damme used to deliver pizzas.
  • The only pizza-themed superhero movie made to date is called Pizza Man—released in 2011, the film stars Frankie Muniz as a pizza delivery guy who acquires super powers from eating a genetically modified tomato.
  • In 2013, former child star Macaulay Culkin formed a pizza-themed Velvet Underground cover band called Pizza Underground. The band performs hits like “I’m Waiting for the Delivery Man” and “All the Pizza Parties.”
  • Pizza played a role in helping police catch an alleged serial killer known as the “Grim Sleeper” in 2010 when an undercover officer took a DNA sample from a slice of pizza the killer had been snacking on at a family birthday party.
  • Pizza has also helped prevent several crimes: In 2008 when a pizza delivery man in Florida was confronted by robbers, he threw the hot pizza he was delivering at them and escaped harm.
  • In 2014, a woman called 911 to report a burglary and sexual assault, but because the burglar was still in her home, she came up with a novel way to get the attention of police: she pretended to order a pizza. Fortunately, the police figured out that something was not quite right with the pizza order, and instantly responded to the call.
  • In 2001, Pizza Hut delivered a six-inch salami pizza to the International Space Station—the first pizza delivered to outer space.
  • A little over a decade later, in 2013, a group of NASA-funded scientists invented a 3D printer that could cook pizza in just 70 seconds, literally spraying on flavor, smell, and micronutrients.
  • The U.S. Military Lab recently invented a ready-to-eat pizza that can last for up to three years. The pizza is intended for soldiers abroad who are craving a slice… and also presumably for anyone preparing for a zombie apocalypse.
  • Pizza is such an iconic food, it even inspired an art show. In 2013, the Marlborough Broome Street Gallery in New York curated a show called “Pizza Time!” featuring more than 25 pizza-inspired works of art. The works ranged from paintings like “Caveman on Pizza,” which featured a sunglasses-wearing caveman surfing a giant slice of pizza, to works of art made of actual pizza, like John Riepenhoff’s “Physical Pizza Networking Theory.”
  • Pizza chefs use a wide variety of pizza lingo to show they’re in the know. For example, a ball of dough that’s been stretched and is ready for toppings is called a “skin,” mushrooms are often referred to as “screamers,” and slices of pepperoni are called “flyers,” for the way they’re thrown around the pizza kitchen like Frisbees.
  • Pizza chefs call the internal cell structure of pizza dough “the crumb”—most pizza makers try to achieve a crumb that’s airy with large holes.
  • The four primary kinds of mozzarella used to make pizza are mozzarella di bufala (made from the milk of water buffalo in Italy, and used on Neapolitan-style pizzas), fior di latte (similar to mozzarella di bufala, but made from cow’s milk), burrata (a fresh Italian cheese known for its creamy filling), and “pizza cheese” (the less perishable whole-milk or part-skim mozzarella used by the majority of American pizzerias).
  • In 2014, food scientists studied the baking properties of different cheeses, and found scientific evidence for a commonly known fact—mozzarella makes the best pizza cheese.
  • Chuck E. Cheese’s was founded by Nolan Bushnell, the co-founder of Atari, as a way to make more money off of the game consoles.
  • Chuck E. Cheese may be the most famous animatronic pizza-selling animal in the world, but in the ’80s, ShowBiz Pizza Place’s “Rock-A-Fire Explosion” gave the rat a run for his money. ShowBiz’s animatronic band played hit pop songs and original tunes at locations across America, and were the creation of Aaron Fechter (who also invented Whac-a-Mole).
  • When pizza chefs around the world need help with their recipes, they turn to “Dough Doctor” Tom Lehmann. Lehmann, who lives in Manhattan, Kansas, is a pizza expert who’s been working with the American Institute of Baking since 1967. One of the biggest challenges he’s faced? Low-carb dough requests during the height of the Atkins diet craze.
  • According to legend, the “Pizza Margherita” takes its name from Queen Margherita of Savoy who, in 1889, sampled three pizza flavors made by master pizza chef Raffaele Esposito and expressed a preference for the version topped with tomatoes, mozzarella, and basil, and designed to resemble the Italian flag. Nice story—and while the Queen did eat Esposito’s pizza, there’s no evidence of what was on the menu, and a lot of skepticism that this was mostly a marketing scheme concocted (complete with forged historical documents!) to boost business.
  • Over the years a number of strange pizza-flavored products have been released, including potato chips, condoms, ice cream, beer, and e-cigarettes.
  • There’s a pizza museum in Philadelphia called Pizza Brain that is home to the world’s largest collection of pizza memorabilia.
  • The inventors of Bagel Bites got the inspiration for their first recipe off the back of a Lender’s Bagel bag.
  • Pizza is one of the most popular food options for Americans, with 350 slices eaten by the second. To put that in perspective, about 21,000 slices are eaten nationally in just one minute.
  • One of the biggest days for pizzerias around the country is Super Bowl Sunday. Pizza is a major staple for this sports event, with an average of 2,500,000 pizzas being sold from Pizza Hut alone.
  • Ever eat a soggy slice of pizza that seemed to have a gross gooey layer between the base and the toppings? There’s a term for that. It’s called the “Gum Line,” and it’s dreaded by pizza chefs. It’s caused when dough is undercooked, has too little yeast, or is topped with sauce or cheese that’s recently been pulled from the refrigerator and hasn’t had a chance to reach room temperature.
  • Think spinning pizza dough sounds simple? Think again. Dough-spinning has its own professional-level sporting event where pizza teams compete in acrobatic dough-spinning competitions at the World Pizza Championships.
  • But spinning pizza dough isn’t just for show: It’s the best way to evenly spread dough, create a uniform crust, and even helps the dough retain moisture.
  • There’s an association called the Associazione Verace Pizza Nepoletana (“True Neapolitan Pizza Association”) that sets specific rules about what qualifies as a true Neapolitan pizza and certifies pizza restaurants accordingly.
  • Historians from the William E. Macaulay Honors College discovered that the lower-income people of Naples would put slices of tomatoes on dough and top it with cheese to make a cheap and easy meal for their families. According to the researchers, tomatoes were thought to be poisonous during these days, which is why pizza was considered a cheaper food.
  • The researchers at the William E. Macaulay Honors College also noted that the first pizzeria opened in Port'Alba, Naples. The pizzeria, called Antica Pizzeria, named the Margherita pizza after Queen Margherita of Italy.
  • Lombardi's, which was originally a grocery store, started selling pizzas in 1905. This lead to the explosion of pizzerias around New York City within the coming years, as pizza was still looked at as a foreign food until the late 1940s.
  • Former World War II soldiers that were stationed in Italy grew a heavy liking to pizza. They brought the idea back to the United States and helped make it the popular dish it is today.
  • According to the United States Department of Agriculture, about 13% of Americans eat pizza on a given day.
  • According to a study conducted by the USDA, pizza is an extremely popular meal choice among men. The most popular demographic is among males ages 6-19 years, as more than 1 in 4 of them consume pizza on any day.
  • In roughly a 25-year span, cheese consumption has nearly doubled due to the high consumption of pizza in the United States. The USDA also noted that a usual two-slice serving of pizza accounts for 37% of your daily recommended calcium consumption.
  • Lycopene is an antioxidant that may help prevent cancer and heart disease, according to a study published by the Annual Review of Food Science and Technology. And it's prominent in pizza. This is due to the tomato sauce, as tomatoes are known to have a naturally high concentration of the antioxidant.
  • Although pizza wasn't a global phenomenon until the 1950s, the word dates back to centuries ago. A manuscript in the small Italian town of Gaeta is the first known document to contain the word "pizza," food historian Giuseppe Nocca told Italian newspaper La Repubblica.
  • Master pizza chef Renato Viola creates the most expensive pizza in the world, tastefully called Louis XIII, at his gourmet pizzeria in Italy. It's topped with lobster, buffalo mozzarella, three types of caviar, squilla mantis (a Mediterranean shrimp), and pink Australian salt. Currently, this pizza costs €8,300 (about $12,000 in the United States).
  • The pizza, named "Ottavia," was made in Fiera Roma, in Rome, Italy, on December 13, 2012, by Dovilio Nardi, Andrea Mannocchi, Marco Nardi, Matteo Nardi and Matteo Giannotte of NIPfood, according to the Guinness World Records. The pizza was also 100% gluten-free and was made to spread awareness about health-conscious food choices.
  • In the Big Apple, the price of a slice of pizza has been rising in parallel to the price of a New York City subway ride. This is known as the "Pizza Principle" and has been going on since the 1960s, according to Business Insider.
  • Japanese pizza is known to be topped with just about anything you can think of. Other popular toppings include corn, potatoes, tuna, and bacon.
  • "Happy" pizza, which is pizza cooked with marijuana, is a popular dish in Cambodia. Marijuana still has major restrictions in Cambodia, so snack on this with caution!
  • As if you couldn't make pizza even more appetizing, Scottish pizzerias have a common offer that needs to hop over the pond: deep-fried pizza. Instead of baking the pizza, Scottish pizzerias offer slices to be deep-fried, which they have also done to a variety of foods like Mars bars.
  • Domino's Brazil set up a campaign in 2013 with 10 rental stores to release DVDs that smelled like pizza when you used them. The disc would also show a picture of a pizza after it was ejected, thanks to thermal ink technology.
  • Even astronauts crave pizza in space. NASA commissioned BeeHex, an Austin-based tech company, to create a 3D printer that makes food, including pizza. This 3D printer can make a pizza in half of the time that the average pizza chef can and has a variety of toppings and sauces, including vodka sauce and burrata cheese.
  • This may seem off, but it's true. The area of a circle increases with the square of the radius (aka the diameter). Therefore, the larger the diameter of the pizza, the more pizza you get per slice.
  • According to the National Association of Pizza Operators (which now functions as Pizza Today), pepperoni is the most popular pizza topping in the United States. Each year, we consume, on average, more than 250 million pounds' worth of the meaty topping.
  • Pizza Today magazine reports that square-shaped pizza, also known as Sicilian or Grandma-style pizza, is the original shape of the Italian dish. It contained Romano instead of Mozzarella cheese.
  • The United States is one of the biggest consumers of pizza globally and has established a flourishing pizzeria industry. Every year, $38 billion worth of pizzas are sold in the country.
  • Pizza Today also noted that billions of pizzas are sold nationally each year. And a full 17% of all restaurants in the U.S. are pizzerias!
  • Pizza connoisseur Craig Priebe noted in his book, The United States of Pizza, that thin crust is the most popular pizza choice among Americans. Deep dish is the second most common pizza, with 14% of Americans favoring it over any other type.
  • One of the most popular foods in New York state (especially in Manhattan) is pizza. Thousands of pizzerias are scattered across New York, with most of them being located in the five boroughs.
  • It seems like almost every American is a fan of pizza. The majority of the American population consumes at least one slice of pizza a month, according to the USDA.
  • Pizza is one of the biggest staples to any Super Bowl Sunday gathering, and it's a big business day for most pizzerias. Priebe also noted in his book that delivery drivers log a total of four million miles worth of deliveries just on Super Bowl Sunday.
  • The USDA reported that the average pizza slice's nutritional content is mostly protein-based. It also contributes 35% of your recommended daily protein intake.
  • Uber Eats found that most Americans consume pizza as their Saturday night dinner. It sounds like a dinner we'll always be on board with!
  • Each person in America eats about 46 pizza slices a year.
  • Popular gourmet toppings are chicken, oysters, crayfish, dandelions, sprouts, eggplant, cajun shrimp, artichoke hearts, and tuna.
  • October is the US national pizza month.
  • About 3 billion pizzas are sold worldwide each year.
  • Kids ages 3 to 11 prefer pizza over all other food groups for lunch and dinner.
  • The top 5 pizza sale says are Super Bowl Sunday, New Year’s Eve, Halloween, Thanksgiving Eve & New Year’s Day.
  • 93 percent of Americans have eaten pizza in the last month.
  • Pizza accounts for more than 10 percent of all food service sales.
  • On Super Bowl Sunday, pizza delivery drivers can expect $2 tips to sometimes soar as high as $20.
  • Domino’s delivery drivers will log about 4 million miles on Super Bowl Sunday.
  • In addition to tomato sauce's beneficial lycopene concentration, a study published in the journal Nutrients found that tomato sauce is high in flavonoids. The study noted that flavonoids are beneficial in fighting an array of complications, such as inflammation, cardiovascular disease, and depression. So give our homemade tomato sauce recipe a try!
  • The average pizza is usually 14 inches in diameter with eight slices. The average pizza is also normally supposed to feed a group of four (two slices per person).
  • According to 2017 research by Pizza Magazine, Pizza Hut has dominated the pizza industry. With more than 5.5 million sales in the United States alone, this chain has risen to the top as the biggest-selling pizzeria in all of the country.
  • Mozzarella cheese, which is the main cheese used for pizza, makes up for the majority of cheese production in the United States, according to Priebe's book.

  • This chain has 17,200 locations globally, making it one of the most prominent pizzeria chains in the business. So it's not too surprising that the chain sells an average of three million pizzas daily around the world.
  • In 1984, Papa John's founder John Schnatter sold his car to buy pizza-making equipment and set it up in a broom closet, according to the company's website. Thirty-three years later, it's one of the most recognizable brands in the pizza industry.
  • Papa John's changed the whole delivery game with its online ordering option, created in 2001.
  • The former football star is also an entrepreneur and owned 31 Papa John's chains in the Denver area. He purchased them in 2012 and was seen frequently in Papa John's advertisements across the nation. He sold them right before parting ways with the NFL.
  • A common topping on pizza in Australia is eggs, and pizzas with the topping are referred to as "Aussie pizza." They also usually include bacon.
  • Pizza fans, rejoice. There's a pizza convention, called the International Pizza Expo, held every year in Las Vegas (when there's not a global pandemic, that is).
  • Sure, Pizza Hut, Papa John's, and Domino's have different sauces and crusts. But if you've ever thought the cheese tasted the same at all three chains, you aren't wrong. A 2017 Forbes report revealed that Leprino Foods supplies the mozzarella for all three chains.
  • Pizza has a bad reputation for being unhealthy, but when made right, it can be an amazing nutritional source. Check out these secrets for eating pizza the smarter way.


  • The word pizza dates back over a thousand years; it was first mentioned in a Latin text written in southern Italy in 997 CE.
  • In 1835, Alexandre Dumas, author of The Three Musketeers, traveled to Naples, where he observed that the Neapolitan poor ate nothing but watermelon during the summer and pizza during the winter.
  • The first pizza place in America was Lombardi’s in New York City. Originally opened as a grocery store, Lombardi’s started selling pizza in 1905.
  • During the first few decades of the 20th century, pizza was predominantly eaten and sold by working class Italian immigrants.
  • But after World War II, American GIs came home from Italy with a craving for pizza, bringing the food to a broader consumer base for the first time.
  • The first American cities to start selling pizza were New York; Boston; New Haven, Connecticut; and Trenton, New Jersey. All four of these cities had an influx of Southern Italian immigrants around the turn of the century.
  • At first, pizzas were sold exclusively by the pie. But in 1933, Patsy Lancieri (of Patsy's Pizzeria in New York City) started selling pizza by the slice—a trend that was quickly picked up by other pizzerias.
  • Humans aren’t the only ones who love the taste of pizza: There’s even a mini pizza for dogs called the “Heaven Scent Pizza” made of flour, carrots, celery, and parmesan cheese.
  • The first-known Chicago deep dish pizzas were created in 1943 by the restaurant that later became the Pizzeria Uno chain.
  • Domino’s was founded in 1960. The restaurant chain’s founder, Tom Monaghan, is one of three people in the world who hold an advanced degree in “Pizza-ology” from the “Domino’s College of Pizza-ology”—a business management program he founded in the 1980s. 
  • Domino’s dropped its “30 minutes or less” guarantee in 1993 after a series of lawsuits accused the company of promoting unsafe driving.
  • Domino’s dropped its “30 minutes or less” guarantee in 1993 after a series of lawsuits accused the company of promoting unsafe driving.
  • The Domino's delivery offer is still good in some places around the world. The guarantee has been great for business in Turkey, for instance.
  • The first frozen pizza hit the market in 1962. It mostly tasted like cardboard until the genius food inventor Rose Totino got her hands on it.
  • The Hawaiian pizza was invented in 1962 by Sam Panopoulos, a native of Greece who ran a pizza place in Canada.
  • In 2017, Guðni Th. Jóhannesson, the president of Iceland, told schoolchildren he would ban pineapple pizza if he had the power. (Jóhannesson later walked back the comment, insisting he held no such influence, but it sounded more like a lament than a retraction.)
  • Chuck E. Cheese's was founded by Nolan Bushnell, the co-founder of Atari, as a way to make more money off of the game consoles.
  • Chuck E. Cheese may be the most famous animatronic pizza-selling animal in the world, but in the '80s, ShowBiz Pizza Place’s “Rock-A-Fire Explosion” gave the rat a run for his money. ShowBiz's animatronic band played hit pop songs and original tunes at locations across America, and were the creation of Aaron Fechter (who also invented Whac-a-Mole).
  • When pizza chefs around the world need help with their recipes, they turn to “Dough Doctor” Tom Lehmann. Lehmann, who lives in Manhattan, Kansas, is a pizza expert who has been working with the American Institute of Baking since 1967. One of the biggest challenges he's faced? Low-carb dough requests during the height of the Atkins diet craze.
  • Plenty of famous people got their start making and delivering pizzas. Stephen Baldwin and Bill Murray both worked at pizza restaurants, and Jean-Claude Van Damme used to deliver pizzas.
  • The only pizza-themed superhero movie made to date is called Pizza Man. Released in 2011, the film stars Frankie Muniz as a pizza delivery guy who acquires super powers from eating a genetically modified tomato.
  • In 2013, former child star Macaulay Culkin formed a pizza-themed Velvet Underground cover band called Pizza Underground. The band performs hits like “I’m Waiting for the Delivery Man” and “All the Pizza Parties.”
  • Pizza played a role in helping police catch an alleged serial killer known as the “Grim Sleeper” in 2010 when an undercover officer took a DNA sample from a slice of pizza the killer had been snacking on at a family birthday party.
  • Pizza has also helped prevent several crimes: In 2008 when a pizza delivery man in Florida was confronted by robbers, he threw the hot pizza he was delivering at them and escaped harm.
  • In 2014, a woman called 911 to report a burglary, but because the burglar was still in her home, she came up with a novel way to get the attention of police: she pretended to order a pizza. Fortunately, the police figured out that something was not quite right with the pizza order, and instantly responded to the call.
  • But spinning pizza dough isn’t just for show: It’s the best way to evenly spread dough, create a uniform crust, and even helps the dough retain moisture.
  • There’s an association called the Associazione Verace Pizza Nepoletana (“True Neapolitan Pizza Association”) that sets specific rules about what qualifies as a true Neapolitan pizza and certifies pizza restaurants accordingly.
  • According to legend, the “Pizza Margherita” takes its name from Queen Margherita of Savoy who, in 1889, sampled three pizza flavors made by master pizza chef Raffaele Esposito and expressed a preference for the version topped with tomatoes, mozzarella, and basil, and designed to resemble the Italian flag. Nice story—and while the Queen did eat Esposito's pizza, there's no evidence of what was on the menu, and a lot of skepticism that this was mostly a marketing scheme concocted (complete with forged historical documents!) to boost business.
  • The U.S. Military Lab recently invented a ready-to-eat pizza that can last for up to three years. The pizza is intended for soldiers abroad who are craving a slice … and also presumably for anyone preparing for a zombie apocalypse.
  • Pizza is such an iconic food, it even inspired an art show. In 2013, the Marlborough Gallery in New York curated a show called “Pizza Time!” featuring more than 25 pizza-inspired works of art. The works ranged from paintings like “Caveman on Pizza,” which featured a sunglasses-wearing caveman surfing a giant slice of pizza, to works of art made of actual pizza, like John Riepenhoff’s “Physical Pizza Networking Theory.”
  • The four primary kinds of mozzarella used to make pizza are mozzarella di bufala (made from the milk of water buffalo in Italy, and used on Neapolitan-style pizzas), fior di latte (similar to mozzarella di bufala, but made from cow’s milk), burrata (a fresh Italian cheese known for its creamy filling), and “pizza cheese" (the less perishable whole-milk or part-skim mozzarella used by the majority of American pizzerias).
  • In 2014, food scientists studied the baking properties of different cheeses, and found scientific evidence for a commonly known fact: Mozzarella makes the best pizza cheese.
  • Ever eat a soggy slice of pizza that seemed to have a gross gooey layer between the base and the toppings? There’s a term for that. It’s called the “Gum Line,” and it's dreaded by pizza chefs. It’s caused when dough is undercooked, has too little yeast, or is topped with sauce or cheese that’s recently been pulled from the refrigerator and hasn’t had a chance to reach room temperature.
  • Think spinning pizza dough sounds simple? Think again. Dough-spinning has its own professional-level sporting event where pizza teams compete in acrobatic dough-spinning competitions at the World Pizza Championships.
  • The average pizzeria uses roughly 55 pizza boxes per day.
  • We consume around 251,770,000 pounds of pepperoni every year.
  • Some popular pizza toppings in Japan are squid and Mayo Jaga, which includes mayonnaise, potato and bacon.
  • The highest-grossing single-unit independent pizzeria in the nation, Moose’s Tooth Pub and Pizzeria, is in Anchorage, Alaska. Its annual sales are approximately $6 million.
  • Research firm Technomic estimated in 2013 that Americans eat 350 slices of pizza each second, and that 40 percent of us eat pizza at least once a week.
  • Saturday night is the most popular night of the week to eat pizza.
  • Blotting your pizza does affect the number of calories you consume, but not by a lot. The Food Network series Food Detectives estimated the amount of calories saved by blotting to be about 35 calorie per slice.
  • This may sound too good to be true, but pizza has some nutritional benefits. According to an Italian study published by the International Journal of Cancer, people who ate pizza at least once a week had less chance of developing cancer. Frequent pizza consumption reduced the risk of developing oesophageal cancer by 59%, as well as the risk of developing colon cancer falling by 26% and mouth cancer by 34%. The researchers speculated that this is due to the tomato sauce's high lycopene content.
  • Pizzerias are expected to purchase more than $4 billion worth of cheese annually by the year 2010.
  • 36 percent of all pizza orders want their pizza topping pepperoni.
  • 94 percent of Americans eat pizza regularly.
  • Pizzerias are heavily abundant in the United States, with 70,000 of them coast-to-coast. According to a poll from TripAdvisor, the city with the best pizza is New York, followed closely by Chicago.
  • It seems like Americans are big fans of meat: a study conducted by the Culinary Visions Panel showed that 76% of the 500 Americans surveyed preferred meat lovers pizza over any other kind.
  • The Hawaiian pizza was invented in 1962 by Sam Panopoulos, a native of Greece who ran a pizza place in Canada.
  • In the late ‘60s, the U.S. Army’s 113th Military Intelligence Unit spied on reporters and politicians using fake pizza deliveries.
  • Pizza may have originated in Italy, but countries around the world have developed their own regional spins on the classic food. In Brazil chefs top their pizzas with green peas, the French love fried eggs on their slices, and in China a crust made of mini-hot dogs is surprisingly popular.
  • The largest pizza ever made was at the Norwood Pick ‘n Pay Hypermarket in Johannesburg, South Africa. According to the Guinness Book of Records the pizza was 37.4 meters in diameter and was made using 500 kg of flour, 800 kg of cheese and 900 kg of tomato puree. This was accomplished on December 8, 1990.
  • Saturday night is the most popular night to eat pizza.
  • Pizza Deliverers claim women are better tippers.
  • Also in 2017, a UK survey revealed that while 53 percent of citizens liked pineapple on their pizza, 15 percent would support a ban.
  • In the late 1960s, the U.S. Army’s 113th Military Intelligence Unit spied on reporters and politicians using fake pizza deliveries.
  • Pizza may have originated in Italy, but countries around the world have developed their own regional spins on the classic food. In Brazil chefs top their pizzas with green peas, the French love fried eggs on their slices, and in China a crust made of mini-hot dogs is surprisingly popular.
  • The first pizza ordered by computer happened in 1974: The Artificial Language Laboratory at Michigan State needed to test out its new “speaking computer,” so they used it to order a pepperoni, mushroom, ham, and sausage pizza from a local pizza joint.
  • In the 1980s, the Pizza Connection trial became the longest running criminal jury trial in American history, running from 1985 to 1987. It prosecuted a group of mafia members who were using pizza restaurants as a front for drug trafficking.
  • The world’s fastest pizza maker can make 14 pizzas in 2 minutes and 35 seconds.
  • That's right! The United States has an official month dedicated to pizza.
  • Priebe noted in his book that every American on average consumes more than 23 pounds of pizza in a single year. The Washington Post also reports that on average, an equivalent of 100 acres of pizza is consumed in a single day in the United States.
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