National Pizza Day on February 9th celebrates one of America’s all-time favorite foods. Whether it is thin crust, Chicago-style, deep dish, or anything in between, pizza is an American favorite.
We love our pizzas, and they come in so many varieties, too. As we nosh on our favorite, explore a few pizza facts:
- Pepperoni is the most popular pizza at 36% of all pies ordered.
- Over 3 billion pizzas are sold in the USA each year. Add another 1 billion on frozen pizzas
- In the United States, 17% of all restaurants are pizzerias.
- Antica Pizzeria, the first Pizzeria, opened in Naples, Italy, in 1738.
- Gennaro Lombardi, the first Pizzeria in the United States, opened in 1895 in New York City.
- Americans consume on average 23 pounds of pizza per person each year.
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalPizzaDay
- Eat your favorite pizza.
- Visit a local pizzeria and give them a shout-out for their fantastic pies!
- Make your own pizza at home.
- Post on social media your favorite recipes.
- Experiment with toppings, crusts and sauces.
- And don’t forget to check out the Celebration Deals for all the best offers and discounts.
- Send us a message with any other great deals you come across that celebrate National Pizza Day.
- Watch movies like Mystic Pizza or Little Italy.
- Throw a pizza party and give these recipes a try:
- Use #NationalPizzaDay to post on social media.
NATIONAL PIZZA DAY HISTORY
National Day Calendar continues researching the origins of this ever-popular food holiday. However, the mystery remains. One thing we do know is how to eat pizza. Do you?
Q. Are all pizzas round?
A. No. Pizzas are also made into rectangles and squares.
Q. Do thing crusts have leavening agents in them?
A. Most thin crust pizza recipes call for some sort of leaving agent such as yeast or baking soda. There are recipes, however, that call for no leavening agent.
Q. Which is better, thin or thick crust?
A. It depends on a variety of factors and personal choice. Different toppings fair better on one type of crust versus another. Some sauces require a thicker, more durable crust.