Pizza is one of the most popular fast foods in the world. It is one food that you’re almost certain that almost everyone in every part of the world loves. The delicious and cheesy taste which it has is second to none and is the reason why we all love pizza.
If you’re living in the US, you’re very likely to consume thousands of pizza slices in your lifetime. It doesn’t matter what style or variant is your favorite. Whether it’s New York-style pizza, Chicago-style pizza, or other types, it’s a well-known fact that pizza is one of the most consumed foods in the world.
However, for all the love we have for pizza, there are many interesting facts about pizza that many don’t know about. In honor of our favorite food and for the sale of knowledge, we have put together several facts about pizza that you will find interesting.
- The pizza was introduced to the US by Italian immigrants
For all the popularity and love that United States citizens have for pizza, it’s easy to assume that it originated from the US. This is, however, untrue. The pizza was introduced to the US by Neapolitan Italian immigrants looking to replicate what they had back home in Neapolitan, Italy, before migrating. In fact, in the early 1900s, Italian immigrants were the ones who are and sold pizza predominantly.
- Origin of the first pizza
The response you’re likely to get if you ask about the origin of pizza in Italy. In the real sense, pizza didn’t originate from Italy. Pizza has been in existence since ancient times. The Ancient Egyptians and Greeks were known to cook flatbread (like pizza) then add spices and olive oil as toppings. This is where it originated from. However, the “modern” pizza that we know today evolved from Naples, Italy, towards the end of the 18th century, with tomato added as a topping.
- Domino’s founder has a “pizza-ology” degree.
Tom Monaghan, who founded Domino’s in 1960, has an advanced degree in pizza-ology. This business management degree started in the 80s and was held at Domino’s college of Pizza-ology. There are only two other people in the world that hold this degree.
- The world’s most expensive pizza is worth thousands of dollars
The most expensive pizza in the world in Salerno, Italy, has a $12,000 price tag. This is different from the average pizza. This pizza is created in your home kitchen. Before the chef even gets to your home, the dough would have aged perfectly. Some ingredients that are used are Cilento, lobster from Norway, three different kinds of caviar, some grains from the pink Australian sea salt from River Murray, and buffalo mozzarella cheese.
- The pizza wasn’t known to the works until world war 2
The Italians were the ones that mostly made and consumed pizza in their local communities before world war 2. While Italy was being occupied during the war, some allied troops had to eat local foods as a way to supplement their small rations. At the time, the US soldiers had a high demand for pizza that the Italian bakers almost couldn’t keep up. Once the war was over, and these soldiers returned home, they had a souvenir with them – the love for pizza.
- 350 pizza slices are eaten per second in the US
No country rivals the love that Americans have for pizza. This food is unarguably the most popular in America. With every second, 350 pizza slices are consumed. This means that throughout the country, 21,000 slices of pizza are consumed in one minute.
- World’s largest pizza
The largest pizza in the world has a diameter of 122 feet and 8 inches. This is a world record for pizza size. This pizza called “Ottavia” was created on the 13th December 2012, in Rome, Italy. The makers were Matteo Nardi, Marco Nardi, Matteo Giannotte, Andrea Mannocchi, and Dovilio Nardi. This pizza was created to spread some health consciousness awareness related to food choices, and it was gluten-free.
- Different countries have created their pizza versions
While Italy is credited as the country where pizza started from, many other countries in different parts of the world have created their spins from this classic food. French people add fried eggs to their pizza slices, Brazilian chefs add green peas to the pizza toppings, Chinese have a popular crust that contains mini hot dogs.
- There’s a national pizza month in the US.
October is celebrated in the US as national pizza month. This event/celebration was created in October 1984 by Gerry Durnell, the publisher of a pizza magazine – Pizza Today. It might be that he made the month of October the official national month for pizza because Halloween is a busy time of the year.
- 10. Pizza theorem in mathematics
One mathematical theorem was named after pizza; it’s called the pizza theorem. This theorem states that the equality existing within two areas is seen when one of the area’s partitions in a particular way like a disk. You couldn’t have guessed that pizza would be the basics for a math concept.
Like handmade knitwear is universally loved by cold people, like a warm bed is preferred over sleeping on a sidewalk, pizza is a much-loved food by everyone. Fortunately we get to learn the history of pizza today, and many of the amazing facts about it. Some of them are mentioned in this article.