Everyone loves pizza -- and while Americans probably don’t need another excuse to eat American pie, we certainly won’t turn it down. That’s why we’re going to celebrate National Pizza Month like it’s 1999 -- or 1987, which is the year Congress designated October as National Pizza Month. Pizza facts, pizza recipes and pizza parties. We have it all. So for the love of pizza, let’s get on with it:
Fun Pizza Facts
- Pizza comes from the Latin root word Picea which means the blackening of crust by fire.
- The first pizzeria was Lombardi’s, opened in 1905 in NYC by an Italian immigrant.
- Pizzerias make up approximately 17% of all restaurants in America.
- 94% of Americans eat pizza at least once a month.
- Americans devour 100 acres of pizza per day, or 350 slices per second.
- Domino’s delivery drivers will log about 4 million miles on Super Bowl Sunday.
- The largest pizza ever made was 122 ft. 8 in. in diameter. The pizza needed 9,920 lb. of flour, 198 lb. of salt, 3,968 lb. of cheese and 1,984 lb. of tomato puree.
- Pepperoni is the most popular topping - we consume around 251,777,000 lb. of pepperoni every year
And last but not least, 36% of people consider pizza the perfect breakfast. Which brings us to something even better, called Breakfast Pizza. We are bound to up that percentage with this breakfast pizza recipe that is particularly great at breakfast time.
So what else makes a great pizza? Cheese, of course. Lots of cheese. Which is why we think eating four slices of Quattro Formaggi Pizza (a fancy way to say Four Cheese Pizza) is always a good decision. But the foundation is where it starts, clearly. All good pizzas are built upon a solid foundation of warm, delightful crust - not sand, or concrete. And a wonderful blogger called The Pioneer Woman has paved the way for the perfect pizza foundation with her pizza dough recipe. She’s also pioneered an easy, creative way to whip up dinner on those nights when you’re in a rush with her French Bread Pizzas. The only problem will be deciding which loaf to eat first.
Now that we’ve covered breakfast, lunch and dinner, we must come full circle to snack time and dessert. Special pizzas have been created to satisfy these mini meal times, too. Pizza pinwheels are a tasty treat any time of day. And last -- but certainly, most definitely not least -- is dessert. If you’ve ever had Godfather’s Dessert Pizza, you’ve savored a sliver of heaven, which has been blissfully recreated here.
Of course, if all the kneading, chopping and slicing is too much for you, you could visit a local pizzeria, of which there is no shortage. Or take a trip to Solstice Wood Fire Cafe, whose Country Girl Cherry Pizza was named best pizza in Washington by Food Network Magazine.
You know what they say, when the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie, that’s amore! So show your love for pizza all October long.