National Pizza Day
Today we’re celebrating one of the most loved fast foods – Pizza! Although ‘National Pizza Day’ is mainly an American celebration, we thought it would be interesting to explore the history of pizza and some interesting facts about the cheesiest fast food.
Though flatbreads with toppings were consumed by ancient Egyptians, Romans, and Greeks, the modern birthplace of the pizza is southwestern Italy’s Campania region, home to Naples.
In the early 1800’s Naples was known for its working poor. These Neapolitans required inexpensive food that could be consumed quickly. Pizza — flatbreads with toppings that can be eaten for every meal — fulfilled this need. These early pizzas featured tasty toppings such as tomatoes, cheese, oil, anchovies, and garlic.
However, pizza would remain little known in Italy beyond Naples’ borders until the 1940s. Across the sea, immigrants to the United States from Naples were replicating their flatbreads in New York and other American cities. They were coming for factory jobs, but accidentally made a culinary statement. Relatively quickly, the flavors and aromas of pizza began to intrigue non-Neapolitans and non-Italians alike.
Soon this cheesy disc went from a niche cultural meal to the star of the show all around the world.
The National Today data science team surveyed 1,000 people about their pizza eating habits and here are some of the findings:
- Pizza ranks as the second most popular fast food in America behind hamburgers.
- 30% of Americans eat pizza at least once a week.
- Only 2% of the people surveyed said they didn’t like pizza.
- 3% of Americans would rather eat pizza than have a boyfriend or girlfriend.
And since Valentine’s Day is coming up, 9% of Americans say their perfect Valentine’s Day is sharing a pizza.
There are lots of pretty interesting facts about pizzas, for example, did you know that 350 slices of pizza are eaten every second in the United States? And it will cost you a massive $12 000 to eat the most expensive pizza in the world. This is a pizza that is sold in Italy. It features some of the most lavish ingredients, as you would expect for that price tag! This includes grains of pink Australian sea-salt from the Murray River, lobster from Norway, and three different types of caviar!
Whilst we’re more likely to eat more humble ingredients on our pizzas, the options are endless with some firm favourites like the classic Margherita or Pepperoni pizza. Thin crust or deep dish, or anything inbetween, the choice is yours. There is no doubt that we love pizza!