Valentine’s Day might be a few days away, but, if you ask me, today is the day dedicated to true love. Today is National Pizza Day.
While the origins (of the greatest holiday since Christmas) are unknown, we do know where pizza itself originated. That’s right. Even though couriers now move it daily as part of frozen food distribution to some of your favorite restaurants and grocery stores, pizza has been around for thousands of years.
Bread has been baked and topped for nearly 7,000 years, but one of the first records of pizza is from 6th century BC, when Persians baked flatbread and topped it with cheese and dates. The first reference to the word “pizza” was in 16th century Naples. This flatbread was topped with oil, tomatoes and fish. Still, not quite the pizza we think of today when we order delivery.
That didn’t come along until the 1800s. Legend has it that in 1889, Neapolitan pizzamaker Raffaele Esposito created the “Pizza Margherita” in honor of Queen Margherita of Savoy. This flatbread was topped with tomatoes, mozzarella, and basil to represent the colors of the flag of Italy. Thus, pizza as we know it was born.
As a special delivery from our frozen food distribution team, here are some facts about one of the world’s most beloved dishes:
- The US alone consumes the equivalent of 100 acres of pizza each day.
- That comes out to 350 slices every second.
- 93% of Americans eat pizza once a month.
- 100% of my household eats pizza once a week.
- Some popular pizza toppings in Japan include squid and Mayo Jaga, which is mayonnaise, potato and bacon.
- The top 5 pizza sales day are: Super Bowl Sunday, New Year’s Eve, Halloween, Thanksgiving Eve, and New Year’s Day.
- Pizza comes from the Latin word Picea, which describes the blackening of the crust by fire.
- The most popular pizza topping is pepperoni. Sausage is a close second.
- The least favorite topping? Anchovies.
- The Hawaiian pizza was actually created in Canada by a native Greek.
- The first American pizzeria opened in 1905.
- The first North Korean pizza restaurant opened in 2009.
- One of the first recorded purchases on the internet was a pizza in 1994.
- Americans returning from WWII brought a newfound love of pizza to the United States, causing more restaurants to start putting this European dish on their menus.
- Since 2017, US troops can enjoy pizza in the form of MRE#37. MRE stands for “meal- ready to eat”, and has a shelf life of 3 years.
- The world’s biggest pizza was created in Rome in 2012. It covered a surface area of 13,580.28 square feet.
- Pizza delivery has soared to new heights. In 2001, Russian cosmonaut was the first person in space to receive a pizza delivery to the International Space Station. It cost more than a million dollars. (Wonder what the tip is on that?)
- The pizza industry is worth over $37 billion.
- Dough spinning is a professional sport.
- The first frozen pizza hit the market in 1962, and has been delivered by Dallas Courier’s frozen food distribution team since 1982.
Thanks to our frozen food distribution blog for delivering a “pizza” knowledge today!
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