Fun Facts You Didn’t Know about Pizza
One of the most loved and often ordered dish not only in America, but in the whole world, is pizza. Beyond the fact that almost every single slice is bound to have your taste buds shiver in delight, there is just something about opening a fresh box with a hot, greasy, and aromatic pie inside. Not only do kids love them, but so do people of all ages, races, and genders. There is no barrier when it comes to pizza, as nothing is expected of anyone, except to enjoy every single bite you can get.
Considering that it is a lot of people’s favorite dish, you would expect that most would want to know a lot about it. But that isn’t really accurate. Aside from what toppings go well with what crust and sauce, it seems that most don’t really know that much about pizza. This got us thinking, because if you really think about it, if you are really interested in something, you would want to know as much about it as possible.
Word of warning: reading through this might make you hungry. Hungry enough to call a local pizza joint like Calda Pizza CDO, and order some of your favorites. That’s not necessarily a bad thing though, as pizza will always be welcome on anybody’s table. But we say this just so you won’t be caught off guard. Some of these you might have heard of, but generally speaking, we’ll be showing you some things about pizza that you didn’t know before.
The humble beginnings
Around a thousand years ago, there was a popular appetizer that made it rounds in Italy, more specifically in Naples. These were circles of dough that were covered in herbs and spices, and they steadily grew more and more popular. They were known as focaccia and is thought to be the originator of the pizza we all know and love today. This was especially popular with the poorer sections of society, as it was easily made and quite nutritious.
By 1830, pizza was born, and it began with the opening of the first pizzeria in the world named Port’Alba. Believe it or not, these pizzas were baked inside an oven that was lined with lava from Mount Vesuvius, which is a volcano located at the Bay of Naples. It was a difficult time for our beloved dish, because during this time a lot of Italians viewed it as a peasant’s meal. (Sacrilege!) This was because more often than not, pizza was used to cook leftover ingredients so that they wouldn’t go to waste. However, that way of thinking all changed with the baker Raffaele Esposito.
The king and queen were visiting Naples, and Raffaele was asked to present his pizza to them. At the time, he was considered as the premier pizza-maker in the city. Raffaele, along with his wife, were admitted into the royal kitchens. He deemed the usual topping of garlic to be unfit for the royal palate, and he created three pizzas, the last of which used tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, and basil, which represented the colors of the Italian flag of red, white, and green respectively. A lot of experts even say that this was the first time that mozzarella was used in pizza.
King Umberto I and Queen Margherita, to say the least, were very impressed. The Queen was especially delighted, as this was the first time she had ever consumed pizza, and she immediately became a lover. She had her head of table service send a message to Raffaele, expressing how much she loved it. Because of this, pizza became fashionable overnight, and the pie that started it all became known in Raffaele’s restaurant, and in restaurants all over the world to come, as Pizza Margherita.
Although pizza started out in Europe, America is the biggest consumer and producer of pizza in the world today. It is so popular, that the pizza industry in the US is the biggest in the world, with an estimated valuation of over $30 billion. They are known to have three pizza days, National Cheese Pizza Day (Sept 5), National Sausage Pizza day (October 11), and National Pizza with the Works Except Anchovies Day (Nov 12). The country is home to over 61,000 pizzerias, and kids aged 3-11 prefer pizza over all other food groups for both lunch and dinner. America as a whole is also said to consume 350 slices of pizza per second, and 3 billion pies are sold each year.