Interesting Facts about Pizza
Pizza. A word that simply sends shivers of delight down the spine of lovers around the world. Simply thinking of this delicious dish brings a smile to many faces, and for good reason. There is very little reason to not like pizza. It arrives fast, feeds many, is usually cheap, and best of all, it tastes heavenly. From the deep-dish pies in Chicago, to the stuffed crust available in our local city of Cagayan de Oro, pizza crosses borders and brings together people of all races, genders, and ages. Some might think that this is actually an exaggeration. They are wrong.
Even from a perfectly unbiased point of view, there are simply so many benefits pizza gives. It doesn’t have to be unhealthy, as there are multiple pizzas that contain a lot of nutrients and vitamins, depending on the toppings. One of the key ingredients to any pie, tomato sauce, is inherently healthy as it can help keep your heart strong and makes your skin healthier as well. Most people will agree, even those that aren’t necessarily in love with the dish, that pizza is a great choice at almost any time of the day. Just by reading this article, most will want to order a pie or two from a good joint like Calda Pizza CDO.
But what do we really know about this gastronomic gift bestowed upon us aside from the multitude of toppings, crusts, and sizes it comes with? Very little actually. A lot already know that it originally came from Italy. But do you know what country has a holiday for pizza? How much the industry is worth? Where the biggest pie was made? Well, neither did we. That is, until we did our research, and now we share what we know to you. Here are some fun facts about our favorite dish:
Pizza is a newcomer in food
A lot of people simply assume that pizza is one of the oldest food around, since it is so popular. Even our grandparents love eating pizza, and we simply designate pizza as one of the “classics.” But compared to some other popular dishes, it is actually fairly new. It made a splash around the 1800s in Italy, but before that, the term “pizza” was relatively unheard of. There were certain cultures that served flatbread topped with several ingredients, but it was only in 1889 that the first pizza topped with tomatoes, mozzarella, and basil was served. It was given to King Umberto I and Queen Margharita of Italy when they visited Naples.
America has National Pizza Day
It is an acknowledged fact that Americans are arguably the biggest pizza lovers in the world. Considering that it is an industry worth $30 billion in the US, we can see why. In fact, on the 5th day of September, people there celebrate National Cheese Pizza day. Depending on the kind of cheese and paired with the right sauce, plain cheese-topped pizza is a gem in its own right. You prefer sausage on top of your pie, you say? Well there’s a day for that too. National Sausage Pizza day is celebrated on October 11th, in: you guessed it. The good old, US of A.
Around 65% of pizza places are owned independently
Considering that pizza is one of the most popular foods to eat when going out, you would think that pizza chains would dominate the industry. However, a little-known fact is that there’s still room even for the little guy. In America, more than half of the places where you can order pizza are independent Italian restaurants. Although we are all for the big pizza places that have multiple stores where you are able to buy their wares at your convenience, there is just something about a small, intimate place that gives you that warm feeling of home.
Rome was where the biggest pizza was made
If you ever wondered where you could get the biggest pizza in the world, look no further than Rome, Italy. They made a positively gargantuan pie that had a surface area of 13,580.28 square feet. If that isn’t enough for a party, we don’t know what is. Prior to the (almost literally) groundbreaking pizza, the record was held by a hypermarket in South Africa. The Romans who created this massive pizza in 2012 named it Ottavia, after the Roman emperor Octavian Augustus. Nearly 20,000 pounds of flour went into creating this monster, as well as 10,000 pounds of Mozzarella cheese. Perhaps the most surprising fact, however, is that it was 100% gluten-free.