Although the Italians, Greeks, and Egyptians are said to have been eating pizza for centuries, the modern pizza is an Italian invention. In 1889, Baker Raffaele Esposito, who had a restaurant called ‘œPizzeria di Pietro’ baked the first modern pizza and even served it to King Umberto I and Queen Margherita. It wasn’t until 1905 that the first pizzeria opened in the United States on Spring Street in New York City. Here are 10 more interesting facts about pizza.
Fact 1: 94% of Americans eat pizza on a regular basis, about 46 slices a year per person.
Fact 2: 36% of pizzas has pepperoni as a topping.
Fact 3: They really like pizza in Alaska. The highest grossing independent pizzeria is in Anchorage at $6 million annually.
Fact 4: In Japan, squid is a popular pizza topping.
Fact 5: Some days you just don’t feel like cooking. The top 5 days to order pizza are; Super bowl Sunday, New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day, Halloween, and the night before Thanksgiving.
Fact 6: October is US National Pizza Month.
Fact 7: The word ‘œpizza’ comes from the Latin word ‘œpicea’ which means ‘œblackening of crust by fire’.
Fact 8: The world record for eating the most pizza at one time belongs to Romanian Cristian Dumitru, who ate 200lbs of pizza.
Fact 9: On December 8, 1990, the largest pizza every made was in Johannesburg, South Africa at the Norwood Pick n’ Play Hypermarket. It took 1,102 lbs of flour, 1,763 lbs of cheese and 1,984 lbs of tomato puree to make.
Fact 10: The most expensive pizza in the United States, called the ‘œLuxury Pizza’, can be found in New York at Nino’s Bellissima Restaurant. For $1,000 or $125 a slice, you can get this pizza topped with caviar, chives, fresh lobster, and crÃ¨me fraiche.