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National Pizza Day

Feb 9, 2018

History

National Pizza Day according to wincalendar.com is dedicated to appreciating pizza, a baked flatbread that is topped with tomato sauce and cheese. Many toppings and sauces can be added to pizzas, including vegetables, meats and seafood. Pizza was invented in Naples, Italy around the 10th century, and has since grown to become one of the most popular foods in America.

In 1905, America’s first pizzeria, Lombardi’s, opened in New York. Since then, pizza consumption in America has increased greatly and many pizza chains, such as Pizza Hut, Domino’s and Papa John’s have emerged. The origin of National Pizza Day is not well understood although accounts of National Pizza Day began to emerge around the 2000s. It is celebrated annually on February 9th.

Facts & Quotes

The world's largest pizza, named Ottavia, was made on December 13, 2012 in Rome, Italy. With a surface are of 1,261.65 mē, the pizza was made by Dovilio Nardi, Andrea Mannocchi, Marco Nardi, Matteo Nardi and Matteo Giannotte. To spread a message of good health, the pizza was made entirely gluten-free.

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s 2014 Food Survey report on the Consumption of Pizza, 13% of Americans consume pizza on any given day!

According to a study done in 2013 by food delivery provider Foodler, 37% of North American consumers order plain cheese pizza, 52% order meat toppings and the three most ordered pizza toppings are: pepperoni, mushrooms and onions.

According to gross sales earned by pizza chains, the top 5 American pizzerias are:

1) Pizza Hut, gross sales of $13.4 Billion
2) Domino’s, gross sales of $8.9 Billion
3) Little Caesars, gross sales of $3.4 Billion
4) Papa John’s, gross sales of $3.3 Billion
5) Papa Murphy's, gross sales of $7.85 Million

If I could eat whatever I wanted every day, I would have Domino's pizza with pasta carbonara inside every slice. And at night, I would have Neapolitan ice cream until I felt absolutely toxic. And then I would drift off telling myself, 'It's going to be O.K... It's going to be O.K. you're going to train in the morning'. - Robert Downey, Jr., Actor
National Pizza Day Top Events and Things to Do

Visit your favorite pizzeria. Most pizzerias will offer discounts and specials to celebrate National Pizza Day.
Attend a pizza festival! Here are some of our favorites to consider:

1) Cleveland Pizza Fest
2) Phoenix Pizza Festival
3) Pizza Festival - Los Angeles
4) Chicago Pizza Fest
5) Pizza Fest Seattle: Annual Punk Festival+Pizza-Eating Contest

Make your own pizza at home from scratch. Make the dough, perhaps gluten-free or whole wheat, make the sauce using tomatoes and spices, grate the cheese and finally cover it up with all of your favorite toppings.
Try a pizza with unique toppings. Here are some of our favorites:

1) Chicken Tikka Masala Pizza
2) Beer Battered Fried Calamari Pizza
3) Butternut Squash and Sage Pizza
4) Fried Chicken Pizza
5) Brown Butter Lobster and Spinach Pizza with Bacon and Fontina

Don't have time to make a yeast pizza dough? This recipe for quick English muffin pizzas from allrecipes.com is an easy and fast alternative that even the kids will enjoy making!

Fast English Muffin Pizzas

Prep time: 10 min Cook time: 10 min Ready In: 20 min

Fast and VERY kid friendly.. they can make them and all you have to do is bake them! Pizza sauce, cheese and their choice of topping makes this a great snack or anytime meal!

Ingredients

4 English muffins, split
1/2 cup canned pizza sauce
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
16 slices pepperoni sausage (optional)

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C)
2. Place English muffin halves cut side up onto baking sheet.
3. Spoon some of the pizza sauce over each one
4. Top with mozzarella cheese
5. Add pepperoni or other toppings to taste (mushrooms, blanched veggies, pineapple, etc. Pick a favorite or experiment, they're small enough)
6. Bake for 10 minutes in the preheated oven or until cheese is melted and slightly browned around the edges.


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