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50 Interesting Pizza Facts

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Welcome to a tantalizing journey through the world of pizza, where each slice tells a story, and every topping has a tale.

In this mouth-watering article, we’re diving deep into the cheesy, saucy universe of pizza facts, serving up a feast of knowledge that’s as diverse and delightful as the dish itself.

Whether you’re a die-hard pizza fan or simply a curious foodie, you’re in for a treat. Get ready to discover surprising pizza facts that will add flavor to your appreciation of this culinary masterpiece.

1. The Origin of Pizza

Pizza-like dishes were consumed by ancient Egyptians, Romans, and Greeks, but the modern pizza originated in Naples, Italy, in the 18th century.

To delve deeper into the etymology and fascinating journey of how this beloved dish came to be known as “pizza,” explore our detailed article Why Pizza is Called Pizza.

2. Margherita Pizza

The famous Margherita pizza was named after Queen Margherita of Savoy in 1889 when a pizza was created resembling the Italian flag: red (tomato), white (mozzarella), and green (basil).

3. First Pizzeria In The World

The world’s first pizzeria, Antica Pizzeria Port’Alba, opened in Naples, Italy, in 1738.

4. Pizza in the United States

Pizza wasn’t popular in the U.S. until after World War II when returning soldiers brought back a taste for it.

5. Largest Pizza Ever Made

The record for the largest pizza ever made is held by a pizza in Rome, Italy, in 2012, measuring 1,261 square meters.

6. Most Expensive Pizza

The most expensive pizza in the world is Louis XIII in Salerno, Italy, costing $12,000 and requires a booking in advance.

7. Space Pizza

In 2001, Pizza Hut delivered a pizza to the International Space Station, making it the first pizza to be delivered in space.

8. Annual Consumption

Americans eat approximately 100 acres of pizza a day, or about 350 slices per second.

For a comprehensive analysis of pizza consumption patterns and the staggering statistics behind America’s favorite dish, read our in-depth article about pizza statistics.

9. Pepperoni’s Popularity

As the most popular pizza topping in the United States, pepperoni’s spicy and slightly smoky flavor has made it a beloved choice among American pizza consumers, with over 251.7 million pounds used annually.

To uncover the history and unique characteristics that make pepperoni a top choice for pizza lovers, check out our insightful article about old world pepperoni.

10. Frozen Pizza

The first frozen pizza was invented in 1957 by Rose and Jim Totino.

11. Pizza Museum

The United States has a Pizza Museum where you can learn about the history of pizza and see pizza-related memorabilia.

12. World Pizza Championship

There is an annual World Pizza Championship that tests pizza making skills in categories like speed, freestyle acrobatics, and culinary.

13. Pizza Vending Machines

In Europe and America, pizza vending machines can cook a pizza in just 3 minutes.

14. Saturday Pizza Night

Saturday night is the most popular night to eat pizza in the United States.

15. Largest Pizza Delivery

The largest pizza delivery was made by the U.S. Army, which ordered 13,386 pizzas for soldiers at Fort Bragg in 2012.

16. First Online Pizza Order

In 1994, Pizza Hut accepted what is believed to be the first ever online order for a pizza, demonstrating the early adaptation of digital technology in the food industry.

17. Longest Pizza Delivery

The longest pizza delivery was from Cape Town, South Africa, to Sydney, Australia.

18. Hawaiian Pizza

Hawaiian pizza, topped with ham and pineapple, was actually invented in Canada by Sam Panopoulos in 1962.

For a spirited exploration of the debates and culinary perspectives surrounding the inclusion of pineapple on pizza, take a look at our article about does pineapple belong on pizza? .

19. World Record for Pizza Making

The world record for the most pizzas made in one hour by a team is 837.

20. Pizza for Breakfast

According to some nutritionists, pizza can be a healthier breakfast than most cereals.

21. World’s Smallest Pizza

Created in Germany, this diminutive dish measures just 1.5 centimeters in diameter, showcasing the playful side of pizza making and the skill involved in creating such a tiny, edible work of art.

22. Cornicione

The term “cornicione” refers to the edge or rim of the pizza, highlighting the technical aspects and terminology used by chefs and pizza aficionados to describe different parts of the pizza.

23. White House Pizza

President Bill Clinton once had a pizza delivered to Air Force One.

24. Ancient Pizza

In ancient times, toppings were not added to the flatbreads, making them more like today’s focaccia.

25. Pizza Therapy

The smell of oregano, a common ingredient in pizza, has been found to be calming and reduce stress.

26. Pizza Margins

The profit margins on pizza can be over 900%, making it one of the most profitable foods in the restaurant industry.

27. Pizza Insurance

Domino’s offers “Carryout Insurance,” where they will replace your pizza for free if it gets ruined after leaving the store.

28. 24-Hour Pizza ATM

Xavier University in Cincinnati has a 24-hour pizza ATM for students.

29. Pizza and Productivity

A study found that workers promised pizza as a reward for completing tasks performed more efficiently.

30. Vegan Pizza

The rise of veganism has led to an increase in vegan pizza options, with toppings like cashew cheese and jackfruit.

31. Pizza Box Innovation

The pizza box was invented in the early 1960s; before that, pizzas were delivered in paper bags.

32. Guinness World Record for Pizza Collection

An individual holds a record for collecting over 595 pizza-related items.

33. Octagonal Pizza Boxes

Some pizzerias use octagonal boxes to reduce waste and improve stackability.

34. Pizza Scissors

In some parts of the world, pizzas are cut with scissors instead of a pizza wheel.

35. Gluten-Free Pizza

With the rise of gluten sensitivity, many pizzerias now offer gluten-free crust options.

36. Chocolate Pizza

Chocolate pizza is a dessert pizza that has gained popularity, featuring sweet toppings like marshmallows and Nutella.

37. Pizza Cones

Pizza cones are a portable way to enjoy pizza on the go, with the crust shaped like an ice cream cone.

38.Pizza in Movies

The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movies helped popularize pizza among children in the 1980s and 1990s.

39. Deep Dish Pizza

Originating from Chicago, deep-dish pizza features a thick crust that can hold large amounts of cheese and sauce.

40. Pizza Month

October is National Pizza Month in the United States.

41. World’s Fastest Pizza Maker

The world’s fastest pizza maker can make 14 pizzas in 2 minutes and 35 seconds.

42. Pizza and Super Bowl

Super Bowl Sunday is one of the busiest days for pizza sales in the U.S.

43. Pizza Tossing as Art

Pizza tossing is considered an art form and sport, with competitions held worldwide.

44. Pizza in Literature

Pizza is mentioned in several famous literary works, including “A Farewell to Arms” by Ernest Hemingway.

45. Pizza and Health

Despite its reputation, pizza can be healthy if made with whole-grain crust, fresh vegetables, and lean proteins.

46. Largest Collection of Pizza Boxes

An individual holds the record for the largest collection of pizza boxes, with over 1,300 unique boxes from around the world.

47. Pizza Perfume

In 2013, Pizza Hut Canada released a limited-edition pizza-scented perfume.

48. Pizza on the Roof

The iconic scene in “Breaking Bad” where a pizza is thrown onto a roof boosted orders for pizzas to be delivered “unsliced.”

49. Pizza by Drone

In 2016, Domino’s successfully completed the delivery of a pizza by drone in New Zealand.

50. Mathematical Pizza Theorem

The “Pizza Theorem” in mathematics states that if you make a certain number of straight cuts through the center of a pizza, you can divide it into equal pieces.

Explore the World of Pizza Beyond the Facts

As we close this savory exploration of pizza facts, we hope your appetite for knowledge is as satisfied as it would be from a delightful slice of your favorite pie.

But the journey doesn’t end here. If your curiosity is still simmering, we’ve got a menu of other delicious reads.

Ever wondered about the culinary classification of pizza? Dive into the debate at Is Pizza a Sandwich? for a slice of the argument.

Craving a taste of authenticity? Explore the variety and heritage behind Italian Pizza Toppings to bring a piece of Italy into your kitchen.

If you’re in the mood for something lighter, our collection of 50 Best Pizza Puns will have you laughing with every bite.

And for those looking to sprinkle a little romance on their slice of life, don’t miss our Best Pizza Pick-Up Lines.

From the depths of pizza history to the perfect cheesy line, there’s always more to discover at PizzaPreacher.com.

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Jeff is a pizza enthusiast with over 15 years of experience of working in pizzerias.