Pizza Fun Facts

Growing up in an Italian family, food was always a big part of our gatherings.  I learned very early on that food is what makes people/family come together and what really makes them feel good.  We all have childhood memories of a certain meal or recipe that will always remind us of those early days of our life enjoying comforting food.  My families favorite has ALWAYS been pizza.

Pizza Fun Facts

1. Since 1987, October has been officially designated National Pizza Month in the United States.

2. Approximately three billion pizzas are sold in the United States every year, plus an additional one billion frozen pizzas (yuck).

3. Pizza is a $30 billion industry in the United States.

4. Pizzerias represent 17 percent of all U.S. restaurants.

5.  Some popular pizza toppings in Japan are squid and Mayo Jaga (mayonaise, potato and bacon).

6. Women are twice as likely as men to order vegetarian toppings on their pizza.

7. About 36 percent of all pizzas contain pepperoni, making it the most popular topping in the United States.

8. The first known pizzeria, Antica Pizzeria, opened in Naples, Italy, in 1738.

9. More pizza is consumed during the week of the Super Bowl than any other time of the year.

10. On average, each person in the United States eats around 23 pounds of pizza every year.

11. The first pizzeria in the United States was opened by Gennaro Lombardi in 1895 in New York City.

12.  Kids ages 3 to 11 prefer pizza over all other food groups for lunch and dinner.

13.  Pizza comes from the latin root word Picea which means the blackening of crust by fire.
14.  93 percent of Americans have eaten pizza in the last month.
15.  Americans eat approximately 100 acres of pizza a day or about 350 slices per second.
16.  Each person in America eats about 46 pizza slices a year.
17.  Saturday night is the most popular night to eat pizza.
18.  There is an “International Pizza Expo”  held every year in Las Vegas, Nevada (and yes, I have been there).
19.  Eating pizza once a week can reduce the risk of esophageal cancer.
20.  Over 35% of Americans consider pizza the perfect breakfast
21.  The locals at the famous Wooster Street district of New Haven, CT pronounce “Pizza” as “ah-BEETS”

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  1. Kristin Watkins says:

    Looks good to me!

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