On Wednesday, February 9, pizzerias across the country will be celebrating the 22nd annual National Pizza Day.
According to nationaldayarchives.com, pizza was invented in Naples, Italy during the 10th century. Lombardi’s was the first American pizzeria, opening in New York between 1895 and 1905. Pizza is one of the most popular foods in America, with roughly three billion pizzas being sold per year.
Many interesting pizza facts can be found on roccosgrandblanc.com, including:
• Americans eat 100 acres of pizza each day, about 350 slices per second.
• 93% of Americans eat at least one pizza per month.
• Saturday night is the biggest night of the week for eating pizza.
• Since 1987, October has been celebrated as National Pizza Month.
• There are approximately 61,269 pizzerias in the United States.
• More pizza is consumed during Super Bowl week than any other week of the year.
Anyone can celebrate the day, either alone or with family and friends. Celebrating could vary from ordering your favorite pie to purchasing the ingredients from the grocery store and create your own. Businessinsider.com stated that pepperoni is the number one pizza topping in the world, as an incredible 36% of people order pepperoni on pizzas. A survey on Foxbusiness.com named the three most disliked toppings (in order from least-disliked to most-disliked) as jalapeños, pineapple and anchovies.
Participating restaurants will sometimes offer discounts on this delicious day, so be sure to call your local pizzerias to inquire about offers.
Digitalhygge.com lists some other holidays relating to the delicious round pie combination of bread, cheese and sauce, including:
April 5 – National Deep Dish Pizza Day
May 21 – National Pizza Party Day (third Friday in May)
June 11 – Pizza Margherita Day
September 5 – National Cheese Pizza Day
September 20 – National Pepperoni Pizza Day
October 9 – National Beer and Pizza Day
October 11 – National Sausage Pizza Day
November 1 – National Calzone Day