Everything You Need To Know About Pizza

Pizza is one of the most popular foods with 93% of Americans having at least a slice per month, and 350 slices eaten every second. There are many different types and brands of pizza, but when did it all start? Take a trip through the history of pizza and find out everything you ever wanted, and didn’t want, to know about pizza.

The Beginning

The first record of pizza was written during the 6th Century B.C. when Darius the Great mentions his soldiers making an early version of this popular meal. During their conquests, soldiers would bake flat bread on their shield and put cheese and dates on it.

The pizza grew in popularity through Greece and Italy at first, and then spread through Europe. Naples grew to become the epicenter of the pizza world and by 1889 the great pizza chef, Raffaele Esposito created the pizza that would stay the standard for all the creations coming after.

In the early 1900s the first Italian pizza entered the United States in Chicago and New York. The two cities have their own unique twist on the dish and have been battling out who has the best version ever since. As pizza grew in popularity, it spread to many major cities and then eventually to almost every home in America.

Fun Facts About Pizza

The World’s Biggest Pizza weighed in at 51,000 pounds and was made by five Italian Chefs. It was 131 feet in diameter and required 10,000 pounds of tomato sauce, 8,800 pound of mozzarella cheese, and 19,800 pounds of flour.

Los Angeles is home to the largest commercially available pizza, according to Guinness which is 54 x 54 inches, and serves up 200 pieces of this pie. Big Mama’s & Papa’s Pizzeria serves up this pie for $199.99 with an additional $14.99 charge for each additional topping.

The most expensive pizza on record was sold at a charity auction for £2,150, or $3,497.10. It had exotic toppings like Scottish smoked salmon, sunblush-tomato sauce, cognac marinated lobster, caviar soaked in champagne, and even edible gold. The most expensive pizza that is available for the public to order is $1,000 and in New York City. It is 12-inches of pizza with caviar, lobster, chives, and cremefraiche.

Other fun facts about pizza are that October is National Pizza Month in the United States and this industry is worth over $30 billion. The week of the Super Bowl is the most popular time to order this meal too.

While every country may have their own form of this delicious creation, the popularity is the same. The next time you sit down to eat a slice of pizza, you will have a greater appreciation for this simple dish that has seen many changes, and revolutionized the world of eating.

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