With fluffy or thin dough, chili, salami pepperoni and with cheese that melts in your mouth! How do you prefer your favorite pizza? One of our favorite dishes has a long history. Today in our column we share some mouth-watering facts about pizza.
94% of Americans eat pizza regularly.
Since 1987, October has been adopted as Pizza Month in the US.
Over 5 billion are sold worldwide every year.
Women are twice as likely as men to order vegetables as a topping on their pizza.
The fastest pizza machine in the world can make 14 pizzas in 2 minutes and 35 seconds.
Pizzerias account for 17% of all restaurants in the US.
The first pizza museum opened its doors in Philadelphia in 2012. It houses the largest collection of pizza-related memorabilia and items. This collection is also featured in the Guinness book.
The first known pizzeria Antica Pizzeria was opened in Naples in 1738.
Did you know that the word “pizza” is over a thousand years old? It was first mentioned in a Latin text written in southern Italy.
In 1835, Alexandre Dumas traveled to Naples, where he noted that the Neapolitan poor ate nothing but watermelon in the summer and pizza in the winter.
The first American cities where pizza began to be sold were New York, Boston, New Haven, Connecticut.
The first frozen pizza appeared on the market in 1962.
According to legend pizza "Margarita" is named after Margarita of Savoy.
The predecessors of modern pizzas were simple flat breads called focaccia, which were enriched with a variety of spices and sauces.
It is believed that early pizzas were often sweet rather than s alty.