America Loves Pizza

America Loves Pizza

Jessyka Elliott, Staff Writer

Top 6 Pizza facts 

 

Pizza is one of the few foods that almost everyone knows and loves around the world. It’s cheesy, delicious, and just about everywhere. And in honor of this comfort food favorite, I put together a whole list of pizza facts that will fuel your cravings even more.

350 slices of pizza are eaten each second in the U.S.

Pizza is one of the most popular food options for Americans, with 350 slices eaten by the second. To put that in perspective, about 21,000 slices are eaten nationally in just one minute.

Over 2 million pizzas are sold from Pizza Hut during the Super Bowl

One of the biggest days for pizzerias around the country is Super Bowl Sunday. Pizza is a major staple to this sports event, with an average of 2,500,000 pizzas being sold just from Pizza Hut alone.

Currently, there are 18,431 Pizza Huts around the world

Pizza Hut was founded in 1958 and has become one of the most popular pizza chains in the world. As of Dec. 31, 2018, there are 18,431 Pizza Huts globally.

The first pizza is thought to be invented in Naples during the early 1500s

Historians from the William E. Macaulay Honors College discovered that the poorer people of Naples would put slices of tomatoes on dough and top it with cheese to make a cheap and easy meal for their families. According to the researchers, tomatoes were thought to be poisonous during these days, which is why pizza was considered a cheaper food.

The first documented pizzeria in the world was open in Port’Alba in Naples, Italy during the late 1800s

The researchers at the William E. Macaulay Honors College also noted that the first pizzeria opened in Port’Alba, Naples. The pizzeria, called Antica Pizzeria, created the Margherita pizza after Queen Margherita of Italy.

The first pizzeria in America was Lombardi’s in New York City

Lombardi’s, which was originally a grocery store, started selling pizzas in 1905. This lead to the explosion of pizzerias around New York City within the coming years, as pizza was still looked at as a foreign food until the late 1940s.

There’s a lot of pizza out there and it comes in different ways and styles I love pizza and you should to.