Fun Fact Friday: Pizza

Since October is National Pizza Month, it seemed like good time to share some fun facts about pizza!

Most folks love pizza, but probably don’t know too much about its origins. According to Wikipedia, The term was first recorded in the 10th century, in a Latin manuscript from Gaeta in Central Italy. So, folks have been enjoying pizza for a long, long time, but not necessarily in the form we’re used to here in the U.S.

If you were to have a pizza in Rome, you would find that it is made with a very thin crust, and not nearly as much cheese and toppings as you might normally expect. Sicilian pizza is made with a thicker, more deep dish-type crust. There are many styles of pizza in the U.S. as well, such as Chicago style.

Here are some other fun facts about pizza:

  • The first pizzeria in the U.S. was opened in New York’s Little Italy in 1905
  • In 1990, the world’s largest pizza was made in Johannesburg, South Africa. According to the Guinness Book of Records the pizza was 122 feet 8 inches in diameter, and was made using 1,100 pounds of flour, 1,800 pounds of cheese, and 2,000 pounds of tomato puree.

Don’t forget to celebrate National Pizza Month by having a slice of pizza, the most popular flat bread in the world!!



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