Everybody loves pizza. Whether you’re a pizza snob and will only eat domed oven-fired Neapolitan pizza, or you’re an adventurous eater and will eat just about any topping you can find, pizza is the magic dish that can liven up any party or chill night in, notes an expert from Pizzeria Vecchia.
But this all-American favorite with a European background isn’t just a combination of bread, cheese, and sauce. The next time you’re going out for pizza in Janesville, Minnesota or ordering a box for delivery, remember that there’s so much more to pizza than meets the eye.
- Almost 36% of Americans believe pizza is the perfect breakfast meal. Why not? With the combination of carbohydrates, protein, and fat, maybe pizza could give you the nutrition you need to jumpstart your day.
- The world’s most expensive pizza was auctioned off for $4,200. The exorbitantly priced toppings include edible gold, smoked salmon, and cognac-marinated lobster. Oh, and don’t forget about the caviar marinated in bubbly champagne.
- The average American eats around 43 slices of pizza per year. That’s equivalent to around 23 pounds of pizza. Every minute, there are 350 slices of pizza gobbled up, translating to 504,000 pizza slices eaten every day. No wonder pizza’s a $35 billion industry.
- The precursor to the modern-day pizza is believed to have come from Naples, Italy in the 1700s, where poorer residents would top focaccia with olive oil and either mozzarella and tomato sauce or oregano and garlic.
- There’s an association of pizza snobs that certifies whether a pizza is true-blue Neapolitan-style or just faking it. The True Neapolitan Pizza Association has high standards. For a pizza to be certified, it must be handmade, baked in a wood-fired, domed oven, and must not be a centimeter thick at the center, among many other requirements.
Ninety-three percent of Americans love pizza, according to statistics. That’s nearly the entire population of the country, but we’re surprised it’s not actually 100%. The remaining 7% have poor opinions, though. Or perhaps, they were just lying. Whatever. Now, go get that pizza.