When you hear the word ‘Pizza’, does any bell ring in your head that what’s the source of Pizza, from where it’s originated, or who brought it into the world ! No right ! Because you forget everything with just a slice of it. But lemme tell you some minute details of our very own mouth-watering food.
Generally People find Pizza an Italian food, but the history back pedals to the ancient times in Middle East where the Egyptians, Israelis, Babylonians and Greeks used to cook flat bread in mud ovens. These flat breads were topped with olive oil and local spices which came to be known as focaccia breads.
In and around 18th century, Pizza got commercialized and got it’s name where street vendors sells it by the name ‘Pizza’. It was known to be peasant’s food because it’s cheap. In 1889, Queen Margherita along with her husband Umberto I, was exploring the streets of her kingdom and saw many people especially peasants eating that large piece of bread. Out of curiosity she ordered one of her guards to bring that bread which she loved like heaven. But as it considered to be poor people’s food it causes some restrictions to Queen so she decided to take the matter in her own hand.
Queen Margherita called Chef Rafaelle Esposito and ordered to make three types of Pizzas for her. One of the Pizza which chef baked with fresh basil, Mozzarella Cheese and tomatoes to represent the colour of Italian Flag: Red, White and Green). Later it became so popular that it got her Queen’s name, Margharita Pizza. It’s still very popular in Naples and across the globe.
During World War II many American and European soldiers tasted Pizza who spread the word across their countries and people got aware of what exactly pizza is. Returning soldiers in America made pizza so popular that it became their conventional food. Since 1987, October is celebrated as National Pizza Month in USA. Gennaro Lombardi opened the first pizzeria in America in 1895 which was opened in New York.
Pizza Hut is the biggest and the most profitable pizza company in the entire world. Started by two brothers, Dan and Frank Carney in 1958 who borrowed 600$ from their mother. Since then Pizza Hut became the largest source of Pizza.Currently, Pizza Hut has over 16,000 locations worldwide. They became the first pizza company to offer online ordering back in 1994 and one of the first internet purchases was for a Pizza Hut pepperoni pizza with mushrooms and extra cheese. They paid $1 billion to Russians to deliver pizza to International Space Station in 2001 and make a commercial out of it. Even NASA is developing 3D printers so that can print pizzas for astronauts. isn’t it cool!
In the year 2012, World’s largest Pizza was made by a team of 5 Italian chefs (Dovilio Nardi, Andrea Mannocchi, Marco Nardi, Matteo Nardi and Matteo Giannotte) collaborated to make 131 feet gluten free pizza which has a total surface area of 1,261.65 m². The pizza included 19,800 lbs of flour, 10,000 lbs of tomato sauce, 8,800 lbs of mozzarella cheese, 1,488 lbs of margarine, 551 lbs of rock salt, 220 lbs of lettuce, and 55 lbs of vinegar. The dough itself took 48 hours to be prepared.
Pizza is one food which everyone just loves to eat at any hour of the time. To celebrate with all the foodies, 9th February is celebrated as National Pizza Day in United States. You will be amazed to hear that 350 slices of pizza are eaten each second in United States alone and about 21000 slices every minute. An average American consumes 46 pizza slices in a single year. Over 5 billion pizzas are sold worldwide in which over 3 billion pizzas are sold every year in the United States alone.
Pizza toppings make pizza more delicious and yummy. The various toppings includes veg toppings, non-veg toppings, cheese toppings, like Pepperoni, tomatoes, mushrooms, and onion. Pepperoni, sausage, roasted chicken, salami, green pepper, onion and mushroom, pre-cooked bacon BBQ sauce, topped with grilled chicken, cheddar cheese and many more. Different countries have their own type of toppings too namely,
Finland’s Pizza Berlusconi is topped with smoked reindeer. In Brazil, pizza toppings include hearts of palm, green peas, corn etc. In Sweden, pizza toppings include bananas and curry powder especially. Australian pizza toppings include kangaroo, emu, and even crocodile meat. In Scotland, favorite pizza toppings include sheep heart, liver, and lungs, minced with onion oatmeal, spices, stock and suet. Mayo Jinga is a Japanese pizza that features corn, mayonnaise, potatoes and pancetta. In India, the most preferred pizza toppings are tofu, pickled ginger and minced mutton.
Some strange facts about Pizza:
- In America, more pizza is consumed during Super Bowl Week than any other time of the year.
- Shocking but true! Most expensive pizzas in the world have edible gold in them.
- There is mathematical pizza theorem to calculate the pizza slicing technique.
- Saturday’s are considered to be more pizza kind of day than any other day of the week. Maybe because of the weekend!
- Lady Gaga once bought $1000 worth of pizza for fans waiting in line for her.
- In 2013, Domino’s made DVDs that smells like pizza.
- Pizza hut consumes around 14 billion pepperoni to make pizza.
- On an average, Pizza slice contains 25% protein.
- Domino’s offers more than 34 million ways to create a single pizza.
- Airport Pizza, a restaurant in Alaska delivers pizza by airplane.