It may not be a traditional holiday, but Thursday, February 9th is officially known as National Pizza Day for 2017. Celebrate with a slice!
According to the National Association of Pizzeria Operators (Yes, that’s real. Check out www.napo.com), more than 3 BILLION pizzas are sold in the United States, every year. That works out to approximately 350 individual slices sold, every second. How many did you eat in 2016?
Pizza is a staple in the diet of many college students, but do you know the interesting origins of this deep-dish delicacy?
According to hungry historians, the first pizza – as we know it today – was served to Queen Margherita of Italy, as she toured through Naples with her husband, King Umberto I, in 1889. A local vendor served the visiting royals with a flat-bread pie decorated in the colors of the Italian flag: green, white, and red. The queen was said to be quite taken by the dish, and ever since, a pizza with white Italian cheeses, red tomatoes, and green basil leaves has been known as a “Pizza Margherita.” Check out this link from the History Channel for more.
The first American pizzeria – Lombardi’s – opened in Manhattan in 1905. Since then, the industry has grown to more than 61,000 pizza restaurants across the country… but Lombardi’s is still in business.
According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the Largest Pizza ever made was prepared on December 13th, 2012, in Rome, Italy. It spanned more than 13,580 square feet, and was completely gluten-free.
For more delicious information on all things pizza-related, check out these links and see what we have to offer in your Northeast Campus Library!
Click HERE for books on pizza… history, fiction, tips for running a pizzeria, and more.
For books of recipes and ideas on how to make your own amazing eats at home, click HERE.
Enjoy! (but not too much) and we’ll see you in the library!
In Just For Fun, NE Library, Observances, Student Services