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Pizza is not just a delicious food but also a cultural icon enjoyed worldwide.  Where did it originate and how did it get to what it is today?

  1. Ancient Roots: Pizza has ancient origins, dating back to around 997 AD in Gaeta, Italy. However, it became popular in Naples in the late 18th century.
  2. Margherita Pizza: The Margherita pizza, with tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, and basil, was created in 1889 and named after Queen Margherita of Italy. It represented the colors of the Italian flag.
  3. Pepperoni Popularity: Pepperoni is the most popular pizza topping in the United States. Approximately 36% of all pizzas ordered feature pepperoni.
  4. Pizza Delivery: The first pizzeria in the United States, Lombardi’s, opened in New York City in 1905. The first pizza delivery, by a restaurant called Patsy’s, was made in 1912.
  5. Pizza Varieties: There are countless pizza varieties around the world, from Neapolitan and New York-style to Chicago deep-dish and Sicilian. Each has its unique characteristics.
  6. Hawaiian Pizza Origin: Contrary to what you might think, Hawaiian pizza (with ham and pineapple) was not created in Hawaii. It was invented in Canada by Sam Panopoulos in 1962.
  7. Pizza in Space: In 2001, Russian space travelers brought pizza to the International Space Station. It was the first time pizza was delivered to space.
  8. World Pizza Day: February 9th is celebrated as “National Pizza Day” in the United States, but there’s also “World Pizza Day” on December 9th.
  9. Pizza Box Design: The traditional corrugated cardboard pizza box was patented in 1968 by Tom Monaghan, the founder of Domino’s Pizza.
  10. Pizza Consumption: It’s estimated that Americans consume approximately 350 slices of pizza per second, or 21,000 slices per minute.

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