18 Interesting Facts About Pizza

October is the National Pizza month in the United States. This humble food has taken the whole world by storm. One of the most loved fast foods- pizza is a big hit among the children in the age group of 4-12. This simple Italian dish which is made of bread and toppings is making its presence felt even in the eastern markets. Let us look at some interesting facts about pizza. They are simple, fun and delicious.

Interesting Facts About Pizza


    • Pizza was born in Naples, Italy in the 16th century.
    • Another fun fact about pizza is that Queen Margherita of Italy was fond of pizza, therefore, pizza was also known as Pizza Margherita.
    • Previously pizzas used to contain only the dough and the tomato sauce without the cheese.
    • World’s first pizzeria was Antica Pizzeria in Naples (Italy). It was opened in 1738.
    • The cheese became an integral part of pizza only in 1889.
    • The first cheese pizza was made by the famous chef Raffaele Esposito for Queen Margherita. He used basil, tomato and cheese to make this unique dish, representing the Italian flag.
    • New York City was home to the first American pizzeria which was opened in 1895 by Gennaro Lombardi.
    • They have become so famous that 17% of the US restaurants are pizzerias.
    • An estimated 3 billion pizzas are made and sold every year in the USA.
    • This fact makes the pizza industry a whopping 30 billion dollar industry in the USA.


  • 93% of the Americans eat this dish at least once in a month.
  • Around 350 slices of pizza are eaten every second in the US.
  • The most number of pizzas are ordered and consumed during the Super Bowl Sunday, New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving Eve and the Halloween.
  • October was officially declred the National Pizza moth in the USA in 1987.
  • Around 36% of the pizzas have pepperoni topping. This makes pepperoni the favorite topping.
  • Women are more (twice) likely to go for vegetarian topping than men.
  • The three dots of the Domino’s logo are symbolic of the first three Domino’s stores.
  • The largest pizza was made in South Africa. It was 122ft 8in big and weighed 26,883 pounds.

After reading these interesting facts about pizza, I am sure you must be hungry for pizza. Go ahead, order one!!!

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