Today is National Pizza Day! Pizza is one of those amazing dishes that you can totally make to suit your taste. Love pepperoni, but hate veggies? Well, have a pepperoni pizza! Love veggies, but don’t like onion? Leave it off! Love anchovies and nobody else does? Make your own pizza!
Let’s celebrate the day with some awesomely delicious ways to make pizza!
Originally an Italian dish, pizza first made it’s appearance in the United States after the end of World War II, when American soldiers returned home and brought with them stories of this amazing food.
It has since become one of America’s favorite foods, with US consumers buying approximately 3 billion pizzas each year!
Barbecue Chicken Pizza by A Hint of Honey
Did you know? The most popular days of the year for Americans to buy pizza are Super Bowl Sunday, New Year’s Eve, Halloween, The night before Thanksgiving, and New Year’s Day.
Open Faced Enchilada Veggie Quesadillas by Two Peas and Their Pod
About 36 percent of all pizzas contain pepperoni, making it the most popular topping in the United States.
Grilled Corn and Chipotle Pesto Pizza with Queso Fresco by Half Baked Harvest
Frozen pizzas were introduced to Americans by the Celentano Brothers in 1957. And because we are such huge fans of convenience, within a few short years, pizza became the most popular frozen food sold in the United States.
Buffalo Chicken Pizza Sticks by Inspired Taste
Thin crust or thick?
Despite the invention of the popular Chicago deep dish pizza and other similar thicker crusts, thin crust pizza is the most popular crust. More than 61 percent of all pizza orders are for the thin crust variety.
Pillsbury Grands Mini Pizzas by Suzys Sitcom
Making a pizza is a cause for lots of topping experiments! Gourmet toppings are gaining ground in some areas, such as chicken, oysters, crayfish, eggplant, shrimp, artichoke hearts and tuna. How about ham and pineapple? More recent trends include game meats such as venison and duck.
Taco Pizza by Real Mom Kitchen
Around the world, toppings vary greatly, reflecting regional tastes and preferences. Favorites in Japan include eel and squid. In Russia, they love red herring on their pizza. Australians love shrimp and pineapple. In Costa Rica, they put coconut on their pizza.
Herbed Cheese Pizza by Culinary Covers
Did you know? There are over 61,000 pizza restaurants in the United States, and there are over 9,000 pizzerias in New York alone.
Focaccia with Caramelized Onion, Tomato and Rosemary by Cookin’ Canuck
The highest-grossing independent pizzeria in the nation is Moose’s Tooth Pub and Pizzeria in Anchorage , Alaska. Its annual sales are approximately $6 million.
Pizza Pinwheels by Normal Cooking
Million Dollar Pizza
What has been called “the world’s most extravagant pizza” is available at New York’s Nino’s Bellissima restaurant. This fancy pizza is topped with six varieties of caviar, chives, fresh lobster and creme fraiche, and retails at $1,000.00 (or $125.00 a slice).
Fruity Brownie Dessert Pizza by Seeded at the Table
See something you gotta try? I know I did! Enjoy some pizza today and celebrate the day!
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