Interesting facts about pizza

June 1, 2009 | In: Food facts

In 1889, a Neapolitan – Rafaele Esposito backed pizza for King Umberto I and Queen Margherita, who apparently llike it.
An Italian immigrant named Gennaro Lombardi opened the first U.S. pizzeria in 1895 in New York City.

Pizza’s popularity exploded after WWII when servicemen returning from Italy raved about the great Italian dish and began frequenting pizzerias.

Each man, woman and child in America eats an average of 46 slices (23 pounds) of pizza each year.

36 percent of all pizza orders want their pizza topping pepperoni.

US pizza makers have turned breakfast into a pizza-eating opportunity by adapting peanut butter & jelly, and, bacon & egg toppings to their pizzas

The biggest pizza ever made was baked in Norwood, South Africa in 1990. It was a massive 100 feet across.

Approximately 3 billion pizzas are sold in the U.S. each year.

In Japan, a pizza topping of squid and Mayo Jaga (mayonnaise, potato and bacon) is very popular.

Pizzerias represent 17% of all restaurants.

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