National Pizza Day

National Pizza Day Quick Facts - US

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2023 DateFebruary 9, 2023
2024 DateFebruary 9, 2024
National Pizza Day

National Pizza Day History

National Pizza Day seeks to appreciate the baked flatbread typically topped with tomato sauce and mozzarella cheese. Pizza is believed to have been invented in Naples, Italy around the 10th century. It has grown to become one of the most popular foods in America.

America’s first pizzeria Lombardi’s opened in 1905 in New York. Since then, pizza consumption in America has increased greatly and many pizza chains such as Pizza Hut, Domino’s, and Papa John’s have emerged. National Pizza Day is believed to have emerged during the early 2000s. It is observed annually on February 9th.

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National Pizza Day Facts & Quotes

  • The world's largest pizza, named Ottavia, was made on December 13, 2012 in Rome, Italy. With a surface are of 1,261.65 m², the pizza was made by Dovilio Nardi, Andrea Mannocchi, Marco Nardi, Matteo Nardi and Matteo Giannotte. To spread a message of good health, the pizza was made entirely gluten-free.
  • According to 50TopPizza, the best pizzerias in the US for 2022 were:
    1) Una Pizza Napoletana – New York, USA
    2) Tony’s Pizza Napoletana – San Francisco, USA
    3) Ribalta NYC – New York, USA
    4) Razza Pizza Artigianale – Jersey City, USA
    5) 0’ Munaciello – Miami, USA
  • According to Grubhub, In 2022, the most popular Pizza toppings in the U.S. were:
    1) Pepperoni
    2) Mushroom
    3) Sausage
  • The most popular pizza franchises of 2022 were:
    1) Domino’s - 19,500 locations
    2) Pizza Hut - 18,000 locations
    3) Little Caesars - 5,463 locations
    4) Papa John’s - 5,500 locations
    5) Papa Murphy’s -1,200 locations
  • If I could eat whatever I wanted every day, I would have Domino's pizza with pasta carbonara inside every slice. And at night, I would have Neapolitan ice cream until I felt absolutely toxic. And then I would drift off telling myself, 'It's going to be O.K... It's going to be O.K. you're going to train in the morning' - Robert Downey, Jr., Actor

National Pizza Day Top Events and Things to Do

  • Visit your favorite pizzeria. Most pizzerias will offer discounts and specials to celebrate National Pizza Day.
  • Attend a pizza festival! Here are some of our favorites to consider:
    1) Cleveland Pizza Fest
    2) Phoenix Pizza Festival
    3) Pizza Festival - Los Angeles
    4) Chicago Pizza Fest
    5) Pizza Fest Seattle: Annual Punk Festival+Pizza-Eating Contest
  • Make your own pizza at home from scratch. Make the dough, perhaps gluten-free or whole wheat, make the sauce using tomatoes and spices, grate the cheese and finally cover it up with all of your favorite toppings.
  • Try a pizza with unique toppings. Here are some of our favorites:
    1) Chicken Tikka Masala Pizza
    2) Beer Battered Fried Calamari Pizza
    3) Butternut Squash and Sage Pizza
    4) Fried Chicken Pizza
    5) Brown Butter Lobster and Spinach Pizza with Bacon and Fontina
  • Make it a pizza and a movie kind of night. Watch the Academy Award nominees for ‘Best Picture’ (2020):
    Ford v Ferrari
    Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
    The Irishman
    Little Women
    Jojo Rabbit Marriage Story

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