National Pizza Day

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2020 Date9 February 2020
2021 Date9 February 2021
National Pizza Day

National Pizza Day History

National Pizza Day is dedicated to appreciating pizza, a baked flatbread that is 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.

In 1905, America’s first pizzeria, Lombardi’s, opened 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. The origin of National Pizza Day is not well understood although accounts of National Pizza Day began to emerge around the 2000s. It is celebrated 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.
  • In the 5-year period ending in March 2018, the pizza restaurant industry grew by 2.5%, reaching a revenue of $47 billion in 2018. The industry also saw a 1.7% growth in the number of businesses and a 2.5% growth in the number of employees.
  • In 2010, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) reported that 40% of the total daily calories consumed by 2-18 year olds were empty calories (calories from foods without nutrients). Six foods were the source of half of these empty calories: pizza, dairy desserts, grain desserts, soda, fruit drinks, and whole milk.
  • According to gross sales earned by pizza chains, the top 5 American pizzerias are:
    1) Pizza Hut, gross sales of $13.4 Billion
    2) Domino’s, gross sales of $8.9 Billion
    3) Little Caesars, gross sales of $3.4 Billion
    4) Papa John’s, gross sales of $3.3 Billion
    5) Papa Murphy's, gross sales of $7.85 Million
  • 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’ (2016):
    The Big Short
    Bridge of Spies
    Brooklyn
    Mad Max: Fury Road
    The Martian
    The Revenant
    Room
    Spotlight

National Pizza Day References and Related Sites

Guiness World Records: Largest Pizza
US Dept of Agriculture: Pizza Consumption
Huffington Post: Pizza Toppings
Pizza Today: Top 100 Pizza Companies
Helstosky, Carol (2008). Pizza: A Global History. London: Reaktion. pp. 21–22. ISBN 1-86189-391-4.
NIH: Where Kids Get Their Empty Calories

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