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 References and Related SitesGuiness 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