Pizza Trivia for National Pizza Month

Pizza is one of America's favorite foods, right up there with burgers and fries.  Although pizza may have originated in Europe and would be considered Italian Cuisine at the Lake of the Ozarks and across the US, Americans have accepted it as their own. To continue in the celebration of National Pizza Month, here are some interesting facts about pizza that you may not have known!

Margherita Pizza


Many of you may be wondering where the popular Margherita pizza got its name. The name actually came from Italy's Queen Margherita who visited the Pizzeria Brandi in Naples in 1889.  The pizza maker created a pizza for her that contained the three colors of the new Italian flag: the red of tomato, white of the mozzarella and fresh green basil.

The Largest Pizza


The largest pizza ever made and baked was 122 ft. 8 in. in diameter and weighed 26,883 pounds.  To make this pizza, 9,920 lbs of flour, 198 lbs of salt 3968 lbs of cheeese and 1,984 lbs of tomato puree were needed.  It was made in Norwood, South Africa by Norwood Hypermarket on December 8, 1990.



The First Pizzerias


North America's first pizzeria opened in New York City in 1905 by a man named Gennaro Lombardi. The first "Pizza Hut" in the now popular chain of pizza restaurants appeared in the United States during the 1930s.  Pizza Hut now has over 12,500 stores in over 90 different countries.

Pizza Package Saver


Have you ever wondered who invented the little plastic circular thing that keeps your pizza cheese from sticking to the top of the box?  It was invented by Carmela Vitale of Bix Hills, New York.  She first filed for US patent on February 10, 1983 and it was issued to her on February 12, 1985.  For more information on the pizza package saver and how it works, click here.

Pizza Topping Trivia

  • Americans eat approximately 350 slices of pizza per second or 100 acres of pizza per day
  • 36% of those pizza slices are pepperoni slices, making pepperoni the number one choice among pizza toppings in the US
  • Americans consume around 251,770, pounds of pepperonis each year
  • Each person in America eats roughly 46 slices per year
  • Over 5 billion pizzas are sold worldwide each year
  • In India, their favorite toppings include: pickled ginger, minced mutton and paneer cheese
  • In Japan, their favorite toppings include: mayo Jaga (combination of mayo, potato and bacon), eel and squid 
  • In Brazil, they love green peas on pizza
  • In Russia, they love red herring on pizza


Italian food is the most popular type of Ethnic food in America!  Li'l Rizzo's offers Italian food at two great locations at the Lake.  Our food is made with only the freshest quality ingredients and our friendly staff is committed to providing a great experience for you.  So come on in and enjoy the best pizza at the Lake of the Ozarks!

Sources:
http://www.lifeinitaly.com/food/pizza-history.asp
http://inventors.about.com/od/foodrelatedinventions/a/pizza.htm
http://pizza.com/fun-facts
http://www.eater.com/2012/5/9/6588321/the-worlds-largest-pizza-ever-weighed-26883-lbs






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