October is National Pizza Month, which naturally makes it one of the most exciting months of the year for Authentic Detroit Style Pizza Makers. This year, we’re asking the question: how much do you know about pizza? Try the Q ‘n A below to learn ten cool facts for National Pizza Month!
1. When did National Pizza Month start?
October has been designated as National Pizza Month since 1987.
2. What is the most popular pizza topping in the U.S.?
Pepperoni is the most popular topping in the U.S. More than 36 percent of pizzas ordered are topped with pepperoni. That adds up to more than 250 million pounds of pepperoni placed on pizzas every year!
3. How much pizza do Americans eat each year?
More than three billion pizzas are sold annually in the U.S., accounting for more than ten percent of all food orders. Each American eats about 46 slices, or 23 pounds, of pizza every year.
4. What nicknames does Authentic Detroit Style Pizza have and why?
Authentic Detroit Style Pizza has been called “red top” or “upside down” pizza because signature red sauce is typically ladled on after deck oven baking. It’s also called the Motor City Secret for having originated in Detroit – and it’s still baked in well-seasoned square steel pans once used as auto parts trays by Detroit’s automotive manufacturers.
5. What is the most popular day of the year to order pizza?
Super Bowl Sunday! After that, it’s Halloween, the day before Thanksgiving, New Year’s Eve, and New Year’s Day.
6. How many Americans like pizza?
Incredibly, 94 percent of all Americans enjoy pizza regularly, and at any given time 93 percent of Americans have eaten pizza within the past month.
7. Is the tomato a fruit or vegetable?
Botanically-speaking, the tomato is a fruit because it features flowering seeds inside a fleshy, edible layer. However, it is often considered a vegetable for culinary purposes because it isn’t as sweet as most fruit. Moreover, the U.S. Supreme Court officially declared the tomato to be a vegetable for tax purposes in 1893, when vegetables could be taxed but fruit could not. Whether fruit or vegetable, all we care about is that tomatoes make a delicious pizza sauce!
8. What was the largest pizza ever made?
The world’s largest pizza was baked in Norwood, South Africa, in 1990, and weighed 26,880 pounds. It was more than 122 feet in diameter and topped with nearly 4,000 pounds of cheese.
9. What is the most popular pizza size?
The most popular pizza size in the U.S. is 14 inches.
10. How did pizza get to the U.S. from Italy?
Soldiers returning from Europe after World War II had developed a taste for pizza, and craved it once they returned home. From that craving was born Authentic Detroit Style Pizza in 1946, along with many other Americanized styles we still love today.