21 Amazing Facts you did not know about Pizza

21 Amazing Facts you did not know about Pizza

 Pizza is a food that is loved by almost everyone. It has made quite a mark on the culinary map. While pizza has its roots in Italy, its popularity has spread far beyond that country’s borders. Pizza is a food that is popular among many people and is favored by millions of individuals worldwide! Have you ever wondered how this delicacy came to be?

Here are some interesting facts that you may not have known about the history of pizza


1. The origin of pizza 

The first thing that comes to mind when you think about pizza is that it is an Italian dish. However, the truth is, that it was a lot more popular in the Middle East and North Africa. 

2. The first recorded pizza recipe 

The first recorded pizza recipe dates back to the 13th century, in a cookbook called Kitab al-Tabikh. The pizza was made of a flatbread base and baked with cheese, spices, pine nuts, and honey. It was also topped with sugar, making it a dessert.

3. Pizza has originated in the early 1500s in Naples

In the 9th century, pizza was used to describe a flat, round bread that was baked in the oven. It was made with a yeast-based dough, which makes it different from modern pizza because the dough did not rise. In the 18th century, the word pizza became associated with the meal we know today.

4. The first pizzeria in America was Lombardi’s Pizza

The first pizzeria in America was Lombardi’s Pizza, which opened in 1905. The first Margherita pizza was made in 1889 by Raffaele Esposito, a Neapolitan cook, at his restaurant in Naples in celebration of the visit to his city of the Italian Queen Margherita.

5. World’s largest consumer of pizza

Americans spend approximately $30 billion on pizza every year, which translates to about $100 per person. The average American eats about 34 pounds of pizza each year. 

6. The world’s most costly pizza costs $12,000.

With a price tag of $12,000, Luis XIII in Salerno, Italy boasts the world’s most expensive pizza! Three types of caviar, Norwegian lobster, Cilento, buffalo mozzarella cheese, and Murray River pink sea salt are the components.

7. World’s Biggest Pizza

In August 2001, the world’s largest pizza was made. It measured 126 ft. across and weighed about 53,465 lbs. The pizza was made in Milan, Italy. It took 4 hours to bake and was made from 1,000 kg of flour, 2,000 kg of mozzarella cheese, 1,000 kg of tomato sauce, and 1,000 kg of toppings.

8. The average American eats 46 slices

The average American eats 46 slices of pizza a year, which is about one slice a week. The Italians are the biggest pizza eaters in the world, downing an average of 70 slices every year. The most popular topping is pepperoni, but people in the United States like to go for sausage, mushrooms, and green & black olives.

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9. Invention of pizza

The story of the invention of pizza began in the 1800s when the first pizza-like food appeared in the central part of Italy. It was a pastry called “pizza”. It was made of bread, herbs, and tomatoes. Traditionally, it was cooked in the oven, and it was baked in a square or rectangular shape.

10. Pizzas in Italy were originally square-shaped

Pizza is a popular dish among Italians (particularly Neapolitans). Pizza has evolved over the years, and there are many different food variations. But the original Neapolitan pizza wasn’t round, it was actually square

11. Term “Pizza” Originated from

Pizza is a very popular food in most parts of the world. It is commonly thought that the word “pizza” originated from the word “pita”, which meant “hand-pie” in Greek. 

12. There is an annual pizza expo in Las Vegas

You are probably familiar with the International Pizza Expo in Las Vegas, the biggest pizza event in the world. It attracts pizza lovers from around the globe. The expo is the world’s first and largest trade show dedicated to the pizza industry. 

13. 20 million pizzas are sold in the U.S. each day

Pizza is one of the most popular foods in America. Approximately around 20 million pizzas are sold in the U.S. each day. In fact, Americans eat more pizza than any other kind of food. However, with so many pizza places around the country, it’s hard to know what is the best pizza in America. 

14. 14 pizzas in 2 minutes 

The pizza maker can make 14 pizzas in 2 minutes and 35 seconds. It can make a total of 800 pizzas in 6 hours and only uses a single kilowatt of power.

15. 36% of people consider pizza perfect breakfast

If you thought pizza was just a lunch and dinner food, you’ll be surprised to learn that 36% of people consider pizza the perfect breakfast food. That’s right. A lot of people think pizza is the perfect breakfast food. 

16. Calories in slice of cheese pizza

A slice of cheese pizza has between 220 and 370 calories. Dietitians use the term “calorie” to refer to a kilocalorie when calculating the calorific, heating, or metabolising value of foods.

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17.  44% of pizza consumed by Children

A study found that for children, 44% of pizza consumption occurred at lunch, 32% of consumption occurred at dinner, and 24% of consumption occurred at breakfast.

18. The United States Eat More Than 350 slices every second

The pizza industry is a $32 billion dollar a year industry. Pizza is the most popular food in the United States with more than 350 slices eaten each second. Pizza is the most popular food in the world. 

19. Americans consume about 25% 

Americans eat more pizza than any other nationality and are responsible for 25% of the world’s pizza consumption.

20. The first frozen pizza

The first ever frozen pizza was invented by the Italians in the 1920s. It was a frozen pizza with tomatoes, cheese and basil. The first frozen pizza was sold in the US in the 1950s.

21. Pizza accounts more that 10% of all food service sale

The world’s most popular food, pizza, is a $35 billion industry in the United States alone, accounting for more than 10 percent of all food service sales. 


Pizza is a popular food item that is consumed by billions of people across the globe. People love pizza because it is delicious, convenient and quite affordable. Pizza is also very popular because it is considered to be an excellent party food and is therefore consumed during social gatherings. The demand for pizza has led to the development of numerous recipes and varieties. 


  • Who was the first to make pizza?

It all began in Italy. The ones with tomato sauce, cheese, and a variety of toppings were invented by Raffaele Esposito, a baker from Naples who is commonly credited with creating the first such pizza pie. However, historians point out that street sellers in Naples had been selling flatbreads with toppings for many years prior to that.

  • What gives pizza its name?

Pizza comes from the dialectal pinza from the Latin pinsere, which means to pound or stamp, according to the “Vocabolario Etimologico della Lingua Italiana.” According to some etymologists, it is related to the Lombardic term bizzo or pizzo, which means mouthful and is associated with the English word bite.

  • In a day, how many pizzas are made?

This equates to approximately 1.26 million each hour and 30 million per day.

  • Which is the healthiest type of pizza?

Thin-crust pizza is technically healthier than thick-crust pizza! A pizza crust that is thinner provides fewer calories and carbs. Thin crust pizza is also lower in salt, sodium, and saturated fat.

  • What is the weirdest thing about pizza?

Here is the list of weird things added to pizza:

  • Peanuts, bananas, chicken, pineapple, and curry powder
  • Smoked reindeer
  • Burgers, fries, and chicken nuggets
  • Squid Ink
  • Pickles, grapes, port wine & Gorgonzola
  • Horsemeat






Snehal Joshi

Snehal is a Certified Nutrition Coach by National Academy of Sports Medicine. She is writing about her persuits of Nutrition Science since last 4 years.

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