National Pizza Day 2024: Absurd Pizza Facts to Slice into
National Pizza Day is February 9, but there are more pizza holidays to come. Learn about absurd facts and tips here.
Today is National Pizza Day, a time to indulge in the cheesy, delicious goodness of everyone's favorite food. But this is just one of many pizza-centric holidays throughout the year, including National Cheese Pizza Day, National Pepperoni Pizza Day, National Pizza Month, and National Sausage Pizza Day. Clearly, people love their pizza in all its forms.
Did you know that pineapple pizza may soon be accepted in Italy, thanks to Gino Sorbillo, a renowned Naples pizzaiolo? Despite the controversy, the addition of pineapple to his menu on Via dei Tribunali has caused quite a stir. Pizza has also been ranked as the food most associated with addiction-like eating behaviors, due to its irresistible combination of fat and carbohydrates, as well as its texture, color, and taste profile.
And forget about Chicago or New York - a recent opinion from the authors of "Modernist Pizza" suggests that another city on the West Coast trumps these old pizza standbys. In 2023, 50 Top Pizza, an international guide run by Italians, declared that the best pizza in Europe was actually not in Italy, causing quite a shock.
Did you know that the US Army's 113th Military Intelligence Unit used pizza deliveries as a tactic to spy on reporters and politicians in the late 1960s? And Guinness World Records has recorded an endless list of pizza-related records, including the world's largest pizza, the longest pizza delivery, and the highest altitude pizza delivery on land.
Even PETA has its favorite vegan-friendly pizzas from cities across the United States. And in a surprising turn of events, Italian anti-Mafia police arrested a suspected mobster in France, where he was working under an alias as a pizzaiolo.
For those who are feeling adventurous, it's entirely possible to make your own delicious pizza dough at home. And if you need guidance, Stanley Tucci, the host of CNN's "Searching for Italy," is here to help. So, whether you're a pizza purist or enjoy experimenting with new flavors, there's always something new and exciting happening in the world of pizza.