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How much do you know about pizza, one of America’s favorite foods? Where did it actually come from and how much of it do we eat? Here is a quiz to test your knowledge, and it’s got some fun facts that you probably didn’t know!
Where did pizza originally come from? If you said “Italy,” you’re wrong! The birth of this meal that the world loves is none other than Egypt. In the old days, they used to put herbs and sauce onto pieces of bread and bake them on heated stones. This idea migrated to Greece and eventually settled in Italy.
Is pizza a traditional Italian meal? Well, the truth here is that it’s only been a staple of the Italian diet since around the 1600s. The truth is that Europe had no tomatoes before then. Tomatoes were brought back from the “New World,” which means that Italian cooking as we know it didn’t exist before that time.
How did this delightful dish make its way to the USA? Before we get to the answer, here’s a quick hint: Hitler and Mussolini had something to do with it. American servicemen who were stationed in Italy came back raving about this amazingly tasty pie that has cheese, tomato sauce and pepperoni on it, and that’s when it all started.
How many pizza places are there in the US? We could give you a rough number, but here’s an even better way to give you an idea – Almost 1/5 of all restaurants in the US are pizzerias. This is almost 20%! Suffice it to say that it’s an over $30 billion dollar industry. Americans eat about an acre of pizzas every day.
On what day is the most pizza consumed in the United States? Let me give you a hint: it’s a day when people get together to eat, drink and engage in a primal festival that celebrates our primitive war-like instincts – the Super Bowl. The day of the Super Bowl ranks as the #1 pie-consumption day across the nation. Other popular occasions include New Year’s Eve, Halloween and the night before Thanksgiving (the day itself is saved for turkey!).
For deliveries, who are better tippers – men or women? This is something every delivery person probably knows already, but it might be news to you that women are the better tippers. Come on guys, cough up a little more next time!
What are the most and least popular toppings? You can probably guess which is the least – anchovies. Somehow, the fishiness just doesn’t mix with the cheese and tomato sauce. The most popular is pepperoni. With all the new toppings coming out all the time, this classic still take the #1 position.
What toppings are popular in Japan? I can tell this is a burning question in your mind. Here’s a partial list of some of the unique topping choices in the Land of the Rising Sun – octopus, shrimp, squid, crab, seaweed, mayonnaise, potatoes, asparagus and corn. That’s just to name a few.
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write by Kelsey