February 9 is National Pizza Day. Whether it is thin crust, Chicago-style, deep dish or anything in between, pizza is an American favorite. Here are 5 facts you probably didn't know about one of America’s favorite foods...
Lombardi’s Was The First Pizzeria In The U.S. In 1905, the first pizza shop in the country opened in New York. It was called Lombardi’s, named after the Italian immigrant who started it, Gennaro Lombardi. Today, you can still find Lombardi’s pizzeria in lower Manhattan just down the block from where the original shop was located.
Hawaiian Pizza Was Actually Created In Canada Despite the name, Hawaiian pizza wasn’t actually the creation of a Hawaiian chef. Instead, it was invented by a Canadian cook who started serving pineapple-topped pie in the 1960s. These days, Hawaiian pizza typically consists of pineapple and either bacon or ham.
Pizza Hut Concocted A Pizza-Scented Perfume Love the smell of pizza? You may have been among the target audience for Pizza Hut Canada’s limited-edition perfume that they released in 2012. According to the press release, the perfume smelled like “freshly baked, hand-tossed dough.”
The Most Expensive Pizza in The World is $12,000
If you happen to have an extra $12,000 laying around, we suggest you order the Pizza Louis XIII from chef Renato Viola. The entire process happens at your house and includes the presence of a sommelier, a sous chef and chef Viola himself. Extravagant toppings for the pizza include three types of caviar, red prawns, Mediterranean lobster and sea cicada. The pizza comes with Remy Martin Cognac and Champagne Krug Clos du Mesnil. Oh, and did we mention the pie isn’t even eight inches in diameter?
The World’s Biggest Pizza Weighed More Than 13 Tons According to the “Guinness Book of World Records,” the biggest round pizza was made on December 8, 1990, in Norwood, South Africa. This gastronomical delight was more than 122 feet in diameter and weighed a whopping 26,883 pounds. It was topped with 1,763 pounds of mushrooms and 3,960 pounds of cheese, not counting the chopped tomatoes and tomato puree.
In Ohio, There’s A Pizza ATM Although ATMs that dispense pizzas have existed in Europe for many years, the first pizza ATM in the U.S. debuted in 2016. Located at Xavier University in Ohio, the machine holds 70 medium-sized pizzas. Customers can purchase one through a touchscreen, and the machine will heat up and dispense the pizza through a slot.