For International Pizza Day on February 9th, we’ve collected the crunchiest facts around (they’ll probably make you hungry.) So, pop a frozen pizza in the oven and read on!
Pizza – crispy dough, tomato sauce, a few layered ingredients and lots of cheese. Pizza is a cult favorite, a passion, a favorite food, and the perfect hangover breakfast! Pizza tastes great cold, with or without meat, from the Italian restaurant around the corner or as a frozen version from the oven. Pizza is one of the very best things humankind has invented, alongside electricity and the internet, of course. We can all agree, pizza is life and…
Pizza is an intangible cultural heritage
Why celebrate International Pizza Day? The high Neapolitan art of making pizza (pizzaiuolo) was added to the UNESCO list of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 2017. On the list the culinary practice is described in detail. In Naples, the birthplace of pizza, there are about 3,000 pizzaiuolo who do more than just put dough in the oven. Their activity is a real performance and is passed down from generation to generation! Tourists and locals alike indulge in the pizza baking performance followed by a delicious meal.
By the way, pizza is not just a family tradition in Naples! You can also make pizza at home with your family. Design your own pizza aprons to go with it!
Pizza used to be a street food
Before pizza became world famous, it was a street food for the working class in Naples. Today, pizza comes in all shapes and sizes and is found in every city. Not only do ALL types of people eat pizza, but the holy slice is prepared by all kinds of people too. Even five-star restaurants offer pizza on their menus! Instead of pepperoni, however, you can enjoy caviar and lobster tail as toppings – and look forward to a hefty bill afterwards. Pizzas costing up to $1,000 have been featured on menus all over the world!
There is even a pizza delivery service in Alaska – by plane!
In the early 2000s, “Airport Pizza” became known as a company that delivers pizzas by airplane. Located in Nome, Alaska, they have a pizza delivery radius of up to 93 miles!
The world record for pizza box folding is held…
… by a German! In 2013, pizza maker Peter Bauer folded 13 pizza boxes in 60 seconds – at the World Pizza Box Folding Championship. Incidentally, the pizza maker himself would never order a pizza – the cardboard absorbs too much moisture for him. Instead, he prefers to eat a fresh pizza from a stone oven. Not everyone has a stone oven at home, Mr. Bauer!
Hawaiian pizza is a crime (in the game Cyberpunk 2077)
At a Q&A session in 2017, Iceland’s President Gudni Johannesson let it be known that he would like to pass a law against pineapple on pizza. The Neapolitan pizzaiuolo community is also fighting back against Hawaiian pizza. However, it’s only really banned in the role-playing game Cyberpunk 2077, where a character can be wanted for “illegal use of pineapple” as a pizza topping. The law is called the “Pizza Desecration Law.” More power to ‘em!
For others, however, pizza with fruit is very popular. Incidentally, the invention does not come from Hawaii, as the name might suggest. Hawaiian pizza was invented in Canada in 1962. Oh, Canada.