Pizza has played a major role
in television and in the movies, with appearances in such films as
Splendor in the Grass, The French Connection, Mystic Pizza, Do the
Right Thing, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Fast Times at Ridgemont
High, Multiplicity, Lover Boy, Nightmare on Elm Street, The Caddy
(featuring Dean Martin's song "That's Amore"), Homeward Bound II:
Lost in San Francisco, Spaceballs, Toy Story, Delivery Boys, Free
Willy III and I Love You to Death.
Over the past five years,
pizza has outpaced the growth rate of all other food service items,
averaging about 11 percent a year and making it the Number 2 item in
foodservice (after burgers).
National Pizza Month is
October. National Pizza Month in 1987.
The people of America eat
around 350 slices of pizza each second, or 100 acres per day.
Each year, pizza is a $30
In the U.S., there are about
60 000 pizza parlours.
Everyone in the United States
eats about 23 lbs., or 46 slices, every year.
Each year in the United
States, 3 billion pizzas are sold.
In America, the most popular
ethnic food is Italian.
Children ages 3-11 prefer
pizza over all other foods for lunch and dinner, according to a
recent Gallup Poll.
36 percent of all pizza orders
want their pizza topping pepperoni.
We consume around 251,770,000
pounds of pepperonis every year.
A few popular pizzas toppings
are: Mushrooms, Extra cheese, Sausage, Green Pepper, and Onion. In
the list of most popular pizza toppings in America, the last one is
anchovies. New gourmet pizza toppings have rapidly became popular.
Some of those toppings include: Chicken, Oysters, Crayfish,
Dandelions, Sprouts, Eggplant, Cajun Shrimp, Artichoke Hearts,
Venison, Duck, Canadian-Style Bacon and Tuna. Practically every kind
of pizza topping has been tried by pizza chefs, some of those
toppings being peanut butter and jelly, bacon and eggs, and mashed
Americans prefer meat toppings
to veggie toppings by a ratio of 62 to 100.
Women order twice as much
vegetable toppings than men.
Some popular pizza toppings in
Japan are squid and Mayo Jaga (mayonnaise, potato and bacon).
In India they like pickled
ginger, minced mutton and tofu.
The people of Brazil prefer
green peas for their topping.
Russians serve pizza covered
in mockba (a mix of sardines, tuna, mackeral, salmon and onions.)
The world's largest pizza
before tha latest record was 'built' on October 11, 1987 by Lorenzo
Amato and Louis Piancone.
The pizza covered 10,000 square feet and measured 140 feet across.
It weighed in at 44,457 pounds, consisting of, among other items,
18,174 pounds of flour, 1,103 pounds of water, 6,445 pounds of
sauce, 9,375 pounds of cheese and 2,387 pounds of pepperoni.
The pizza was cut into 94,248 slices and eaten by more than 30,000
spectators at the baking in Havana, Florida.
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