Pizza Month

By Brittni the Intern

One of the oldest and most loved foods is Pizza.  October has been designated as National Pizza Month to celebrate the history and love of this delicious food.  Pizza is one of the most popular foods eaten by Americans.  Whether you like pepperoni, veggies, pineapple, or even just cheese, there is a pizza out there that satisfies nearly everyone’s taste buds.

Pizza has been in existence for centuries in many different forms.  In fact, most pizzas started out as sweet treats instead of the savory dishes we commonly eat today.  Pizza started out as a “peasant’s” food.  It was commonly sold on the streets to lower class people.  It wasn’t until the 17th and 18th centuries that pizza was prepared by chefs and then it became a staple for all!

Pizza eventually made its way to America via Italian immigrants.  Vendors would walk up and down streets selling pizza to anyone who would buy.  However, pizza was mostly only eaten by Italians.  It wasn’t until the 1940’s that pizza became more popular with other nationalities.  Troops stationed in Italy during WWII became tired of the boring food they were fed and tried the common Italian cuisine.  Since then, pizza has found a home in American kitchens.

According to the website,  Pizza Marketplace, there are over 70,000 pizzerias in the United States alone; and 9,000 of those restaurants are in New York.  Many changes have occurred since the common pizza was served only to poor people of Italy.  Americans order over 3 billion pizzas each year and the average American eats 46 slices of pizza annually.

Pizza has become a staple in the American diet.  Through all the changes and travel pizza has made over the centuries, it still has a place in our hearts, and our stomachs.  What better time than National Pizza Month to satisfy the taste buds with one of the nation’s favorite treats.