Pizza Day, your time to get your pizza eating game on! Yes, you heard correctly! A whole day – 24 happy hours – to celebrate that yummy carb that almost no one can do without! From the humble beginning to today’s gourmet offerings pizza has captured the heart and stomachs of people around the globe. Do you like the traditional cheese and pepperoni? Are you more adventurous and need to show that in your pizza toppings? Now is time to show the world!
History of Pizza Day
You can say that Pizza Day started in the 10th century in Naples, Italy. This is when records first show the presence of pizza. It started out as a simple flatbread spread with sauce and sprinkled with cheese. I bet the women who most likely made this as a creative snack for their families had no idea the sensation that they had whipped up. Drive around any American city and I am sure you will be able to find a pizza place on almost every corner. From the chains that boast a perfect pizza exactly like every other one made from any of their stores to the quaint mom and pop restaurants that share their family traditions with us year after year. Which do you prefer? Personally, I like them both. Sometimes those commercials and funny jingles just get into my mind and make me drive over for a slice!
Pizza made its mark on America in 1905. In New York City, a pizzeria called Lombardi’s created the spark that would light hearts across the country from then until now – and with no conceivable end in sight! Amazingly, they are still in business! If you want to taste that first real pizza to hit American shores, head over to Little Italy in Manhattan and check them out.
How to Celebrate Pizza Day
Do I really need to tell you how to celebrate this awesome day? Ok, ok, I will offer a few suggestions just to get you started! How creative are you? Are you up to making your own pizza from scratch? I bet it’s easier than you think! Come on, let’s head into the kitchen and take a look around.
Pull out your favorite cookbook or hit up a search engine and search for pizza recipes. Wow! Look at all those options. Pick one that speaks to you and get going. Make trying a new from scratch pizza a tradition for Pizza Day! Not a fan of the kitchen? That’s ok! Every city and town has many choices as well when it comes to this fabulous dish. Head out and try a new pizzeria – or two! Make it a great family adventure. Let the kids help map out where to go. Maybe pick toppings out at random and try something you’ve never had before. You never know, it may become your new favorite.
Does your family already take part in this holiday? If not, make sure you start now. Share your ideas and favorite recipes with us!