October is U.S National Pizza Month and people in the United States consume the equivalent of approximately about 23 lbs., or 46 slices, of pizza every year! National Pizza Month began in the year 1987. Americans started loving pizza in the late 19th century, when it was first sold in Italian neighborhoods in the cities of New York, Chicago and Philadelphia. Peddlers in cool paper chef hats used to walk up and down the streets with a metal washtub full of pizzas on their head, and selling it at 2 cents per piece. Pretty soon small cafes and grocery stores started offering the dish to their Italian-American customers. Each year, pizza is a $30 billion industry in the U.S. The most popular days for ordering pizza are Super Bowl Sunday, Halloween, the day before Thanksgiving, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. These days, selling pizza is a $30 billion-a-year industry in the U.S., having 70,000 pizza restaurants across the country.
Pizza Fun Facts
94 percent of Americans eat pizza regularly
Pepperoni is America’s favorite topping (36 percent of all pizza orders). Other popular pizza toppings are mushrooms, extra cheese, sausage, green pepper and onion.
On Super Bowl Sunday, pizza drivers can expect $2 tips to sometimes soar as high as $20.
There are approximately 61,269 pizzerias in the United States.
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