Pizza is a solid staple for many countries. Regarded as a savoury treat, the pre-night out snack, the Friday night tea for the children, pizza is a beloved food across the globe. But do we know much about this delicious food? No? Well, let’s have a look at the facts!
Pizza Didn’t Originate from Italy
Contrary to popular belief, the idea of pizza did not originate from Italy as it is assumed. The broadest definition of pizza itself is a yeasted flatbread or round dough base that has ingredients baked on top of it. Fascinatingly, there is archaeological evidence to suggest that bread ovens existed over 14,000 years ago. The idea for flatbread and ‘toppings’ as a food concept initially came from the Greeks and was later redefined in Italy. Naples was founded as a Greek port city, with tomato being added in the late 18th century. This may explain a link between the Greek flatbread meal “Plankuntos” and what we now call Pizza.
A Pizza was Delivered in Space
Pizza hut and space might not be two words you automatically fit together, but this is a time where it can!
Pizza hut became the first restaurant chain in history to deliver pizza to the international space station, according to the BBC in 2001. The pizza was delivered on a resupply rocket and cost over one million dollars to execute.
Your senses are, in fact, dulled in space because of the effect gravity has on the fluid in the body. So, Pizza Hut made sure the space pizza was seasoned heavily with extra salt and herbs.
North Korea has a Pizzeria
You would be forgiven for not associating Kim Jong- Il with pizza immediately, but it was with his persistence and strong love of pizza that the first pizzeria in North Korea was approved and opened in 2009.
Kim Jong Il did not do things by halves when it came to this pizzeria. He has been said to have summoned Italian pizza chefs to Pyongyang to show army officers how to make pizza, and he also wouldn’t accept any less than the best.
Chefs were sent to Rome and Naples for further research and training, and all ingredients for the restaurant were sourced straight from Italy. Finally, the restaurant was deemed ready to open.
Pizza was One of the First Things Ordered Off the Internet
In 1994, life as we know it was changed forever. Being able to purchase items and fast food was new and exciting, and pizza was at the forefront of this discovery. It is said that the first pizza bought online was from a restaurant chain we still love and use today, the very same that shipped to the space– Pizza Hut. The toppings were said to be pepperoni, mushroom and extra cheese!
Different Styles of Pizza were Invented Through the Years
The margarita, a classic, is the very staple of pizza style. This pizza style is usually used as a base, where other toppings go on top of to create different styles, but did you know they were all invented separately? The “Hawaiian” style pizza was invented in 1964, in Ontario, Canada, by Sam Panopoulos. This style of pizza is now famous, comprising of the unusual combination of pineapple and ham. This is the very same pizza that causes heated debates to this day – does pineapple belong on pizza? Well, Sam Panopoulos sure thought so!
The World’s Largest Pizza Ever Weighed 26,883 lbs
That’s right, you read it correctly. The world’s largest pizza ever weighed 26,883lbs. It was created in South Africa in December 1990 and required an inordinate amount of ingredients. The pizza measured 122 feet, eight inches in diameter, weighed 26,883 pounds. It contained 9,920 pounds of flour, 1,763 pounds of mushrooms, 3,960 pounds of cheese, and 1,984 pounds of both tomato puree and chopped tomatoes.
However, What About the World’s Largest Pizza you Could Eat?
Texas created an outstanding 8 ft x 2 ft 8in pizza that could be delivered straight to your door. It was made with fresh dough, home-made sauce, and even came with its own custom home-made box. This broke the world record for largest commercial pizza available!
We hope you’ve enjoyed learning about one of the worlds favourite foods.
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