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Pizza month: three things to know

Pizza Month usually runs from the 1st to the 31st of October each year. It is a national celebration for US citizens who observe this delicious national festivity by consuming various types of pizze. The pizzerie throughout the country create unique pizzas that they don’t routinely offer.

The history of pizza

The very first recipe of the real pizza as we know it nowadays was written back in 1858 when Francesco De Bourcard written an essay called “Usi e costumi di Napoli e contorni descritti e dipinti” (Use and customs of Naples and its surroundings described and painted).

A that time Naples was the capital of the Regno delle due Sicilie, one of the kingdoms that just three years after the release of the essay will be then annexed to the Reign of Italy (1861). The recipe included the ingredients needed to bake the real pizza napoletana but it was only a few years later that its most famous name was actually invented.

In 1889 the King of Italy Umberto visited the city of Naples and in that occasion met Raffaele Esposito, the most famous pizzaiolo of that time, who dedicated one of his pizze to the queen of Italy, Margherita.

The Pizza Margherita owns then its name to Queen Margherita, first Queen of the Reign of Italy and his recipe is probably the most famous worldwide. The toppings of the Pizza Margherita are: tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese and a few leaves of basil.

Pizza in America

Thanks to the Italian emigration towards the four corners of the world and especially to the United States the Italian dish par excellence became an extremely popular food in the entire globe.

In America the Italians settled mostly on the east cost and in particular in the states of New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachussets and Pennsylvania. This is the reason why, especially in New York, the pizza became so popular and to these days it is considered as a dish that cannot be given up.

Then, of course, it became a sort of multicultural experiment and it started to be cooked and presented in its many variations. There are thick and thin pizze ( yes, the plural of pizza is pizze NOT pizzas…), pizze with pineapple or french fries, sweet pizze with Nutella or folded like the calzone.

Pizza Month: three facts you must know

When is international pizza month

It runs from the 1st to the 31st of October each year. It is a nazional festivity celebrated only in the United States.

Who invented it

This celebration was invented by Jerry Durnell, the publisher of a magazine called Pizza Today. It was back in 1984 that the very first month dedicated to pizza was held in order to support the pizza industry.

How to celebrate

The best way to celebrate this particular festivity is to enjoy the various types of pizze available in your area. Whether you like it thik or thin, if you prefer the true napoletana or a regular (but delicious cheese pizza) have a tour of your local pizzerie. It’s a super flavorful way to spend time with your friends and support the local industry.

 

 

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