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National Pizza Day 2017: 3 Fast Facts

Today is a day that pizza lovers across the United States wait for every year. That right—it’s National Pizza (with the works) Day. It’s the day when it’s okay to order a pizza with the works and then eat it yourself. National Pizza Day history isn’t long but it is proud. It was started as a day to celebrate people who like many toppings on their pizza.


National Pizza Day origins go all the way back to Naples, Italy where pizza was first created. Since humans first ate pizza in the 10th century, it has become a staple of the diet of many people around the world.

Here are three fast facts to need to know about National Pizza Day history:

1. This Isn’t the Only Day to Celebrate Pizza

November 12th is a day set aside to celebrate pizza with the works. However, there are other days to celebrate pizza in the United States. People who like their pizza with just cheese or those who like to only eat one or two toppings may want to celebrate National Pizza Day on February 9, 2018.

2. There is Some Controversy Over What it Means to Have “The Works”

Some people (typically those who like them) will insist that a pizza with the works needs to have anchovies on it. However, the National Pizza Day origins insist that this is a day to celebrate eating a pizza with everything BUT anchovies on it. At the end of the day, it’s your pizza. Put whatever toppings you want on it and enjoy.

3. Americans Eat a Lot of Pizza

People in the United States eat a lot of pizza. In fact, at any given time 13% of all Americans have a slice of pizza for one of their meals. The reason we get so excited for this holiday is because National Pizza Day history celebrates our long history of eating this Italian dish. The first pizza joint (a pizzeria called Lombardi’s) opened in New York City in 1909. Since then, it’s become a large part of our economy, with billions of dollars spent in ordering pizza each year.

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