9 Slices of Cheesy Pizza Facts

Written by Camilla Jessen

Mar.06 - 2024 8:52 PM CET

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9 Slices of Cheesy Pizza Facts

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Pizza lovers, rejoice! February 9 marks a special day for us, but it's just one of many occasions to celebrate our favorite dish. There's more to look forward to, including National Cheese Pizza Day on September 5, National Pepperoni Pizza Day on September 20, National Pizza Month in October, and National Sausage Pizza Day on October 11. It's clear that pizza holds a special place in our hearts and stomachs.

Here's a collection of interesting pizza facts, useful tips, and opinions to enhance your pizza enjoyment:

Pineapple Pizza Makes Waves in Italy

In 2024, Gino Sorbillo, a famous pizza chef from Naples, stirred up controversy by adding pineapple pizza to his menu. This bold move on the most famous pizza street, Via dei Tribunali, has divided locals.

Why Pizza Is So Tempting

Ever wondered why pizza is so irresistible? A study using the Yale Food Addiction Scale found pizza to be highly addictive, thanks to its perfect mix of fats, carbs, and mouth-watering flavors.

The Best Pizza City in the USA Might Surprise You

Forget New York and Chicago. According to "Modernist Pizza," the best pizza city is actually on the West Coast. Find out which city takes the top spot.

Europe's Best Pizza Isn't Where You Think

In a surprising twist, the 2023 edition of 50 Top Pizza, an Italian-run international guide, announced that the best pizza in Europe isn't in Italy. Sartoria Panatieri, in Barcelona, was judged the best on the continent. Second place went to Copenhagen restaurant Bæst In Denmark, while coming in third was 50 Kalò in London, a spin-off of the original 50 Kalò pizzeria in Naples.

Pizza and Military Intelligence

In the 1960s, the US Army's 113th Military Intelligence Unit used pizza deliveries to spy on reporters and politicians, as reported by The New Yorker.

Breaking Pizza Records

From the world's largest pizza in Los Angeles to the longest pizza delivery from Madrid to New Zealand, Guinness World Records showcases the incredible feats achieved with pizza.

  • World’s largest pizza: In Los Angeles, Pizza Hut and YouTube star Airrack set a new record for the world’s largest pizza, coming in at 13,990 square feet.

  • Longest pizza delivery: In 2006, Paul Fenech traveled 12,346.6 miles (19,780 kilometers) from Madrid to Wellington, New Zealand, to hand-deliver a pizza to Niko Apostolakis. CNN could not find any record of whether the pizza was freezing cold by the time it got there or whether Apostolakis actually ate that thing.

  • Highest altitude pizza delivery on land: Good news! If you can make it to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, you might just get a pizza delivered to you at the summit, thanks to Pizza Hut's record-setting delivery.

PETA's Pizza Picks

PETA has listed its favorite vegan pizzas across the US, proving that delicious pizza can also be animal-friendly.

A Pizza Crime Story

Italian anti-Mafia police captured a suspected mobster in France, where he was hiding out as a pizza chef.

Make Your Own Pizza Dough

Feeling adventurous? Making your own pizza dough is easier than you think. Stanley Tucci, host of CNN’s “Searching for Italy,” can show you how to get started on your homemade pizza journey.