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Funtastica Facts

Funtastica facts you didn't know about pizza!

You know how grandma and grandpa like to sit back in their chairs and talk about years gone by and how much they know about the world? Well, sink your teeth into these fun facts and impress your bambino’s with these fun mouthfuls of facts. Buon appetito!

Pizza History

Did you know?

  • Pizza comes from the latin word 'Picea' which means the ‘blackening of a crust by fire'.
  • In the 16th century, Maria Carolina, the Queen of Naples convinced her husband, King Ferdinand IV, to allow the peasant dish - pizza - to be made in the royal oven.
  • In 1889 Raffaele Esposito, the most famous pizzaiolo (pizza chef) created a pie for Queen Margherita with a topping of tomato, basil and cheese, to resemble the Italian red, green and white tricolore flag. This remains the basis for most pizzas today.

Pizza Fun Facts

  • Over 5 billion pizzas are sold worldwide each year.
  • Kids from 3 to 11 years of age prefer pizza over all other food groups for lunch and dinner
  • Women are twice as likely as men to order vegetables on their pizza.
  • Pizza deliverers claim women are better tippers.
  • The world's fastest pizza maker can make 14 pizzas in 2 minutes and 35 seconds.
  • Over one-third of people – 36% – consider pizza the perfect breakfast.
  • The longest pizza delivery was from Cape Town, South Africa to Sydney, Australia.
  • In Italy there is a bill to safeguard the traditional Italian pizza, specifying permissible ingredients and methods of processing. Only pizzas which follow these guidelines can be called ‘traditional Italian pizzas’, at least in Italy.
  • The most expensive pizza ever made was by the restaurateur Domenico Crolla who created Valentine pizza priced at a $2,745.00. It included toppings such as sunblush-tomato sauce, Scottish smoked salmon, medallions of venison, edible gold and lobster marinated in the finest cognac and champagne-soaked caviar.
  • What has been called ‘the world's most extravagant pizza’ is available at Nino's Bellissima restaurant in New York. Topped with six varieties of caviar, chives, fresh lobster and crème fraîche, this 12-inch pie, called the ‘Luxury Pizza’, sells for $1,000.00 (or $125.00 a slice).
  • According to the Guinness Book of Records, the largest recorded pizza ever made was 37.4 metres in diameter at Norwood Hypermarket in South Africa on 8 December 1990.

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