Did you know that Americans are the greatest consumers of pizza in the world, and in the US alone, Americans eat 350 slices of pizzas per second. Although pizza is predominantly a dinner food for adults 58% of pizza consumption for kids (teens and under) is for snacking, breakfasts, and lunches. Source: USDA
IN THE U.S., 4% OF PIZZA EATEN BY CHILDREN IS FOR BREAKFAST.
Pizza migrated to America with the Italians at the end of the nineteenth century. The popularity of pizza really exploded when American soldiers returned from Italy after World War II. Up to now there are over 16 thousand pizzarias in the US and the pizza industry makes $30 billion-per-year.
One of the most popular toppings on American-style pizza is pepperoni. What’s pepperoni exactly? Pepperoni is a spicy Italian dry sausage made from pork and beef. Pepperoni is characteristically soft, slightly smoky, and bright red in color. Many people may assume the red color and peppery bite of pepperoni comes from the cayenne pepper, but it’s actually the paprika that is primarily responsible for the color and heat of most sausages.
Believe it or not, in 2011, pizza was considered a “vegetable” by the US government. School meals that are subsidized by the government must contain a certain amount of vegetables. In 2011, a serving of pizza containing at least two tablespoons of tomato sauce actually met those vegetable requirements. Ridiculous, isn’t it?
Pizza Hut and Dominos Pizza are two largest pizza chains in the US and every October the Americans celebrate that month as the National Month of Pizza. Can you believe that?? 😀