Pizza Lovers: National Pizza Day

Pizza Lovers: National Pizza Day

Just a reminder for all pizza lovers: On February the 9th is National Pizza Day.

 Did you know there's such a thing as National Pizza Day? You may remember learning in school as a kid that pizza is an American invention. This is not strictly speaking true. In fact, it's not even loosely speaking true. Pizza was invented in Naples in the early 18th century, meaning that it literally predates our nation (per History). Naples, a thriving port city-state, had a lot of working poor who lived much of their lives outdoors and required food that could be eaten on the go. Flatbreads sold by street vendors and casual restaurants fit the bill. The toppings enjoyed by 18th-century Neoplitans might sound familiar-  tomatoes, cheese, anchovies, olive oil, and garlic.

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