Celebrate National Pizza Day!
You can't buy happiness. But you can buy pizza! Today, the U.S. applauds this gift from the gods!
Pizza, Italian Pride
Pizza is undoubtedly the most famous and loved among all the Italian culinary specialties. As some say, pizza is not a 'trend.' It's a way of life! On the other hand, if you can't buy happiness, you can always buy a delicious pizza. Before World War II, pizza was not well known outside of Italy or among the Italian community. As you may know, the birthplace of pizza is Naples, in southern Italy. In 16th-century, a flatbread was already referred to as a pizza. It was a very cheap, poor dish, sold in the street. In 1889, King Umberto I and Queen Margherita visited the town. According to the legend, "pizzaiolo" (the pizza maker) Raffaele Esposito created "Pizza Margherita," honoring the Queen. It was a special pie topped with tomatoes, mozzarella, and basil. These simple ingredients represent the colors of the Italian flag: green, white, red. Today, people worldwide enjoy one of the most iconic Italian dishes ever.
Pizza in the U.S.
Pizza first arrived in the United States in the late 19th century among the Italian communities. Today Americans are literally obsessed with pizza. As The Atlantic reports: "Like football, pop music, and democracy itself, pizza follows in the long American tradition of things that began overseas before the United States imported, violently altered, and eventually defined the institution. Although the first pizza shops didn't open in the U.S. until the early 20th century, hundreds of years after the original Neapolitan pies, we now spend $37 billion a year on pizza, accounting for a third of the global market." The magazine continues: "The obsession deepens. On any given day, about 13 percent of Americans eat pizza, according to a new report from the Department of Agriculture. One in six guys between the ages of two and 39 ate it for breakfast, lunch, or dinner today. In part due to this obsession, per capita consumption of cheese is up 41 percent since 1995." In other words, Americans and pizza, it's a love affair!
There is only one way to celebrate National Pizza Day: enjoy your beloved pizza! Visit your favorite Italian pizzeria and indulge in delicious pizza. You could also throw your own pizza party. It is the perfect way to get family and friends together. Do you feel creative? Try to make your pizza from scratch! Magnifico can help! You can use this fantastic Molino Rossetto pizza dough mix. This product is imported from Italy and is made with high-quality Italian ingredients. The mix comes with the yeast, and it is ready to use. If you prefer to use flour (check out Magnifico's flour selection) and yeast separately, try our Molino Rossetto gluten-free pizza, flatbread, and savory pie yeast.
- Donatella Mulvoni