8 Things You Didn't Know About Pizza

8 Things You Didn't Know About Pizza
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8 Things You Didn't Know About Pizza

Check out this slideshow to have all of your questions answered about pizza.

When Did Pizza Originate?

According to an article by Linda Stradley in What's Cooking America, pizza (in a very early form) has been enjoyed in Italy since the Stone Age. The early pizza bread served as a plate for the meal, an idea that came from the Greeks.

Where Does the Word "Pizza" Come From?

According to the same Linda Stradley article from What's Cooking America, the word "pizza" emerged from an Italian word, that meant "a point," which evolved into the word "pizzicare" meaning to pinch or pluck.

What is the World Record for Most Slices of Pizza Eaten?

According to Major League Eating, professional eater Richard Lefevre ate 7.5 extra-large Bacci pizza slices from a 24" pizza in just 15 minutes in 2005. The same man also ate five pounds of birthday cake in just over 11 minutes and six pounds of SPAM in 12 minutes.

What is the Most Popular Pizza Topping in the U.S.?

According to Pizza.com, 36 percent of those ordering pizza request pepperoni as a topping. And just how popular is pizza in general in the U.S.? A whopping 94 percent of Americans eat it regularly.

What Pizza Toppings Are Popular Around the World?

While pepperoni, mushrooms and extra cheese are popular in the U.S., very different toppings are popular in other countries. In India, pickled ginger, minced mutton, and paneer top pies while in Japan, eel and squid are popular. In Australia shrimp, pineapple and barbecue sauce are among favorite toppings and in Costa Rica, coconuts find their place on top of pizzas.

Can Pizza Help Reduce Your Risk of Cancer?

According to an article from BBC News, Italian researchers found that people who eat pizza regularly reduced their risk for oesophageal cancer by 59%, colon cancer by 34%, and mouth cancer by 34%

How Long Does Pizza Last?

Sitting out, pizza can only last one day after purchase or "best by" date. In the fridge, it can last up to five days and frozen, up to six months!

What is the Most Expensive Pizza Available?

According to Pizza.com, the most expensive slice is served at Margo's Pizzeria in Malta. The over-the-top pie features white truffles and 24-carat gold leaf and goes for $2,400!


Pizza is one of the most popular foods in the country and perhaps around the world, but how much do we actually know about it? You won't believe what they put on pizza in Costa Rica and Japan or how much it costs to eat the most expensive pizza in the world.

Check out the slideshow above to learn all of this and more!

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