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FAQs About Pizza

If you’re like most Americans, then you’ve probably been enjoying pizza since you were a child. Depending on your food preferences, you may enjoy a traditional Margherita without red sauce, an all-meat pizza, a vegetarian pizza, or another combination of toppings. Today, we’ll take a look at the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about pizza. Stop by Steel City Pizza in North Charleston to enjoy the best handmade pizza available in the low country, and use your insider knowledge to dominate the competition at our next pizza trivia night! 

1. Where was pizza first made?

The first pizza was made in Ancient Greece. The Greeks were known to bake large breads in flat, round shapes, and then top them with vegetables, spices, and olive oil. 

2. Why is the name for the Margherita pizza capitalized?

Queen Margherita was married to King Umberto I, and was visiting Naples in 1889. Chef Raffaele Esposito was asked to make a special dish in honor of her visit. He created a pizza which had tomatoes, basil, and mozzarella, and named it the Margherita pizza in her honor.

3. Is there a reason that the Margherita pizza has only three toppings?

The Margherita pizza has just three toppings because they represent the colors of the Italian flag — red tomatoes, white Mozzarella, and green basil. Through word of mouth, Queen Margherita’s subjects discovered that this was her favorite food, which made the Margherita pizza very popular indeed. 

4. How did pizza become popular in America?

While pizza was available in Italian neighborhoods in America, it did not become popular until our soldiers returned from Europe at the end of World War II. Returning soldiers liked what they had tasted in Italy so much that they helped to establish pizza as a mainstream food across America. 

5. When was the first pizzeria established in America?

The first pizzeria in America was established in 1905 in New York by Gennaro Lombardi. He called his restaurant Lombardi’s and it didn’t take long before pizzerias began to spread to New Jersey, Connecticut, and eventually, the entire country. 

6. When was frozen pizza invented?

In 1957, the Celentano Brothers invented frozen pizza. It was available only in grocery stores for a long time until this form of pizza gained enough popularity to be offered at gas stations, convenience stores, and even bars. 

7. How much pizza do Americans consume in a year?

Americans eventually fell madly in love with pizza, and now consume an annual average of 46 pizza slices (23 pounds) per person. It should come as no surprise then, that there are around 69,000 pizzerias around the United States that sell a combined total of approximately three billion pizzas each year!

8. Is there a “popular” night for pizza?

There are approximately five billion pizzas sold worldwide each year, and Saturday night is considered the most popular night to enjoy pizza. 

9. Do women and men tend to order different toppings?

As you might have guessed, women are more likely to order vegetarian toppings on their pizzas, while men are more likely to order meat toppings. Another interesting difference between men and women is that women are more likely to tip their delivery person than men. 

10. What is the most popular pizza topping in America?

Despite the differences between the types of toppings that men and women prefer, there does appear to be a “winner” when it comes to the most popular pizza topping. Pepperoni is the most popular pizza topping, with a total of 36 percent of pizza orders requesting pepperoni. Just to give you some perspective on how wildly popular this topping is, the next-most-popular topping is sausage and it included in just 14 percent of all orders.

At Steel City Pizza, we love delicious, homemade pizza, no matter what toppings are on it. If you are in North Charleston and have a craving for the best pizza, then be sure to stop by and order a Margherita, a vegetarian, an all meat, or whatever creation you can think of. We are proud to use only the freshest ingredients to build the best pizza in the low country. Stop by today!