FANWOOD/ SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The ancient Greeks covered their bread with oils, herbs, and some believe the beginning of the “pizza” comes from the Greek word πίτα, "pita," meaning pie, according to the National Day Calendar.
The modern pizza had its beginning in Italy as a Neapolitan flatbread, which used only mozzarella cheese produced in the surroundings of Naples. Food historians estimate that the first U.S. pizza establishment opened in 1905 in New York’s Little Italy. It quickly became one of America’s favorite meals.
Nick's Pizza (42 South Martine Ave. Fanwood) is ready to celebrate the important holiday.
"Come in and ask for National Cheese Pizza Day special and get a plain pie (unlimited amount of pies) for $9.99," said Rob Watterson of Nick's Pizza.
For those wondering about other upcoming pizza holidays, National Pepperoni Pizza Day will be observed later in the month on Sept. 20. National Sausage Pizza Day takes place on Oct. 13. October is National Pizza Month!
Pizza by the Numbers (source: Pizza.com)
- About 3 billion pizzas are sold annually in the U.S.
- 94 percent of Americans eat pizza regularly.
- The average American eats about 46 pizza slices a year.
- The average pizzeria uses roughly 55 pizza boxes per day.
- The top 5 pizza sales days nationally are: Super Bowl Sunday, New Year's Eve, Halloween, the night before Thanksgiving, & New Year's Day.
- Pizzerias represent 17% of all restaurants; there are an estimated 61,269 pizzerias in the U.S.
- The largest pizza ever made was 122 ft. 8 in. in diameter. The pizza needed 9,920 lbs. of flour, 198 lbs. of salt, two tons of cheese, and a nearly ton of tomato sauce.