Pepperoni Pizza Day is dedicated to those who love pepperoni pizza.  Italian immigrants brought pizza to the United States in the late nineteenth century.  Today pizza is a popular dish worldwide, and many nations create their own specialty pizzas.  While pizza is an Italian creation, pepperoni was made in New York by Italian immigrants.  In 1906, Darren Ezzo’s great grandfather made a sausage in his grocery store in Canastota, New York.  Ezzo’s sausage would become famous as the pepperoni that is added to pizzas today.  Still in business, Ezzo Sausage in Columbus makes the finest pepperoni in America that serves as the topping to many select pizzerias in America.  Of all the pizza toppings, pepperoni is America’s favorite topping.

As we celebrate Pepperoni Pizza Day, it is interesting to learn some facts about pizza.  Lombardi’s, the country’s first pizzeria, opened in New York’s Little Italy in 1905.  The world’s biggest pizza was prepared in Rome in December 2012 and measured 1,261 square meters (13,570 square feet).  The world’s largest pizza was named after Octavia, the first Roman emperor, Octavian Augustus.  The longest pizza in the world was created in Fontana, California in 2017.  This pizza measured 1,930.39 meters (6,333.3 feet). 

Have you ever wondered what Italian specialty pizza is the most traditional?  True Neapolitan Pizza is the most traditional of all the specialty pizzas.  The True Neapolitan Pizza Association, which was founded in 1984 in Naples, promotes Neapolitan Pizza.  In 2009, Neapolitan pizza registered with the European Union as a Traditional Specialty Guaranteed dish.  Since true cuisine is an art form, the art of making Neapolitan pizza was included on UNESCO’s list of intangible cultural heritage.  When you eat a slice of true Neapolitan pizza, you get a taste of true Italian cuisine.  The good news is that there are many family run pizzerias, across America that make authentic Neapolitan pizza.

If you enjoy pizza to wind down after a hard day of work, then you are not alone.  Pizza is a $44 billion dollar business in the United States.  This Friday you can reward yourself by celebrating Pepperoni Pizza Day.  You may decide to order pepperoni pizza and eat it in the comfort of your own home.  Others may go to an Italian pizzeria with the entire family.  No matter how you decide to celebrate Pepperoni Pizza Day, all pepperoni pizza lovers can concur that pepperoni gives pizza a distinctive spicy taste that is absolutely delectable.  We must be thankful to Italian Americans for giving us pepperoni pizza, a delicacy that has become a part of many American celebrations.