ROSHAN’S ELEVEN : Eleven Fun Facts About Pizza

1. The First Pizza : When you think pizza you think Italiano, but the origin of pizza goes back to ancient times. Greeks and Egyptians were cooking a pizza like flatbread and topping it with olive oil and spices. The “modern pizza” as we  know it evolved in Naples Italy, when tomato was added to in the late 18th century.

2. The most expensive pizza in the world costs $12,000 : Luis XIII in Salerno, Italy has the world’s most expensive pizza with a price tag of $12,000! This is no ordinary pizza, first the dough is aged perfectly before the chief arrives at your home. Yes, they will create this masterpiece in your home kitchen. Some of the ingredients include, three types of caviar, lobster from Norway, Cilento, bufala mozzarella cheese and grains of pink Australian sea-salt from the Murray River.

3. The most popular pizza topping is pepperoni : It’s not to hard to figure this one out, but now we have the numbers to prove it! In a HarrisPoll® taken in January of 2016, pepperoni was found to be the most popular topping followed by Sausage at number two.

4. World’s Biggest Pizza : The biggest pizza in recorded history was prepared by Dovilio Nardi, Andrea Mannocchi, Marco Nardi, Matteo Nardi and Matteo Giannotte in Rome, Italy, on 13 December 2012. It had a total surface area of 13,580.28 ft². Guinness was on hand to document the massive pie!

5. A Pizza was Delivered in Space : In 2001, the Russian Space Agency was paid more than a million bucks to deliver a six-inch pizza to the International Space Station. Russian cosmonaut,Yuri Usachov had the honor of being the first person to receive a pizza delivery while in orbit.

6. Nobody Knows How the Word Pizza Originated : The word “Pizza” was first documented around 997 AD in Gaeta, Italy. After that the name started to spread to different parts of central and southern Italy.

7. The Outer Edge Is Called the Cornicione : Did you know that there is technical term for “crust”? Well there is, it’s called cornicione or the “end crust”. No matter what you call it, your kids will not eat it!

8. World War II helped Bring Pizza to the Masses : Before World War II pizza was mostly enjoyed by Italian immigrants in their home communities. During the occupation of Italy, Allied troops began eating local foods to supplement sometimes dwindling rations. The local bakers could hardly keep up with the US soldiers demand for pizza, and when they came home after the war they brought their  love for pizza back with them.

9. Cristian Dumitru of Romania ate 200 pounds of pizza in a week : This is one of those records that makes you do a double take! It’s true, in 2006 Cristian Dumitru set a new world record surpassing Takeru Kobayashi by eating 200 pounds of pizza in a week.

10. The first frozen pizza hit the market in 1962 : Tontino’s, which started as Totino’s Italian Kitchen is said to be the first company to offer frozen pizza in 1962. Apparently the y did pretty good, Pillsbury bought the company in 1975.

11. The Hawaiian pizza was invented in Canada : In 1962 by Sam Panopoulos, a native of Greece who was running a pizzeria in Ontario Canada. Bored with only having three toppings available mushroom, bacon, or pepperoni he took down a can of pineapples from the top shelf and decided to throw it on pizza. The rest is history.