If you live in the United States, it is statistically likely that you will eat around 6,000 pieces of pizza over the course of your life! Whether you’re a fan of thin crust, deep dish, or Neapolitan-style pizza, there seems to be a slice for everybody.
At Bellatrino Neapolitan Pizzeria & Cucina in Dallas, we’re passionate about serving the very best pizza to our customers. We use the same pizza cooking techniques that have been used for over 200 years, and we’re confident you’ll love our wood fired pizzas. Stop by our pizza restaurant today or keep an eye out for our food truck around town!
In this blog, we’re going to look at some fun pizza facts so you can fall even more in love with this cheesy and delish dish!
- Foods that are similar to pizza, like flatbreads and oven-baked breads with various yummy toppings, have been prepared since the Neolithic age across almost every region of the world.
- Bakers in Naples prepared the first pizza dish in the early 1600s. Known as a street food back then, pizza was sold to poor Neapolitans who spent much of their time outside.
- In 1989, King Umberto I and Queen Margherita visited a newly unified Italy and stopped by Naples. As legend has it, the two grew bored of their normal diet of French haute cuisine, and the Queen asked to try a variety of pizzas. A baker by the name of Da Pietro Pizzeria invented a pizza with red tomato sauce, green basil, and white mozzarella cheese to reflect the unique colors of Italy’s flag. The Queen tried the pizza and strongly approved, which led to the invention of pizza margherita.
- The very first pizza restaurant in the United States was opened in 1905 by a man named Gennaro Lombardi. His storefront was located in Manhattan in a booming Italian-American neighborhood.
- In the beginning, pizzas were only sold by the whole pie. In 1933, Patsy Lancieri started selling pizza by the slice, which was a trend that quickly caught on by other pizza shops.
- By the 1930s, the pizza business finally started to boom. Italian-Americans started to open up pizza places all across Manhattan, Boston, and New Jersey.
- In 1943, Ike Sewell opened Uno’s in Chicago, bringing the introduction of Chicago-style pizza.
Domino’s Pizza was founded in 1960 by Tom Monaghan. He is one of three people in the whole world to hold an advanced degree in “Pizza-ology” from the Domino’s College of Pizza-ology. This was a business management program he founded in the 1980s.
- The very first frozen pizza to hit the market was in 1962.
- In the 1980s, the Pizza Connection Trial became the longest running criminal jury trial in American history. In this case, a group of mafia members were prosecuted for using pizza restaurants as a front for drug trafficking.
- A number of famous celebrities got their start by making and delivering the glorious pizza pie. Some actors include Stephen Baldwin and Bill Murray.
- There is only one pizza-themed superhero movie that has ever been made. It was released in 2011 and called “Pizza Man,” starring Frankie Muniz as a pizza delivery driver who acquires fun super powers after consuming a genetically modified tomato.
- The U.S. Military Lab recently invented a ready-to-eat pizza that can last up to a whopping three years! This pizza was intended for soldiers serving abroad who crave a piece of pie from time to time.
- Some pizza chefs refer to the internal cell structure of pizza dough as “the crumb.” Most pizza makers try to cook a crumb that is airy with large holes.
- There is an association called the Associazione Verace Pizza Nepoletana or the True Neapolitan Pizza Association. This group sets specific rules for what truly qualifies as an authentic neapolitan pizza.
- There’s a fun museum in Philadelphia called Pizza Brain. It is home to the largest collection of pizza memorabilia.
- The largest pizza in the world was 131 feet in diameter and weight 51,257 pounds!
Authentic Neapolitan Pizza in Dallas
If you’re looking for authentic neapolitan pizza in the Dallas area, be sure to stop by Bellatrino Neapolitan Pizzeria & Cucina. Browse our pizza menu online or check out our gallery to see some of our delicious pizzas!