Celebrated on February 9th each and every year – National Pizza Day is a day that celebrates this oven baked flat bread food that is covered in sauce and cheese. It is a holiday where people can enjoy one of the most popular and iconic dishes in the world and kick back with a slice as they spend time with friends and family.
The history of pizza begins in antiquity, when various ancient cultures produced basic flatbreads with several toppings.
A precursor of pizza was probably the focaccia, a flat bread known to the Romans as panis focacius, to which toppings were then added. Modern pizza evolved from similar flatbread dishes in Naples, Italy, in the 18th or early 19th century.
The word pizza was first documented in A.D. 997 in Gaeta and successively in different parts of Central and Southern Italy. Pizza was mainly eaten in Italy and by emigrants from there. This changed after World War II when Allied troops stationed in Italy came to enjoy pizza along with other Italian foods.
There is only one way to celebrate National Pizza Day, and that is by enjoying it in one of its many forms. Go out to your local pizzeria and grab a slice, throw an office pizza party or simply take home a frozen pizza.