10 Amazing Pizza Facts That Can’t Be Topped!

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There are certain foods that even stating that you like them is pointless, because why wouldn’t you? Pizza is probably on top of that list. You don’t say you love pizza since you -kind of- have to love pizza. Because, why wouldn’t you? But how much do you know about pizza? We’ve made a list of 10 facts for you to brush up on your pizza trivia skills

1. There’s a designation named "VPN" that’s given to qualifying pizzerias by the Naples-based Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana or its delegates — VPN Americas in the U.S. and Canada and VPN Giappone in Japan (which, surprisingly, has more than 30 certified pizzerias).

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To qualify as VPN-certified, a pizzeria has to agree to:

  • Make its pies with only certain types of ingredients.

  • Use only approved equipment.

  • Adhere to traditional pizza-making methods.

2. According to the keepers of human history over at the Guinness World Records, the largest circular pizza ever baked weighed was made in Norwood, South Africa by Norwood Hypermarket on December 8, 1990. It weighed 26,883 pounds.

Also, the biggest pizza you can buy commercially is made at Big Mama's and Papa's Pizzeria in LA and costs $200 – it is a massive square, 4.49 ft x 4.49 ft (1.37m x 1.37m).

3. An Austin, Texas company, whose founders were commissioned by NASA to develop palatable foods for astronauts’ deep space mission to Mars, has built a device that can 3D-print pizza

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Like all 3D printers, BeeHex applies ink, layer-by-layer, to make its creations. The obvious difference with BeeHex is that, in this case, the “ink” is edible. First, it starts with the size of the pie, which Tech Insider reports can be either 10 or 12 inches. Next, you select either plain, tomato or gluten-free dough. Then comes the tomato basil, pesto, or vodka sauce. Finally, mozzarella or burrata cheese top off the pie before it’s slid into a 400-degree pizza oven by the sole person manning the machine.

4. Antica Pizzeria Port'Alba is a pizzeria in Naples, Italy, which is widely believed to be the world's first pizzeria.

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5. In America, 350 slices of pizza are sold every second.

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6. Pizza was brought to the US by Italian immigrants in the late 19th century, and America's first pizzeria, the famous Lombardi's, opened in 1905.

7. In 2014, a pizza delivery guy received a $1,268 tip.

Domino’s pizza delivery driver James Gilpin delivered two pizzas—which cost $12.50 total—to the IWU chapel at Wesleyan University. There, he was greeted by a body of 3,000 students and residential education CEO Keith Newman. Newman gave Gilpin a $1,268 tip collected by the students, $70 in gift cards, and a lot of inspirational notes written by the students.

8. In elementary geometry, there's a theorem named "the pizza theorem" which states the equality of two areas that arise when one partitions a disk in a certain way.

Yeah, pizza is THAT cool. 🍕

9. 251,770,000 lbs of pepperoni are consumed every year.

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Because, why not! 😏

10. The word "pizza" was first documented in 997 AD in Gaeta which is now a part of Italy.

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