Pizza. The hard facts.

01.05.19

Let’s face it, if you’re reading this you probably live and breath pizza. But while you might spend your life inventing new variations, ordering ingredients, making or baking pizzas, or maybe delivering them, how much do you actually know about the ins-and-outs of the world’s most popular food?

No, me neither.

So on behalf of those of us steeped in the business-end of pizza production, we’ve trawled the Internet (and a few other authorities too) to unearth some facts and put together this light-hearted picture of the current state of affairs.

Obviously, this is intended more as a directory of answers to a pub quiz than a definitive bible for the industry. But it does actually present some interesting insights, and some even more interesting food for thought.

So, here we go….

Fact…
On average, Americans buy 350 slices of pizza a second! Or to put it another way, they consume an average of around 23lbs of delicious cheese and tomato covered bread a year.

Fact…
The Hawaiian Pizza remains a firm favourite, especially with younger pizza fans. Of course, it’s obvious where it was invented. That’s right…Canada!

Fact…
Thin crust pizza doesn’t seem to have been around for long, but it’s now the favourite of 61% of pizza fans. So, more topping, less base seems to be the order of the day (unless it’s a cheese stuffed crust of course).

Fact…
The biggest pizza ever was created in Rome in 2012 and had a total surface area of 13,580.28 sq.ft.

Fact…
The most popular night of the week to order Pizza is Saturday, but Super Bowl Sunday is the biggest delivery day of all in the US.

Fact…
We love to order Pizza-to-go or, more precisely, pizza to be delivered. But how’s this for streeeetching the distance involved? Astronaut, Yuri Usachov ordered a pizza from the International Space Station and Pizza Hut obliged by rocketing him one topped with salami and extra spices (bet you didn’t know our taste buds are dulled in space).

Fact…
Perhaps the most predictable fact so far…when it comes to vegetarian toppings, women are twice as likely to order as men.

Fact…
Russians like red herring on their pizza, Australians are partial to pineapple and shrimp, the French like fresh cream, bacon and onions, and in India the preferred pizza topping is Tofu. And the Japanese put Mayo on their Pizza! Really? Mayo?

Fact…
It’s hard to top pepperoni as the favourite pizza topping. But here’s a staggering stat. Our friends across The Pond eat 250,000,000lbs of it on their pizzas in a year.

Fact…
So, pizza is a relatively new idea, right? Wrong. Apparently, pizza was being prepared by the people of Pompei when the volcano erupted and buried their city.

Fact…
It seems kids between 3 and 11 prefer pizza over all other foods for lunch and dinner. So, the healthier we make those pizzas, the better.

Fact…
Dough spinning is now a professional sporting event. Honestly! In fact, at the World Pizza Championships you can take your seats to watch the masters of Freestyle Acrobatic Dough Tossing. Gotta have a hobby!

Final fact…
The one thing we all know is that pizza isn’t really pizza unless it’s laden with cheese. And if you want the best pizza cheese on the market, you start by asking the best people. Ornua Ingredients.

Fact.