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National Pizza Day

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National Pizza Day is February 9. Americans love their pizzas. We have a Pizza Festival Month, three Pizza Days and two weeks all dedicated to celebrating this all-time favorite anytime food. 

Quote of the Day: “Pizza is like the entire food pyramid!” Madeline Oles


Legend has it that a baker named Raffaele Esposito of Da Pietro Pizzeria (now known as Pizzeria Brandi) invented a pizza with red tomato sauce, white mozzarella, and green basil, to reflect the colors of Italy’s flag when he was called upon to make a pizza for Italian King Umberto I and Queen Margherita (Naples 1889). That pizza is still known as Pizza Margherita today.


  • The first pizzeria in the United States was opened in 1905 by Gennaro Lombardi. He sold pizza at his street front shop in Manhattan, located in a booming Italian-American neighborhood. Lombardi’s is still in operation today and, though it is no longer at its 1905 location, the restaurant has the same oven as it did in 1905.
  • When pizza chains opened in the U.S. to feed the masses, Americans paid attention. Pizza Hut (1958), Little Caesars (1959), Domino’s (1960), and Papa John’s (1989) made pizza a convenient choice for fast food.

Top 5 Spots

Lombardi’s Pizza: Manhattan, New York City – Acknowledged by the Pizza Hall of Fame as the first pizzeria in the United States, Lombardi’s coal-fired, thin-crust Neapolitan pizza is still a winner.

Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria: Chicago, IL – Family-owned local chain for Italian classics & Chicago-style, deep-dish pizzas with butter crusts. Don’t ask just go! This is Chicago’s best pizza.

Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria: Robbinsville, New Jersey – These guys have been around since 1947 and were voted #1 in New Jersey recently. The tradition lives on! I would suggest bringing three or four friends and order two large pies; one with everything and one clam tomato pie. The concept of sharing will take on new meaning. 

Big Pie in the Sky: Kennesaw & Roswell, Georgia – This pizzeria was featured on the Travel Channel’s Man vs Food for their Carnivore Challenge (2009). The dough is made fresh from scratch every day using an original New York Style recipe. All pizzas are hand tossed and topped with only the best ingredients and cooked in a stone deck oven. The name says it all. When you ask for the biggest pie, you better mean it because you will soon be air-lifting a whopping 30” pie.

Bill’s Pizza: Palm Springs, California – Voted one of the top 100 pizza spots in America – this place rocks! Bill’s quest of making the best pizza possible led him to Italy and around the United States exploring a wide range of pizza styles and techniques including a pizza-making seminar with Chris Bianco, winner of the 2003 James Beard Award for Best Chef in the Southwest. You’ll be amazed at the culinary techniques used for making a one-of-a-kind pizza. Remember this –  you’ll love this pizza!

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Are you a foodie who loves photography? This contest may be for you! 

It’s easy to enter! Snap a photo of your favorite food/beverage from our February Food Holidays and enter for a chance to win the Readers’ Choice Award Deadline midnight – 29 February 2018 

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