National Pizza Week kicks off on the second Sunday in January. That’s tomorrow. Plus, we have a year of pizza holidays.
You have an entire week to celebrate one of America’s all-time favorite foods: comforting, affordable, ubiquitous…and delicious!
Head to the pizza holidays.
How much do Americans like pizza?
We Americans love our pizza. Depending on the survey, it’s America’s favorite food (vying with the burger).
Global data specialist BoldData determined that the number of pizza restaurants in the U.S. increased by a whopping 39.2% over the last five years.
(Note that the definition of “restaurant” can range from a large venue with table service to a take-out counter that delivers.)
Alas, thanks to the pandemic, the growth spurt abruptly stopped in 2020…with bright hopes for the post-pandemic future.
But because so much pizza is takeout and delivery rather than eat-in, the pizza party didn’t end in 2020.
Take a look at the growth curve: In 2016 there were 65,213 pizza places. In 2020, there were 90,817 pizza restaurants or counters.
Based on the trajectory, the beginning of 2021 should have reached the magical number of 100,000 pizza restaurants.
But thanks to COVID-19, the increase in 2020 was just 581 new outlets.
There are 245,244 pizza restaurants worldwide.
The U.S. takes the biggest slice of the worldwide pie. It’s home to the largest number of pizza restaurants: 90,817 restaurants for a population of 328.2 million population (in 2019).
The U.S. has more pizzerias than the next four countries combined (which total 88,100). That’s 36% of all pizza restaurants worldwide
Italy, where the modern pizza originated, comes in second with 42,288 pizzerias for a population of 60.36 million (2019). That’s 17% of the world’s total.
Brazil takes third place, with 32,283 pizzerias (population 209.5 million in 2018).
The top three countries combined are home to 67% of the world’s total amount of pizza restaurants.
Australia is number 8 on the list. With 5,598 pizza restaurants, they have one of the highest numbers of pizza places per capita.
The Huffington Post gathered favorite pizza toppings from a 2018 survey of the online food delivery service, Caviar.
While Caviar doesn’t represent a representative sampling of the entire country (it covers 20 major cities), here are its data on the most popular pizza toppings:
Whether you get takeout pizza or make your own, mark your calendars for:
*The Margherita is the original modern pizza. It was named after Queen Margherita, consort to Umberto I, King of Italy from 1878 to 1900. As the story goes, during a visit to Naples, she asked the best pizza maker in town, Don Raffaele, to make her a pie. He made it in the colors of the Italian flag (red, white, and green). The result: a simple but delicious pie of basil, mozzarella, and tomatoes.
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