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National Pizza Week

Get ready to indulge in a week-long celebration of everyone's favorite food - pizza! From classic slices to unique toppings, there's something for every pizza lover during National Pizza Week.
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Introduction

Get ready to indulge in your favorite cheesy, saucy, and delicious treat on National Pizza Week, which takes place on the second Sunday in January! This week-long celebration of all things pizza was first started by pizzeria owners in 1984 as a way to promote their businesses during the slower winter season. Now, it has become a beloved holiday for pizza lovers everywhere, with special deals and events happening at pizzerias across the country. So why not gather your friends and family for a pizza party or try out some new toppings and flavors during this tasty week?

History of National Pizza Week

National Pizza Week Dates

National Pizza Week Timeline

<div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>Late 18th Century</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Birth of Pizza</div><div class='timeline-text'>In the late 18th Century, the pizza as we know it today was born in Naples, Italy. It was originally a dish for poor people, sold in the streets and not considered a kitchen recipe for a long time.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1889</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Creation of Margherita Pizza</div><div class='timeline-text'>In 1889, to honor the Queen consort of Italy, Margherita of Savoy, the first pizza pie with tomato, mozzarella cheese and basil, representing the colors of the Italian flag, was created.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>Late 19th Century</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Pizza Comes to America</div><div class='timeline-text'>Italian immigrants brought pizza to the USA in the late 19th century. Lombardi's in New York City, opened in 1905, is generally regarded as America's first pizzeria.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1945</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Pizza Goes Mainstream</div><div class='timeline-text'>After World War II, veterans returning from the Italian Campaign, who had tasted pizza in Italy, increased the popularity of pizza in the USA.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1958</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Birth of Pizza Chain</div><div class='timeline-text'>In 1958, two brothers Dan and Frank Carney started the first pizza delivery chain, Pizza Hut, in Wichita, Kansas.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1993</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>National Pizza Week Origins</div><div class='timeline-text'>The second week in January was unofficially commemorated by pizza lovers as National Pizza Week. Pizza businesses across the country celebrate with special pizza deals and promotions.</div></div></div>

How to Celebrate National Pizza Week

<div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>1</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Host a pizza party</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Invite friends and family over for a pizza party! Have a variety of toppings and crust options for everyone to create their own personalized pizza.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>2</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Try new pizza toppings</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Step out of your comfort zone and try some unique pizza toppings, like pineapple or BBQ chicken. You may discover a new favorite!</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>3</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Create a pizza-themed movie night</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Pick out some classic pizza-themed movies, like "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" or "Mystic Pizza," and have a cozy movie night with some delicious pizza.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>4</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Visit local pizzerias</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Support small businesses and try out different local pizzerias in your area. You may find a hidden gem!</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>5</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Make pizza-inspired desserts</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Get creative in the kitchen and make some sweet treats inspired by pizza, like sugar cookie pizzas or pizza-shaped brownies.</p></div></div>

Why We Love National Pizza Week

<div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>A</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Pizza is a crowd pleaser</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Who doesn't love pizza? It's the perfect food for any occasion - whether it's a party, a movie night, or just a casual dinner. With so many different toppings and styles to choose from, there's something for everyone to enjoy!</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>B</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It's budget-friendly</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Pizza is not only delicious, it's also affordable! You can feed a whole group of people with just one large pizza, making it the perfect option for when you're on a budget. Plus, leftovers are always welcomed!</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>C</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Endless toppings and flavor combinations</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>The beauty of pizza is that you can customize it to your liking. From classic pepperoni to more unique options like BBQ chicken or veggie lovers, the possibilities are endless. National Pizza Week is the perfect time to try out some new and exciting flavor combinations!</p></div></div>

5 Delicious Facts About Pizza

<div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>1</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Pizza Originated in Naples, Italy</h3><p class='facts-content'>The first known pizzas were made by the Neapolitans in the late 18th and early 19th centuries, with ingredients like tomatoes, cheese, oil, garlic and anchovies.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>2</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Pepperoni is the Most Popular Pizza Topping in America</h3><p class='facts-content'>Americans love their pepperoni. Approximately 36% of all pizza orders in the U.S. include this spicy sausage.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>3</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>The World's Largest Pizza Was Over 13,000 Square Feet</h3><p class='facts-content'>In 2020, using gluten-free dough, Italian chefs in Rome created a pizza that measured 13,580.28 square feet. This pizza also broke the record for the largest gluten-free pizza.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>4</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>The Margherita Pizza was Named After a Queen</h3><p class='facts-content'>The Margherita Pizza was named after Queen Margherita of Italy in 1889. The pizza's color – red tomatoes, green basil, and white mozzarella cheese symbolize the Italian flag.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>5</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Hawaiian Pizza was created in Canada</h3><p class='facts-content'>Despite its name, the Hawaiian pizza, topped with ham and pineapple, was invented in 1962 by the owner of Satellite Restaurant in Ontario, Canada.</p></div></div>

National Pizza Week FAQs

When is National Pizza Week?

National Pizza Week Dates

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2023

Jan 8

Sunday

2024

Jan 14

Sunday

2025

Jan 12

Sunday

2026

Jan 11

Sunday

2027

Jan 10

Sunday

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