Pepperoni Pizza Day
Pepperoni pizza has become the standard pizza for people around the world. In fact, it stands out as the singularly most ordered type of pizza on the whole planet.
Whether it’s buying pizza for a birthday party or a day at the office, just about everyone knows that a positive response can be guaranteed by buying one topped with pepperoni.
It is believed that the pizza was first developed in Italy in 1889 by Raffaele Esposito, although others claim that the first was sold in 1738 in Naples, Italy.
Pepperoni is one of many cased meats (like salami, but spicier) whose origins probably date back to Italian immigrants to New York City in the early 1900s.
At least the first known mention of pepperoni is when they started popping up in delis and pizza shops across town, made with a mix of beef and pork and added spices (especially peppers, hence the name is derived).
With a finer grain than most Italian meats, pepperoni is milder, making it a favorite to put on pizza. It wasn’t until the 1950s that pizza became a very popular dish in the United States.
The first mention of pizza in the United States was in a New York Times article calling it “a popular southern Italian pie.” And, even then, it continued to develop its flavor over time.
One of the best developments, of course, was the addition of pepperoni. And since then, he has become an American icon.