There is no denying the special place that pizza holds in the heart of many NJ residents and Americans across the country. It’s hard to believe that it’s only existed in the USA for little more than a century since it has had a profound influence on pop culture. There are some interesting things surrounding this American institution that we’d like to share with you.
How Pizza Went Mainstream
While there’s always speculation, it’s mostly agreed that the first pizza was served in New York City by Lombardi’s grocery store in 1905. However, it was only eaten by poor Italian immigrants until after WWII when GIs came home craving the popular Italian dish. From there, the rest is history.
Sure it looks cool, and there are even professional competitions for slinging dough, but there’s a reason pizzerias do it. It’s the best way to evenly spread dough, which leads to a more uniform crust and helps retain moisture.
Mozzarella is the main pizza cheese. In fact, food scientists tested the baking properties of different cheeses, and confirmed it’s the best cheese for pizza. There are four different kinds: mozzarella di bufala (from water buffalo in Italy), fior di latte (cow’s milk), a creamy Italian version called burrata, and the pizza cheese most commonly found in America, which is usually whole or part-skim mozzarella.
There’s never a bad time to order pizza in NJ—or anywhere else for that matter—but there are times where it seems everyone is craving a slice. Pizzerias sell the most pies on Halloween, the night before Thanksgiving, New Year’s Eve, and Super Bowl Sunday.
It’s a Fact
Americans eat a lot of pizza. How much is a lot? Research firm Technomic estimated that we ate 350 slices each second, and that 40% of Americans ate pizza at least once a week in 2013. That’s a lot of pizza.
If you’re hungry for a slice right now, contact Mangia Brick Oven Pizza. We can help you out if you give us a call at (732) 578-9000.