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National Cheese Pizza Day

On September 5th, one of the most popular varieties of pizzas gets its day of honor.  Hold the toppings, please. It’s National Cheese Pizza Day!

  • In ancient Greece, the Greeks covered their bread with oils, herbs, and cheese which some believe is the beginning of the “pizza”.

  • In Byzantine Greek, the word was spelled “πίτα”, pita, meaning pie.

  • A sheet of dough topped with cheese and honey, then flavored with bay leaves was developed by the Romans.

  • The modern pizza had its beginning in Italy as the Neapolitan flatbread.

  • The original pizza used only mozzarella cheese, mainly the highest quality buffalo mozzarella variant which was produced in the surroundings of Naples.

  • It was estimated that the annual production of pizza cheese in the United States in 1997 was 2 billion pounds.

  • The first United States pizza establishment opened in 1905 was in New York’s Little Italy.

  • Pizza has become one of America’s favorite meals.

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