National Pizza with the Works Except Anchovies Day in The Villages FL
National Pizza with the Works Except Anchovies Day falls on November 12th and is also known as National Pizza With Everything (Except Anchovies) Day.
Pizza is the most eaten — and best liked — food item in the U.S. Each American eats about 46 pizza slices a year. Anchovy is a small fish that usually comes in a can.
Pizza fans feel it does not go well with a classic, deliciously topped pizza, since its flavor tends to overpower the more delicate nuances of the ingredients used as toppings.
Bring out the chef in you and top your personal pizza with your favorites, minus the anchovy, of course.
HISTORY OF NATIONAL PIZZA WITH THE WORKS EXCEPT ANCHOVIES DAY
Although there is no factual origin of this cod-less Pizza day and people continue to wonder about its origin, it does not mean this day cannot still be celebrated. In fact, if we go into the details of pizza making its way to America, we can find that the first restaurant pizza was made in New York City’s Little Italy in 1905.
But where does the idea of putting fish (anchovies) on the pizza come from? Well, if we go back in time and see what the Ancient Romans did, we would see that they used to put fermented fish on their flat breads. The Greeks had a pie which they called a “pita”, which could have led to the word entering the Roman (later Italian) vocabulary. The recipe stayed around the early days of pizza, and mozzarella was used as the cheese of choice. As pizza became more popular, and people added their own preferences, different ingredients were experimented with, and this is where anchovies crept in as a topping.
Pizza has been described as the favorite meal of Americans, especially since World War II. Since then, there have been different recipes and varieties of pizza, with a wide array of toppings. There always has been a group of people who have ridiculed the beloved pizza with anchovies as topping choice – so much so that only 3 in every 1,000 people would admit to selecting anchovy as a topping of choice. So this day celebrates the mainstream taste regarding pizza.
HOW TO CELEBRATE NATIONAL PIZZA WITH THE WORKS EXCEPT ANCHOVIES DAY
- Make a Pizza
Create and make pizzas, or have a pizza-making competition for family and friends to share the creativity of each. And turn a blind eye to the one who might slip in that topping-that-shall-not-be-mentioned. Create public awareness by sharing photos of the fun on social media.
- Donate those pizzas
Make your pizzas and share them with your local senior centre, group home or some NPO. You could involve friends and family, your colleagues, or members of the community and make this day delicious for people who would not normally get the chance to eat pizza.
- Build your own pizza oven and teach others
Clay pizza ovens are all the rage in the natural building fraternity, so impress those around you and design and make your own. That way, you have a talking and social point, and learn a new skill. You could use it for years to come, making pizza in the authentic way.
5 FACTS ABOUT PIZZA (AND ANCHOVIES) EVERYONE SHOULD KNOW
- The origin of pizza
In the times of ancient Greeks and Egyptians, pizza was a flatbread seasoned with cheese, oil, and herbs.
- Pizza is a 37 billion dollar industry
There are over a million people working in the pizza industry in the U.S., which generates $37 billion every year.
- Pizza was delivered in space
In 2001, a six-inch pizza was delivered to the International Space Station, where Yuri Usachov was the recipient.
- Some love anchovies on their pizza
0.003% of Americans select anchovies as a topping of their choice on a pizza.
- Fisherman prefer fishing at night for anchovy
Anchovies shine in the water because of their silvery scales and are easier to catch at night.
WHY DO WE CELEBRATE NATIONAL PIZZA WITH THE WORKS EXCEPT ANCHOVIES DAY?
- It’s our favorite meal
Pizza is definitely America’s favorite meal — roughly 100 acres of pizza a day or about 350 slices per second, are consumed. So even a funny day that makes fun of a topping, in this case anchovies, is part of what we celebrate daily.
- The focus is on the ‘works’
This day is about concentrating on the ‘works’ which point towards appreciating the toppings. Instead of an average pizza, this day celebrates the effort of selecting gorgeous, mouth-watering toppings and really savoring them.
- It helps us appreciate those who love anchovies
There are so few true blue anchovy lovers that it may be a good idea to get them to celebrate this day with you — without their fishy love. Then do a turn-around and let them make you a pizza with their favorite topping on it and give it a chance. You may love it and be hailed as a bridge builder across the topping divide in the pizza world.
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