5 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Pizza

February 9 is National Pizza Day. Whether it is thin crust, Chicago-style, deep dish or anything in between, pizza is an American favorite. Here are 5 facts you probably didn't know about one of America’s favorite foods...


The Outer Edge of a Pizza Has a Name The outer edge of a pizza is called a cornicione (cor-nee-cho-nay), which means "molding" or "cornice." Aficionados can use this to impress their friends with their pizza knowledge. The crust of a pizza is actually the name for the base where the toppings are laid.

You Can’t Buy Pizza Slices When You Visit Italy Those in the know know that when visiting Italy, you won't find pizza pie slices with your favorite toppings at the ready because pizza just isn't sold that way. Italians either serve whole pizzas or bake them in big trays and cut them into rectangles or squares. Early pizza sellers in New York quickly learned that not everyone had the money to buy a whole pie, so they started to cut those pizzas into wedges, which became the New York-style slice.


Pizza Hut Concocted A Pizza-Scented Perfume Love the smell of pizza? You may have been among the target audience for Pizza Hut Canada’s limited-edition perfume that they released in 2012. According to the press release, the perfume smelled like “freshly baked, hand-tossed dough.” 

The World’s Biggest Pizza Weighed More Than 13 Tons According to the “Guinness Book of World Records,” the biggest round pizza was made on December 8, 1990, in Norwood, South Africa. This gastronomical delight was more than 122 feet in diameter and weighed a whopping 26,883 pounds. It was topped with 1,763 pounds of mushrooms and 3,960 pounds of cheese, not counting the chopped tomatoes and tomato puree. 

A Canadian Invented the Hawaiian Pizza It might be true that there are two types of pizza eaters in the world: those who like pineapple on their pies and those who don’t. On a whim, Sam Panopoulos, a Canadian who immigrated to his new homeland from Greece when he was just 20, tossed pineapple and ham on a pizza to see how it would taste. That was in 1962, and ever since, the unique combo has won over the taste buds of many a pizza lover.