Celebrate National Pizza Party Day
Published on Friday, May 10, 2013 - 9:51am
Some food historians believe that pizza-like dishes (baking bread with toppings on stones in a wood oven) can be traced back to the early Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cultures.
Today's pizza pie has been attributed to baker Raffaele Esposito of Naples, Italy. In 1889, a special pizza dish was created to honor King Umberto and Queen Margherita by Esposito. To represent the colors of the Italian flag, Esposito used Neapolitan flat bread with green basil, white mozzarella cheese and red tomato sauce.
Celebrate the eating of pizza on May 17, 2013.
- First pizzeria in North America was opened in 1905 by Gennaro Lombardi in New York City.
- First "Pizza Hut" chain of restaurants appeared in the United States during the 1930s.
- Frozen pizza was invented by Rose Totino of Minnesota.
- Camela Vitale of Dix Hills, N.Y., invented the pizza saver (made of plastic) to keep the top of the box from touching the pizza.
If you have a craving for pizza, check out these titles for young people.
|Any Way You Slice It
by Nancy Krulik
|Arthur and the World Record
by Marc Brown
by Karla Oceanak
|Pizza at Sally's
by Monica Wellington
|Margret & H.A. Rey's Curious George at the Pizza Party
by Cynthia Platt
|Pizza the Size of the Sun
by Jack Prelutsky
|Super Chicken Nugget Boy and the Pizza Planet People
by Josh Lewis
|Rabbit & Robot:
by Cece Bell
Ravenous for more titles, Check out our reading list of books for young people about pizza.
- Pizza for Sam by Mary Labatt
- Pizza Counting by Christina Dobson
- Pizza Kittens by Charlotte Voake
- Little Red Hen (Makes a Pizza) by Philemon Sturges
- Pete's a Pizza by William Steig
- Hold the Anchovies: A Book About Pizza by Shelley Rotner
- Extra Cheese, Please!: Mozzarella's Journey From Cow to Pizza by Cris Peterson
- Young Cam Jansen and the 100th day of School Mystery by David Adler
- Dragon Pizzeria by Mary Morgan
- Wilky the White House Cockroach by Howie Schneider