0 September 5 is National Cheese Pizza Day

National Cheese Pizza Day, September 5
Photo credit: Jeffrey Tastes/Flickr
Anyway you slice it, we all love pizza. In fact, Americans eat approximately 350 slices of pizza per second. Today, September 5, is National Cheese Pizza Day and I suspect millions will be celebrating this most delicious of food holidays without even realizing it.

According to food historians, the Greeks and Egyptians ate pizza-like dishes, but modern pizza has been attributed to baker Raffaele Esposito of Naples. In 1889, Esposito owned a restaurant called the Pizzeria di Pietro and baked what he called "pizza" especially for the visit of King Umberto I and Queen Margherita of Italy. Deeming the traditional garlic topping unfit for the royal palate, Esposito instead used a combination of tomatoes, mozzarella cheese and basil to emulate the colors of the Italian flag (known today as Margherita pizza).

Thin crust or deep dish? Where will you order your favorite pizza pie from today, or do you prefer to make your own?

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