Pizza is one of the most unmatched foods ever created. Even though you’ve undoubtedly consumed more pizza than you would probably like to admit, we’re willing to bet that there are many things about this Italian staple you don’t know!
Not convinced? Find out some surprising facts about pizza that might rock your pepperoni world.
West for Pizza
Pizza came from the West, but its second home was in America. The first pizzeria, Lombardi’s, opened in New York City in 1905, when Italian immigrants had arrived on the East Coast by the close of the nineteenth century. Pizza quickly became a cultural staple in the United States.
A Texan named Ike Sewell opened a pizzeria in Chicago shortly after the United States entered World War II. He hoped to attract new customers by serving a “heartier” deep dish version. This included a deeper and thick crust, as well as toppings that were richer and more abundant, such as cheese on the bottom and a mountain of chunky tomato sauce on top.
The “Pizza Theorem.”
The term “Pizza Theorem” isn’t a joke – it’s really what we call it!
The Pizza Theorem is a fundamental geometry tool for determining the equivalence of two regions generated by a particular method of disc partitioning. Dividing a pizza into pieces is analogous to the Pizza Theorum.
Since it’s also rather complex, we will only delve so deeply into the murky realm of numbers here. However, in a nutshell, if two individuals were to divide a pizza into pieces by the specifics of this theory and then take turns dividing the portions between them, they would wind up with an equivalent quantity of pizza, which is precisely the kind of mathematics we can support.
The Bus — The 8ft Long Pizza
In Texas, even the pizza is massive. Within the small Texan community of Burlson, at the Moontower Pizza Tavern, the world’s most giant publicly accessible pizza was created: a nearly 2-meter-long cheese-topped structure.
The 1.98-square-meter pizza, appropriately named “The Bus,” is baked in a revolving oven for half an hour before being packaged in a particular delivery case and shipped to customers.
The Bus costs about $250, comes with a single topping, and needs to be ordered 48 hours before delivery. Which, to be fair, doesn’t seem like too long a wait for such a giant pie. You could sustain an entire community with that pie!
NASA is printing 3D pizzas.
Delicious printed foods are the future, and they’re here now!
BeeHex, a Silicon Valley company, has been using 3D printing technology to create pizza. NASA awarded a $125,000 grant to the printer in 2016 to create a way for astronauts to produce their pizzas while on missions. The robot is so advanced that it can print 3D and prepare a pizza in just six minutes, furthering the inevitability of the robot uprising.