Not that anyone needs another reason to eat pizza besides that it’s delicious and soothes our souls, but we’ll give you another one just because: October is national pizza month in the U.S. So if you haven’t decided on what to eat for lunch or dinner today, you now have your answer. If you brought your lunch to work, or have leftovers for dinner, they can wait. Pizza is on the menu this month and Upper Crust Pizza has the pie that will make your mouth water and will keep you coming back for 31 saucy October days. To get you ready, here are some pizza-licious facts about one of America’s favorite foods.
- Thick or Thin? When the nation was polled on what thickness they enjoyed the most, 61 percent of Americans said they preferred a classic, thin crust. Thick crust and deep dish came in second, tying at 14 percent, and a lonely 11 percent said they enjoyed extra thin.
- Hot Dog Crust? People make pizza out of strange things, but China may win the strangest award. A popular choice is pizza crust made of mini-hot dogs.
- Pizza is a Sport. Think you have what it takes to compete in the World Pizza Championships? Start practicing spinning your dough today and see if you can toss a dough that’s larger than 40 inches.
- The proof is in the Dough. Spinning and tossing the dough is quite the show, but it also helps the dough to retain moisture.
- Dough Ingredients: Other than flour and yeast, people have made pizzas from sweet potatoes, carrots, mushrooms, cauliflower, polenta, and more.
- Pizza for Dogs: Us humans love our pie, but dogs now have their own version. The “Heaven Scent Pizza” is made from flour, carrots, celery, and parmesan cheese.
Four Types of Mazzarella: Go to the store and you may only find one type, but look out for three others.
- Mozzarella di bufala: This type of cheese is used on Neapolitan-style pizzas in Italy and is made from the milk of water buffalo.
- Fior di latte: This type is similar to di bufala, but is made from cow’s milk.
- Burrata: Known for its creamy taste, this is a type of fresh Italian cheese.
- Pizza Cheese: This is what you will find in the grocery stores, a whole-milk or part-skim mozzarella.
- How Many? In April of 2017, a pizzeria in Portland won the award for having the largest number of cheeses on a pizza. Including cheeses like mozzarella, goat, pecorino, cheddar, brie, taleggio, Manchego, Parmigiano-Reggiano, and 93 more, making a total of 101 different types of cheese.
- Pizza Lingo: Mushrooms are commonly referred to as “screamers” by professional chefs.
- Count Them: There are over five million species of mushrooms known around the world and only a tiny amount are used on pizzas.
- Space Travel? Because the spores of mushrooms are made of chitin, the hardest natural substance on Earth, scientists believe that the spores are capable of space travel.
- Must-Have Sausage: If you love sausage on your pizza, remember that the National Sausage Pizza Day is October 11th.
- Second Best: After pepperoni, sausage is the second most popular topping.
- Avoid the Gum Line: If you notice a gooey layer between the crust and the toppings, this is known as the “gum line” and it caused when dough is undercooked, doesn’t have enough yeast, or the dough was topped with sauce or cheese that was too cold.
- Cheese-sauce Ratio: When Cristian Dumitru won the record for most pizza ever eaten (he ate over 200 pounds), he claimed the cheese-sauce ratio was too low.
- The Culture of Pizza: The Japanese enjoy teriyaki, Indians love paneer, and Australians add BBQ sauce.
So now you have it — mouth-watering facts to get you through National Pizza Month. We don’t really expect you to eat pizza every day, but we would love to see you at our restaurant in Santa Fe so we can share with you what we love most about our pizza: the fresh ingredients, the perfect chewy crust, and unique New Mexico ingredients. Check us out tonight.