NATIONAL PIZZA WITH THE WORKS EXCEPT ANCHOVIES DAY
Pizza with all of your favorite toppings, on the crust style of your choice, is on the menu November 12 as you, along with people all across the country, celebrate National Pizza with the Works Except Anchovies Day.
Anchovies are a family of small, common salt-water forage fish. Classified as an oily fish, there are 144 species found in the Atlantic, Indian and Pacific Oceans. Anchovies are small, green fish that have blue reflections caused by the silver longitudinal stripe which begin at the base of the caudal fin.
Traditionally, anchovies are processed in a salt brine and then packed in oil or salt resulting in a strong, characteristic flavor. Optionally they may be pickled in vinegar giving the anchovies a milder taste.
- In ancient Greece, the Greeks covered their bread with oils, herbs and cheese which some believe is the beginning of the “pizza”.
- In Byzantine Greek, the word was spelled “πίτα”, pita, meaning pie.
- A sheet of dough topped with cheese and honey, then flavored with bay leaves was developed by the Romans.
- The modern pizza had it’s beginning in Italy as the Neapolitan flatbread.
- The original pizza used only mozzarella cheese, mainly the highest quality buffalo mozzarella variant which was produced in the surroundings of Naples.
- It was estimated that the annual production of pizza cheese in the United States in 1997 was 2 billion pounds.
- The first United States pizza establishment opened in 1905 was in New York’s Little Italy.
- Pizza has become one of America’s favorite meals.
If your pizza is thin crust, hand tossed, thick crust or deep dish, top it with ALL of your favorite toppings (excluding anchovies) and celebrate National Pizza with the Works Except Anchovies Day!
Within our research, we were unable to find the creator of National Pizza with the Works Except Anchovies Day, an “unofficial” national holiday.