February 9, 2013

National Pizza Pie Day

“When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie, that's amore." - Dean Martin

It's National Pizza Pie Day!

Dean Martin knew what was up when he sang, “When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie, that’s amore. When the world seems to shine like you’ve had too much wine, that’s amore!”

Pizza pie and vino? Dino! You know me too well, darling!

In all seriousness, I’m not sure why some parts of the world call it “pizza pie.” Maybe it's a regional thing like soda vs. pop.; maybe it's because pizza is a version of an open-faced pie (crust, toppings, baked… bam!). Me? I’ve never really put that much thought into it. My French-Canadian grandfather always called it a "pizza pie", so my family was just used to hearing it called that.

Whatever you call it… pizza is delicious and versatile, and one of our country’s favorite foods. On average, Amur-KAH’ns eat roughly between 90 and 100 acres of pizza every single day. The pizza as we know it today comes from Italy (which, by the way, isn't where the concept of pizza originated… try Greece for that). Queen Marghertita was visiting Naples in 1889, and she was served a pizza with tomato sauce, mozzarella, and basil to represent the three colors of the Italian flag.

And now you’re all the wiser, foodies!

Remember, as you enjoy today (with a pickle and fried eggplant 'za if you're me), “when the stars make you drool just like a pasta fazool, that’s amore. When you dance down the street with a cloud at your feet, you’re in love!”

(I think he’s still talking about pizza pie... I would be.)

Happy National Pizza Pie Day!