Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Some Cheesy Pizza Facts

Regardless of who was first or where it all began, (Italians, and Naples by the way), 
pizza is just simply sublime. It is the purest example of the true beauty of real Italian 
food being it’s simplicity.  Great ingredients, prepared simply, speak for themselves.

Here are some unbelievably mind boggling statistics on pizza.
Some of which are are truly astounding.
But I found them on the internet so...    they must be true!
  • The U.S. pizza industry grosses $30 billion annually.
  • Americans (or at least people in America) eat an average of 350 slices of pizza each second.  That comes out to an astounding 100 acres of pizza a day!
  • The United States has over 60,000 pizzerias. 9,000 in New York alone.
  • The average American eats 23 lbs of pizza a year. That’s roughly 46 - 8 oz. slices.
  • 3 billion pizzas are sold every year in America.
  • 93% of Americans eat at least one pizza a month.
  • The most popular pizza topping in the U.S. is pepperoni, claiming about 36% of all pizzas ordered.
  • The least popular topping among standard pizza toppings is anchovies.
  • Every year, 251,770,000 pounds of pepperoni is consumed in the United States.
  • Pizza as we know it today originated in Naples, Italy.
  • The most popular ethnic food in the U.S. is now Italian.
  • Kids between 3 & 11 prefer pizza over all other foods for lunch and dinner. Want your kids to eat vegetables? Put them on a pizza!
  • Some of the most common pizza toppings are: pepperoni, mushrooms, onions, peppers, fresh sausage, ham, bacon, olives and of course the dreaded anchovy. All over the U.S. there are regional specialty toppings as well. These include: chicken, oyster, greens, potatoes, duck, smoked whitefish, crayfish, lobster, smoked salmon, bean sprouts, eggplant, venison, pineapple, spam, fish roe, eggs and tuna, to name a few.
  • Americans prefer meat to veggies by a ratio of 62 to 100
  • The busiest days for pizza delivery are: New Year's Day, New Year's Eve, Halloween, Thanksgiving Eve, and Super Bowl Sunday.
  • Moose’s Tooth Pub & Pizzeria in Anchorage, Alaska is the nations highest grossing single unit pizzeria with sales of over $6 million. And that ain’t no blubber!
  • America’s first official pizzeria was licensed in New York City in 1905 in New York City. Lombardi’s Pizza. Still operating today.
  • The first pizzeria in the world is considered to be Antica Pizzeria Port’ Alba in Naples, Italy. It started selling pizzas to street peddlers in Naples, Italy in 1738. Tables and chairs were added in 1830 to served the public and is still in operation today.
  • The average pizzeria in the U.S. uses about 55 pizza boxes a day.

Some Popular Pizza Toppings Around the World
  • JAPAN: Maya Jaga Pizza (mayonnaise, potato & bacon), eel, squid.
  • AUSTRALIA: shrimp, pineapple, barbecue sauce.
  • RUSSIA: Mockba (sardines, mackerel, salmon, red herring, tuna & onions).
  • INDIA: pickled ginger, paneer, mutton.
  • BRAZIL: green peas.
  • FRANCE: bacon, onion, creme fraiche.
  • PAKISTAN: curry.
  • COSTA RICA: coconut.
  • NETHERLANDS: The Double Dutch (double meat, double cheese, double onion.

Check out the menu from Pizza-La, Japan’s highest grossing pizza chain at

And check out their wacky commercial. It reminds me of the old
"visit the snack bar" snippets from the old drive-in theaters.

O’Tooles Bistro & Pub Pizza Menu
In redefining the menu at O’Tooles at Cass Lake in Waterford, a full page has been dedicated to pizza. So far it looks like that was a great decision. Our investment of a new mixer to facilitate making 
dough in house every day, re-tooling our ovens to provide the proper heat source necessary for 
real italian pizzas, and our commitment toward the purchasing of local, fresh and natural
 ingredients is being very well received by everyone that has tried our new pizzas.

Some of O'Tooles most popular pizzas so far have been:
  • The Cass Lake Special - sauce, mozz, pepperoni, ham, sausage, mushrooms, onions, tri-color peppers.
  • The Lafayette - mozz, detroit style coney chili, michigan hot dogs, onions, cheddar & mustard.
  • The Spartan - sauce, mozz, spinach, fresh tomato, olives, feta, red onions.
  • The Ann Arbor Special - sauce, mozz, roasted peppers, artichokes, roasted onions, mushrooms, spinach & goat cheese.
  • The Cheddar BLT - mozz, sliced tomatoes, bacon, cheddar, lettuce, mayo.
  • The Jessie Mack - sauce, mozz, double pepperoni, ham, sausage, bacon.
  • The Frank n’Fries - fries, michigan hot dogs, cheddar.
  • The BBQ Pulled Pork - bbq sauce, bbq pulled pork, smoked mozzarella, slaw, chop house onions.
Japan & France got nothin’ on us!

-Chef Jeff
Home on the Range in O'Tooles Kitchen

Check Out Our New Menu New Family Friendly Vibe

O'Tooles Bistro & Pub, Cass Lake
4000 Cass Elizabeth Road, Waterford

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