8 Delicious Facts About Pizza, America's Favorite Comfort Food

Despite the constant debate over culinary "firsts," you can get a slice at what's commonly acknowledged as the country's first pizzeria. Lombardi's was founded in 1905 by a Naples immigrant and was located in Little Italy, New York.

Based on a Zippia analysis of Yelp and Eat24 orders as well as the number of pizza restaurants per capita, it appears that Connecticut actually enjoys pizza more than other states. New York came in at No. 11, barely making it into the top 10. The least obsessive state with pizza? Hawaii.

Even though Totino's is better known now for its pizza rolls, which will always burn the roof of your tongue, it was the first frozen pizza brand to gain traction in the United States in the early 1960s.

You either really, really love pineapple on pizza, or you really, really don't, according to the research. A YouGov survey reveals that while 12% of Americans said pineapple is their all-time favorite pizza topping, 24% disagree.

Speaking of pineapples, it turns out that Canada, of all places, is where this somewhat tropical pie originated. According to Mental Floss, a Greek immigrant to Ontario in the 1960s decided to include pizza on his restaurant's menu after visiting the United States.

The average American eats 46 pieces of pizza annually, with the United States alone selling almost 3 billion pizzas annually. Do you want to dissect it even more? We devour 350 slices per second, and 40% of us eat it every week. Activate the Tums.

2018 saw competitive eater Geoff Esper consume 83 slices in 10 minutes just short of 14 six-slice pizzas. Given his background, the achievement is expected: Other eating records he's held include ones involving brats, tamales, pretzels, and chicken wings.

Tom Monhagan, the creator of Domino's, assisted in creating the renowned Domino's College of Pizzerology because he wanted to provide corporate executives with a special, in-depth training program.