Roughly 3 billion pizzas are sold in the United States during any given year. This means that about 350 slices of pizza are eaten each second of every day in the US. This translates into 100 acres (40 hectares) of pizza that is consumed on any given day in the US.
More facts about pizza:
- Pepperoni is the most popular topping for pizzas in the US, with 36 percent of all pizzas sold annually including this topping. The least favorite topping that is commonly offered is anchovies. More than 60 percent of pizza lovers in the US prefer meat toppings over vegetable toppings.
- The first pizzeria in the US was opened in New York City in 1905 by a man named Gennaro Lombardi. Tables and chairs were added sometime during the early 1930s. The original pizzeria remained in operation into the 21st century.
- Pizza did not become highly popular in the US until after World War II, when demand for the dish from military veterans increased. During the 1950s, pizzerias become more common across the US. The first frozen pizzas and boxed pizza mixes appeared in US supermarkets in 1957.