October is National Pizza Month. Tweens certainly love their pizza, and it is the age group's favorite food according to a Gallup Poll.
A few interesting facts about this month's tribute to the tween favorite:
- Congress designated October as National Pizza Month in 1987.
- People in the United States consume the equivalent of approximately about 23 lbs., or 46 slices, of pizza every year.
- Pizzerias make up approximately 17 percent of all restaurants in America.
- America's first pizzeria was Lombardi's, opened in 1905 in New York City by an Italian immigrant.
- Pizza is now a $30 billion industry in the U.S.
- In the U.S., 60% of order include pepperoni, the most popular pizza topping. In Europe, tuna is the most popular topping.
- The most popular days for ordering pizza are Super Bowl Sunday, Halloween, the day before Thanksgiving, New Year's Eve and New Year's Day.
The health benefits of pizza are somewhat debated. LiveStrong.com recommends telling your tween to eat whole grain pizza crust with low-fat cheese and order veggies as toppings instead of meat. The internet is full of ways to make pizza less of a nutritional minefield for you and your tween.
Sometimes, though, I find that we can enjoy some quality time with our tween over the Chicago-style deep dish deliciousness from Giordano's or Lou Malnati's. Which is your favorite? or do you prefer to make your own?