Sure, there’s a game on, but isn’t Super Bowl Sunday really all about the food? Maybe not entirely, but it is certainly a big part of the appeal. For millions of Americans, one cheesy, sauce-laden meal tops the list of nosh-worthy foods during game day gatherings. Of course, we’re talking about pizza. Here’s a closer look at this beloved food, along with what all Super Bowl party hosts need to know in order to score touchdowns with their game day pizza spreads this Super Bowl Sunday.
A Brief History of Pizza
According to History.com, pizza dates all the way back to the Greek settlement of Naples during the 1700s and 1800s. Heavily populated by working class citizens, society found itself with a problem: the need to feed these poor with affordable and easily consumable food.
In response to this demand, street vendors and casual restaurants began serving up flatbreads covered with toppings, including many of the favorites we know and love today, such as cheese, anchovies, garlic and tomatoes. And so Naples’ earliest incarnation of pizza was born, although historians have also determined that other cultures enjoyed feasting on flatbreads, including the Romans, Greeks, and Egyptians.
It wasn’t until the end of the 1800s, however, that pizza transitioned from a working class meal to a sought-after food. During a visit to Naples following the Italian unification, King Umberto I and Queen Margherita were looking for an alternative to the stuffy French foods upon which they’d been dining during their visit. They were served an assortment of pizzas and fell in love (with the pizzas).
At the same time that pizza was taking over the European continent, it had also immigrated to America, thereby forever changing the face of food in the U.S.
The Many Different Kinds of Pizza
Today, many people live their lives in pursuit of the “perfect” slice. Of course, “perfect” is relative — particularly when you factor in that all pizza is not created equal. Given that Chicago and New York were two of the American cities where pizza took off the fastest, it’s hardly surprising that the two towns remain today as pizza strongholds — each known for its own unique spin on the food.
So what differentiates New York pizza from Chicago pizza? It almost all comes down to the crust. While New York pizza is thin, crisp, and usually limited to just a handful of toppings, Chicago pizza is deep-dish with thicker dough able to hold up to layers upon layers of tasty toppings. If you’re asking yourself which is better, however, you may be wrangling with the wrong question. Rather, the more appropriate question might be, “Which type of slice do you feel like today?”
But the pizza preference quandary doesn’t end there. The right toppings can also make or break the pizza-eating experience, and range from always-delicious cheese and pepperoni to gourmet versions incorporating everything from to lobster and white truffles to Croatian sweet fig preserve drizzled with a balsamic reduction.
Pizza and the Super Bowl
USA Today recently declared that, “Pizza has become to Super Bowl Sunday what eggs are to Easter. Or candy canes to Christmas,” while Stanford University consumer psychologist and marketing professor explains,
“There are situations socially tied to food categories. Just as you might go on an airplane and order a tomato juice, you watch the Super Bowl and eat pizza.”
There’s a reason why the Super Bowl tackles New Year’s Eve, Halloween, the night before Thanksgiving, and New Year’s Day to claim the top spot on the National Restaurant Association’s roundup of top five pizza sales days, as reported by Netscape.
Beyond Pizza Delivery
Sure you could reach for the phone and order from your local chain restaurant, but why settle for ordinary on an extraordinary day? Thanks to gourmet mail-order food companies like FoodyDirect, the options are more delicious than ever.
How is FoodyDirect disrupting the conventional pizza delivery industry? By partnering with renowned regional and artisan pizza establishments like Chicago’s My Pi Pizza, San Francisco’s Tony’s Pizza Napoletana, Buffalo’s Bocce Club Pizza, and other well-known names to deliver their creations direct to your door — making it easier than ever to serve up the country’s very best pizza, steaming hot and fresh from your oven.
When it’s time to serve hungry party-goers this February 5th, will your pizza deliver? Start planning your menu by shopping gourmet mail order pizza and other game day food at FoodyDirect today.