Pizza Has a Lot Going On

Hello, dear reader, and welcome back to our blog! Here at Five10 pizza, we have made it our job, nay, our mission in life to make sure that as many Oakland area residents not only hear about our delicious pizza but also partake in a slice so that they too may see just how sublime our slices are. You see, to us pizza is not just another type of food. Pizza is history. Pizza is love. Pizza is life. We challenge all of our readers to try and think of a person they know who does not enjoy pizza. Can’t think of one? That’s because everyone, even if they don’t know it yet, loves pizza. In today’s blog post and the one following this, we are going to go over some interesting facts that we have come across over the years relating to pizza. We hope that by the end of this short series, you have learned a few things that you didn’t know before hand.

Pizza Facts For Pizza Enthusiasts

No matter what you enjoy in life, it seems like there are some essential facts that every fan must know. For sports fans, it’s stats and statistics. For art fans, it’s famous artists and their most endearing works of art. While pizza facts might not seem to be on the same level as these other fan groups, we here at Five10 Pizza still feel as though having a base knowledge of important facts relating to pizza is important for pizza enthusiasts around the world. Below, we have listed out a few of our favorite facts.


  • The United States has long been hailed as the pizza capital of the world. This is rather interesting considering that pizza is an Italian creation, however, a little history lesson quickly explains why pizza took off in America. New York, Boston, Trenton, NJ, and New Haven, CT were the first cities in the United States to start selling pizza. These four cities also saw a huge influx of Italian immigrants around the turn of the century.
  • When pizza was first introduced on the shores of America, it was only sold as a whole pie. It wasn’t until 1933 when Patsy Lancieri, of Patsy’s Pizzeria in New York City, that people were able to order pizza by the slice. This trend quickly spread to other pizzerias in the city and has become a staple of pizza culture.
  • While pizza is known all over the world for its Italian heritage, evidence suggests that the word has a little more history than that. The word “pizza” was first recorded in a Latin text from the southern Italian town of Gaeta in 997 AD. This pushed back the history of the word quite a bit and, upon further examinations and comparisons, it was discovered that the word pizza was Germanic in origin. During the second half of the first millennium, Italy was subject to successive domination by two Germanic-speaking groups, the Goths and the Langobards. So, the next time you’re enjoying  a slice, remember to thank those ancient Germanic tribes that named your favorite dish.


Join us again next time as we continue to cover some more of our favorite pizza facts and, as always, make sure to come down to Five10 pizza in Oakland and enjoy some of our delicious pies.