February 9 – National Pizza Day

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February 9th is a day that celebrates a food favorite that spans generations and cultures – pizza! Flatbreads with toppings have been enjoyed as far back as the ancient Egyptians, but early pizza as we know it traces its roots back to Italy. Legend has it that in 1889 Queen Margherita and King Umberto I visited Naples after traveling through France. Bored of the French diet they had become accustomed to, they divulged into various types of pizza. The Queen’s love of the traditional pizza with mozzarella, tomatoes, and basil became a local favorite. As Italian immigrants made their way to the United States, so did their delicious pizzas!


Some pizza fun facts:


  • Pepperoni Pizza is the most popular in the United States. About 36% of pizzas ordered include pepperoni.
  • Every year in the United States, over 3 billion pizzas are sold! In addition, over 1 million frozen pizzas are purchased each year.
  • In the United States, 17% of all restaurants are pizzerias.
  • The first ever pizzeria was opened in Naples, Italy in 1738. It wasn’t until 1895 that New York City got America’s first pizzeria.

While pizza is loved by many, a number of consumers do not know about the asbestos exposure employees at older pizza shops may have endured. Historically, many older pizza ovens have been known to contain asbestos. Commercial pizza ovens built between 1940-1985 may contain asbestos in the fireproof cement utilized in the oven for its heat resistant properties. Some pizza oven manufacturers used asbestos during production, while others sourced asbestos containing bricks and cement from other companies in post-production. Workers who built the ovens, pizza cooks, and oven repair technicians who worked on these ovens, were all put at heightened risk for asbestos exposure.


If you or a loved one has a history of asbestos exposure from working with ovens and have been diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease such as mesothelioma or lung cancer, you may be entitled to compensation. Help starts here. Fill out a free case evaluation today.