Supreme Pizza Quiz

By: Kelly Scott
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About This Quiz

Whether you go for enough toppings to topple it over or you prefer plain ol' cheese, we're betting you like pizza. Are you saucy enough to test your pizza knowledge in this 25-question quiz?

What is notable about Chicago style pizza?

The pan in which it is baked gives the pizza its characteristically high edge and a deep surface for large amounts of cheese and a chunky tomato sauce, creating more of a pie than a flatbread. The thick layer of toppings used in deep-dish pizza requires a longer baking time, which could burn cheese or other toppings if they were used as the top layer of the pizza. Because of this, the toppings are assembled "upside-down" from their usual order on a pizza.

What is notable about New York style pizza?

The first pizzeria in America was founded by Gennaro Lombardi in New York City's Little Italy in 1905. New York–style pizza is traditionally hand-tossed, typically large (around 18 inches / 45 cm) in diameter, and commonly cut into 8 wide slices. The slices are often eaten while folded in half, as their thinness sometimes makes them tough to eat flat.

What is notable about Detroit style pizza?

The square-shaped pizza is the result of being baked in a square pan, which is often not a pizza pan but typically industrial parts trays are often used, which were originally made to hold small parts in factories. The crust of a Detroit-style pizza is also noteworthy because in addition to occasionally being twice-baked, it is usually baked in a well-oiled pan to a chewy medium-well-done state that gives the bottom and edges of the crust a fried/crunchy texture. Some parlors will apply melted butter with a soft brush prior to baking. The resulting pizza has a chewy texture.

Where did modern pizza evolve?

Located in the heart of the Mediterranean Sea, Italy shares open land borders with France, Switzerland, Austria, Slovenia, San Marino and Vatican City.

If someone orders a "white pizza" what are they going to get?

Known as "pizza bianca" in Italian, a white pizza refers to pizza that contains no sauce, just a slathering of cheese with other toppings. We've heard champagne makes a delicious drink pairing with white pizza.

What comprises a traditional Neapolitan pizza?

No fancy toppings here! One of a Neapolitan pizzas defining characteristics is that there is often more sauce than cheese, leaving the middle of the pie wet or soggy and not conducive to being served by the slice. Because of this, Neapolitan pizzas are generally pretty small (about 10-12 inches), making them closer to the size of a personal pizza.

Which of the following is NOT in the flatbread family along with pizza?

A flatbread is a bread made with flour, water and salt, and then thoroughly rolled into flattened dough. Many flatbreads are unleavened—made without yeast—although some are slightly leavened, such as pita bread. They can range from very thin (one millimeter!) to quite thick (a couple inches).

When was frozen pizza invented?

In 1951, Rose and Jim Totino opened one of the first pizzerias in Minneapolis, Minnesota. When their business boomed, they decided to try manufacturing frozen pizzas. By the late 1960s, Totino's had become the best-selling frozen pizza in the country.

What 1990s innovation improved frozen pizza, instigating a huge jump in sales?

Modern “rising crust" frozen pizzas debuted in the 1990s, and the frozen pizza industry saw sales go from $1 billion per year in 1995 to more than $5 billion per year today. That's a lotta pizza!

Which of the following is NOT a cousin to the pizza?

Calzones are basically folded up pizzas, focaccia is another type of Italian flatbread, and bruschetta is a toast appetizer typically served with pizza-like toppings. Risotta, on the other hand, is a north Italian rice dish cooked in a broth to a creamy consistency and it is one of the most common ways of cooking rice in Italy.

What are the traditional toppings of a pizza margherita?

in 1889, a pizza maker in Naples was commissioned to create a pizza in honor the visiting Queen Margherita. He created three varieties and the Queen strongly preferred a pie swathed in the colors of the Italian flag: red (tomato), green (basil), and white (mozzarella), now famously known as the pizza margherita.

If you order "pizza al taglio" what will you end up with?

Want just a slice of pizza? Order pizza al taglio, literally pizza "by the cut" in Italian, which is a variety of pizza baked in large rectangular trays, and generally sold in rectangular or square slices by weight, with prices marked per kilogram or per 100 grams. This type of pizza was invented in Rome, and is common throughout Italy. Many variations and styles of pizza al taglio exist - the simplest varieties include pizza margherita (tomato sauce and cheese), pizza bianca (olive oil, rosemary and garlic), and pizza rossa (tomato sauce only).

About how many pizzerias are in the US?

Give or take, there are about 61,300 pizzerias in the United States.

What percentage of Americans confess to "eating pizza regularly"?

Pizza accounts for more than 10% of all food service sales and the top 5 pizza sales days are Super Bowl Sunday, New Year's Eve, Halloween, the night before Thanksgiving, and New Year's Day.

How big was the record-breaking, largest pizza ever made?

This record-breaking pizza needed 9,920 lb of flour, 198 lb of salt, 3,968 lb of cheese, and 1,984 lb of tomato puree.

What is the most popular style crust in America?

Regular thin crust is most popular in America, it is preferred by 61% of the population, 14% prefer deep-dish, and 11% prefer extra thin crust.

How many calories does an average slice of medium-sized cheese pizza contain?

While cheese pizza does have a significant number of calories and a considerable amount of fat, don't despair! It also has a respectable measure of essential dietary vitamins and minerals.

What are the traditional toppings on a pizza carbonara?

It is not clear that the pizza carbonara is an authentic Italian traditional or regional recipe, but numerous recipes for it are in circulation. While they are, predictably, variable, the most constant ingredients are eggs and fatty pork or bacon. The recipe seems to have been devised by taking the typical ingredients for the sauce used in pasta alla carbonara (itself a dish that only became popular relatively recently) and turning them into a pizza topping.

When is National Pizza Month in the US and Canada?

First observed in the United States during 1984, October was designated as National Pizza Month by Gerry Durnell, the founder of Pizza Today magazine, who chose that month because the first issue of his magazine debuted in October of that year.

What are the traditional toppings on a pizza capricciosa?

Pizza capricciosa is prepared with mozzarella cheese, Italian baked ham, mushroom, artichoke and tomato. Some versions may also use prosciutto (a dry-cured ham), marinated artichoke hearts, olive oil, olives, basil leaves and egg. "Capricciosa" translates to capricious from English to Italian, meaning this pizza is whimsical, unpredictable, or even naughty sometimes!

Within what time frame does Domino's promise to deliver its pizza?

Domino’s 30 minute or less scheme was started in 1973 and promised that if a delivery failed to reach the customers within 30 minutes, they would receive it for free. Soon after debuting this marketing, Domino’s faced a nasty lawsuit by the family of a woman in Indiana who was hurt by a speeding Domino’s Pizza delivery motorist, who claimed he was just trying to deliver pizza within 30 minutes. Domino's has since added caveats to their delivery-time guarantee.

Approximately how many pounds of pepperoni are consumed in the US annually?

Americans consume around 251,770,000 pounds of pepperoni each year.

What are the traditional toppings on a pizza pugliese?

Pugliese means it's related to the region of Puglia, the high heel of Italy's "boot" in the south, bordering the Adriatic Sea in the east. While the standard pizza pugliese has tomatoes, onion and mozzarella, variations exist. Some versions may also use oregano, olives and capers as ingredients, and some may omit the use of pizza sauce and substitute half of the mozzarella with Provolone cheese that is sliced or grated. And some versions even get crazy with pecorino cheese.

What are the traditional toppings on a pizza quattro stagioni?

"Quattro stagioni" means "four season" in Italian, so a pizza quattro stagioni is tomato-based and divided in four sectors, one for each season: spring has cooked ham and black olives, summer has artichokes, autumn has tomato and mozzarella, and winter has mushrooms.

Which country eats the most frozen pizza per capita?

A survey from 2004 showed that Norwegians eat the most frozen pizza (5.4 kg per person per year), followed by Germans.

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