Why is pizza so popular in the US?
Easy group dinner or tasty midnight snack, pizza is a staple in the United States. Americans love pizza so much, that they eat 100 acres of pizza a day. (If you don't measure your pizza consumption in acres, it's about 350 pieces of pizza per second!) Have you ever wondered, how this Italian pie became an American sensation?
Well, like most Americans, emigrated. Pizza has become so popular, as in part due to the sheer number of Italian immigrants: they constituted 4 millions of 20 millions of immigrants, who came to the United States in 1880-1920. With them they brought their taste buds and made tasty pizza. After the Second World War, Italian Americans emigrated west and settled in the suburbs, introducing sticky cheese and delicious sauce to a wider nation.
Italian immigrants first made pizza in their homes and sold it in unlicensed premises, before G.. Lombardi became the first licensed pizzeria in 1905 year in New York. With these American pizzerias, the time has come to invent a slice of pizza. While pizza was already working class food in Naples (place of his birth), a piece revolutionized the pizza in the United States, making it even more accessible to busy employees, who could now buy one serving, they could eat on the way instead of buying the whole cake.
Shortly after the introduction of pizza in the United States, pizza has become more popular in the United States than in Italy. This is partly why, that the pizza is not entirely Italian. Naples was originally founded by Greek settlers around 600 year BCE and it is known, there was pizza there, before the city was reunited with the rest of Italy in 1861 year. Cheese, tomato delight was introduced to larger Italian cuisine only in the 1940s. Thus, at least for a while, the pizza was much more American than Italian.