September 20th is National Pepperoni Pizza Day. Most pizza lovers recognize Pepperoni as the most popular pizza topping ever created. Pepperoni Pizza Day celebrates the pizza enjoyed by every age across the country. While pizza comes in many flavors, pepperoni is the single most popular pizza. Whether you like your pizza Chicago Style or New York Style, thin and crispy or deep dish, top it with pepperoni!
According to legend, Raffaele Esposito created the first pizza in the summer of 1889 to honor the Queen of Italy, Margherita of Savoy. He created the Pizza Margherita, a pizza topped with tomatoes, basil and mozzarella, which represented the colors of the Italian flag. While pizza has evolved since that time to include a multitude of toppings from anchovies and pineapple to sausage and bacon, pepperoni still remains the most popular. Please know that American pizza and Italian pizza are extremely different today.
Italian-American pizza makers developed the ever-popular topping through time-honored sausage making techniques. The seasoned pork and beef sausage is smoked and cured until the resulting product is ready to be sliced and placed on a delicious pie. According to DeKalb County Online food critic, Michael Embrey, pizza pies are as different as the locations you purchase them from. To many foodies, Chicagoland pizza is considered the best pies around. If you travel internationally, you will find Italian pizza and Sicilian pizza are extremely different. If you are a pizza connoisseur, please share your favorite location in the DeKalb County, Northern Illinois and Chicagoland areas and your pizza of choice.