The Best Pizza Facts Delivered In 30 Minutes Or Less!

Mouthwatering is just one of the hundreds of ways to describe pizza. In the United States alone, three billion pizzas are sold every year. From traditional pepperoni to controversial Hawaiian, the versatile food has proven it can make a fan out of anyone; even if you prefer a cauliflower crust. But just how much do you know about pizza? As far as food history goes, pizza has one that’s more than meets the eye (or should we say taste buds?). Here is everything you need to know about the cheesy food you just can’t get enough of!

Pizza Used To Be Paid As Rent

Pizza was used for rent in the dark ages
Tom McCorkle for The Washington Post via Getty Images
Tom McCorkle for The Washington Post via Getty Images

The first appearance of the word pizza shows that even back in the deep past people were obsessed with the food. A text from 997 AD from the town of Gaetia revealed that 12 pizzas used to be paid to the arch bishop twice a year as rent by landowners.

Along with the pizzas, landowners needed to pay at Christmas with pork shoulders and kidneys, and then again on Easter with whole chickens. We guess money hadn’t been invented yet?