When you’re a pizza aficionado in the Kingston area then you should already know all about Bubba’s Poutine and Pizzeria (http://www.bubbaspizzeria.com). Bubba’s reputation for its in house homemade pizza sauce and dough recipe has made it a favourite of pizza lovers of all ages for the last 30 years. However, while you may know everything you need to know about Bubba’s, there are probably still a few things you didn’t know about pizza itself!

For example, did you know that pizza, that quintessential Italian favourite, was actually a food staple first enjoyed by the Greeks?  Olive oil, spice, potatoes and even other vegetables were just a few of the toppings the ancient Greeks would put on large round flatbreads they would then bake before serving. Italians can still take pride in the fact the very first commercial pizza was developed and sold in Italian markets in the 18th century, and Naples remains the birthplace of the world’s first pizzeria, Antica Pizzeria.

You already know that mushrooms, sausage, bacon, pepperoni and pineapple are just some of the myriad of toppings people love to order on their pizza. However, you might be surprised to learn that early versions of pizza were served with neither cheese nor tomatoes. Cheese got its introduction to pizza thanks to Italian pizza chef Raffaele Esposito, who was given the task of creating a special pizza for his boss – Queen Margherita. Chef Esposito chose basil, cheese and tomato sauce to represent the colours of the Italian flag. The result is known today as the Margherita Pizza (http://www.food.com/recipe/margherita-pizza-pizza-margherita-318298).

Here are a few more quick facts about pizza. Cheese accounts for over 50% of the cost of a take-out pizza. Approximately three billion pizzas are sold each year in the United States, where October is officially “National Pizza Month.” Women are twice as likely to order vegetarian toppings then men. And more pizza is consumed on Super Bowl Sunday than any other day of the year.