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The billion-dollar pizza business in America can earn you some dough. Happy National Pizza Day!
Who doesn’t love pizza? Answer: Very, very few people. Last year, U.S. pizza sales surpassed $44 billion across 76,000 pizza restaurants, according to Pizza Magazine's 2017 State of the Industry Report. There are regional pizza tours, pizza maps, and even entire video series dedicated to pizza that regularly get hundreds of thousands of views, like Munchies’ The Pizza Show. It’s clear that Americans love their pie.
You can order pizza to be delivered with the touch of an app, or dine at unique pizzerias across the globe. Speaking of geography, pizza means different things depending on where you live in the country—it can be deep dish, thin crust, or upside down (more on that in a moment). Pizza can be a cheap snack, or cost $2,000 and be made from 24-karat gold. (And you thought pineapple on pizza was controversial?)
In celebration of National Pizza Day (February 9), we took a look at how pizza came to be an integral part of American culture. Plus, we serve up piping-hot pizza jobs available right now on Monster.
A slice of pizza history
Although pizza as we know it today was born in 19th-century Naples, Italy, the first slice of American pie was most likely served up by Gennaro Lombardi, an Italian immigrant who opened Lombardi's Pizza in New York City in 1905.
Eventually, pizza made its way to Chicago in 1943, with Pizzeria Uno opening the first deep-dish joint. As World War II came to a close and Americans returned home from war—many of whom were stationed in Italy—pizza’s popularity grew, and the industry began to boom.
America continued its voracious appetite for pizza in the 1970s with franchises spreading far and wide, while the 1980s brought a new take on pizza: specialty pies, introduced by Wolfgang Puck, with his house-smoked salmon pizza at his restaurant, Spago, in West Hollywood, California.
Today, Pizza Hut ranks number one for both number of restaurants (16,409) and gross sales ($14 billion). Number two? You guessed it: Domino’s.
Splitting up the pie: Pizza demographics
These days, there are many different styles of pizza, each regionally beloved—a continual source of pride and contention. Opinions aside on which style is the best, let’s break down some fundamental differences of a few of the most popular:
Chicago: Chicago-style pizza, or deep-dish pizza, has a thick, tall crust (usually 2–3 inches) containing layers of cheese and sauce, and often a heap of other toppings.
New York City: The home of pizza in America, New York–style pies boast thin, often hand-tossed crusts, with a layer of mozzarella cheese and tomato sauce. Folding your slice is encouraged.
New Haven: A close descendant of the Neapolitan-style pie, New Haven pizza is thin, charred, and typified by the popular white clam pie.
St. Louis: Made without yeast, St. Louis-style pizza has a cracker-like crust and features a blend of three cheeses called Provel (provolone, Swiss, and white cheddar).
Detroit: Sometimes called “upside-down pizza,” Detroit-style comes with sauce ladled on top of the cheese and in a rectangular pan. Although it’s like Chicago style in that it has a thick crust, it’s not nearly as tall (usually around ¾ of an inch).
Make some dough: Pizza jobs
If you’re a pizza devotee, you can celebrate its greatness by doing more than just eating it—there are literally thousands of available jobs in the pizza industry. Positions range from pizza delivery jobs to pizza maker jobs to pizza server jobs and plenty more. Have a look at all pizza jobs on Monster.
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