National Deep Dish Pizza Day

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Raise a slice to the day that celebrates the cheesy, tomato-ey, deep-dished wonder that is pizza! National Deep Dish Pizza Day is the day when we all take an extra minute—or an extra slice—to appreciate the deliciousness of a pizza with more 'zza to love, and we're here to guide you through its Internet history.

When is Deep Dish Pizza Day?

It's national deep dish pizza day on the 5th April.

A Slice of Internet History

With 4019 mentions online tracked on our website, National Deep Dish Pizza Day has certainly made a 'deep' impact in the virtual world. The pinnacle of its popularity, however, seems to have been on Apr 5, 2016, when our website detected more mentions than on any other day. Whether that particular day was just exceptionally pepperoni-friendly, or people were united for the love of deep-dish pizzas, we may never know. But one thing is clear: the Internet seems to savor this day as much as a hot, gooey slice of deep-dish pizza.

Why Do We Love Deep Dish Pizza Day

Why not is the real question! What’s not to love about a holiday that brings together the world for the love of dough, cheese, sauce, and an array of toppings. The thickness of its crust makes it a passion of its own, not merely another pizza variety.

Celebrating National Deep Dish Pizza Day

When this day comes around, just remember it gives you every excuse to indulge. And if you're looking for ideas, there's always the classic way – eating a deep-dish pizza with your family or friends. Some culinary adventurers take the opportunity to try making their own at home. Others may engage in social media campaigns or contests, sharing their favorite deep dish photos or recipes.

History behind the term 'Deep Dish Pizza'


The Birth of Deep Dish Pizza

In 1943, deep dish pizza was born in Chicago, Illinois. The credit for its creation goes to Ike Sewell and Ric Riccardo, who opened Pizzeria Uno, a restaurant that would become famous for its deep dish pizza. Sewell and Riccardo wanted to create a pizza that was more like a pie, with a thick crust that could hold up against the weight of the toppings.


The Name 'Deep Dish' is Coined

In 1949, the term 'deep dish' was first used to describe this unique style of pizza. The phrase was coined by a reporter from the Chicago Daily News who referred to Pizzeria Uno's pizza as 'deep dish' in an article. The term stuck and became the widely recognized name for this type of pizza.


The Rise in Popularity

During the 1970s, deep dish pizza gained popularity and became a symbol of Chicago cuisine. Its thick, buttery crust filled with generous amounts of cheese, sauce, and toppings appealed to locals and visitors alike. The iconic deep dish pizza started to spread beyond Pizzeria Uno, with numerous restaurants in Chicago and around the country offering their own versions of this classic dish.


Deep Dish Pizza Goes National

In 1987, deep dish pizza gained even more recognition when it was introduced to a national audience. Pizzeria Uno opened a franchise in the River North neighborhood of Chicago, attracting tourists and locals from all over the country. This expansion marked the beginning of deep dish pizza's journey to becoming a beloved food staple across the United States.


Deep Dish Pizza's Enduring Legacy

Today, deep dish pizza remains an iconic symbol of Chicago and a must-try for pizza enthusiasts. It has inspired countless variations and adaptations around the world. While it has its share of detractors who prefer thin-crust or New York-style pizza, deep dish continues to have a dedicated following that appreciates its unique combination of flavors and textures.

Did you know?

Did you know that the origins of deep-dish pizza can be traced back to 1943, in Chicago, USA? It was created by pizza entrepreneurs Ike Sewell and Ric Riccardo with the idea of crafting a meal in the true sense of the word, rather than just another snack.


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5th April 2015

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