Man (and woman, for that matter) cannot live on pepperoni and cheese alone. Thankfully, pizzerias in and around Boca play by their own set of rules, baking pies for every palate imaginable.
Pizza is as American as Mom, baseball, apple pie and complaining about taxes. Though as an invention it’s purely Italian—the word “pizza” is said to have been first mentioned in 997 A.D. in the town of Gaeta, and the pizza as we know it originated in Naples in the late 18th century—it’s become so popular in the U.S. that it’s gained the same iconic status as another celebrated food with European roots, the hamburger.
Just how much do we Americans love pizza?
A quick Web search reveals that every man, woman and child in the United States eats an annual average of 23 pounds of pizza, which translates to 350 slices per second or 3 billion pies a year. Pizza is a $30 billion-a-year industry, with more than 61,000 pizzerias representing 17 percent of all U.S. restaurants and more than 10 percent of all food-service sales.
That’s an awful lot of pizza.
In Palm Beach County, that also translates to an awful lot of options. Local pizzerias are embracing the pie in all its diverse glory, from the classic Neapolitan margherita topped only with tomato sauce, mozzarella and fresh basil to more elaborate pies crowned with smoked salmon and caviar, not to mention dozens of different varieties in-between.
If the options seem more challenging to get through than a deep-dish pie with everything but anchovies, not to worry.
We have you covered with pizza possibilities in the area, ranging from New York and Chicago to French and Sicilian.
After all, it’s practically our patriotic duty.
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