Before pizza as you know it came to be, there was an Italian flatbread known as focaccia. Often topped with spices and olive oil, the dish paved the way for modern-day pizza. Tomato-topped flatbread came to be in the 1700s and by the 1800s, Italy was home to more than 50 pizzerias. Italian immigrants then brought the food to the United States in the late 1800s. The food was an instant success and by the 1960s, pizza delivery services were a national phenomenon. Papa Johns entered the game with traditional pizza in 1984.
Different Types of Pizza
Of course, not all pizza is created exactly the same. From different crusts to different slice sizes, regional pizza has reached every edge of the United States. Some are more common than others.
Neapolitan Pizza – The original pizza dates back to 18th Century Naples. These days, it has three variants: marinara, Margherita, and Margherita extra. Toppings often include fresh mozzarella, olive oil, oregano, basil leaves, and tomatoes.
Chicago-Style Pizza – Named for the city it was created in, Chicago-style is a deep, deep-dish pizza created in the early 1900s. The thick crust has raised edges like a pie and is often topped with a variety of meats, vegetables, and crushed tomatoes.
New York-Style Pizza – One of the hottest new deals at Papa Johns is the NY-style pizza. The crust is thinner than Chicago-style pizza, but New York likes to go big. Huge, foldable slices typically include tomato sauce, mozzarella, and a range of meats or vegetables. Red pepper flakes and parmesan cheese are popular toppers as well.
Stuffed Crust – Another favorite at Papa Johns is stuffed crust pizza. When you just can't get enough cheese, stuffed crust gives you just a little more. An otherwise traditional-style pizza, top it with all of your favorites, and then chow down on the crust at the end.
How To Celebrate National Pizza Day
The best way to celebrate National Pizza Day is by sharing your favorite food with loved ones, near or far. If you’re able to gather with a group, have a mid-week celebration with a variety of pizza crusts & toppings to satisfy any craving. Or, set up a video call with long-distance friends and enjoy delicious pizza, virtually. One of our favorite ways to celebrate National Pizza Day is with a random act of kindness; send a surprise pizza to a family member you haven’t seen in a while. Nothing says “I love you” more than a savory, hot pizza!
Order Your Pizza Now
Of course, now that you've read all about Papa Johns new NY Style and Stuffed Crust pizza, you probably don't want to wait until February 9th to dig in. Order your favorite now!