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Envision a pepperoni pizza. Now, how many pounds of pepperoni do you think are consumed in the U.S. each year on pizza alone?

A. 250 million pounds

B. 10 thousand pounds

C. 200 thousand pounds

D. 1 million pounds

A.

According to the National Association of Pizza Operators, pepperoni is the most popular pizza topping in the U.S. That might explain why we have a national holiday dedicated to it—September 20 is National Pepperoni Pizza Day. The fact that only 1 in 50 people surveyed hate pizza, may also have influenced the tribute. Pizza Hut, one of the world’s biggest pizza chains, uses 14 billion pounds of pepperoni worldwide. Pepperoni is actually an American creation—first appearing in Italian-American markets following World War I. Its popularity as a pizza topping was driven by economics. When pizza chains Pizza Hut and Domino’s started their delivery businesses in the 1960s, they were looking for toppings that were inexpensive and “traveled well.” While making a very humble pie, pepperoni served its purpose valiantly and has risen to the top of the toppings.  For a great, affordable pairing with this spicey, meaty pie try the VIETTI “Tre Vigne” Barbera d’Asti 2017 or the MASSERIA LI VELI Susumaniello 2018.

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