National Pizza Day
Observed every year on February 9th, National Pizza Day is a day of celebration for pizza lovers across the United States. This is one of the nation’s favorite dishes, one of the world’s favorite dishes, and during this day it gets the respect and the praise it deserves.
On this guide we’ll look at the following:
- When Is National Pizza Day 2017?
- What Day is National Pizza Day?
- How Can I Get National Pizza Day Deals?
- Is National Pizza Day Today?
- Can I Get Free Pizza on National Pizza Day?
So, every 9th of February, make sure you show your appreciation for this Italian classic. You just might find that the biggest pizza chains in the country join you, offering all kinds of coupons and freebies.
What is National Pizza Day?
National Pizza Day doesn’t have a big, heartfelt original story like National Donut Day. It’s not something that’s rooted in the spirit of giving. It’s just a day to celebrate pizza. But what more do you want?
It is estimated that the average American eats over 23 pounds of pizza every single year. That’s about 20 large pizzas! And if you’re thinking, “Is that all? I eat that in a week,” then National Pizza Day should be on your calendar. You should also probably pencil in an appointment with your doctor…
National Pizza Day Deals 2017
UPDATE February 8th, 2017:
- Domino’s: You can get a large pizza with three toppings for just $7.99 when you order online and then pick it up in-store. There are also many other National Pizza Day 2017 deals for, including extra savings on the usual Domino’s deals.
- Hungry Howie’s: They are offering the same deal as Domino’s, giving you a three-topping large pizza for just $7.99. There are no catches, no specifics. Just great pizza to celebrate 2017’s National Pizza Day.
- Pizza Hut: “The Hut” also have something similar, offering a three-topping medium pizza for just $6.
- Papa John’s: It’s not just about the food holiday with Papa John’s. Their deal gives you 40% off all regular-price pizzas, and you can get this throughout February and for the first week of March. Great for Valentine’s day and just for a regular pizza treat.
- Pilot Flying J: Checkout this National Pizza Day coupon that gives you a free slice. This coupon is valid all of the way through to February 12.
*This section will be updated in anticipation of National Pizza Day each year (next up, February 2018). We will list all National Pizza Day deals, as well as the coupons, codes and everything else you need to secure them. These deals are listed by the biggest casual dining and take-out chains in the country. But they are also offered by your local independent stores.
We try to include as many of these as we can. As far as we’re concerned, if a restaurant pays heed to this holiday with some National Pizza Day deals, then they deserve to be listed here.
Previous National Pizza Day Deals
To give you an idea of what you can expect during the next National Pizza Day, and to make sure you’re well prepared, here are some previous offers.
All of these National Pizza Day deals are announced ahead of time, often on social media. But we’ll also announce them all on this page. So, be sure to check back when this food holiday rolls around.
Domino’s release a number of coupons in anticipation of National Pizza Day. These have included deals where you can get 2 pizzas for less than $10 and a large three-topping pizza for just $7. They require you to simply enter deal codes online or to show coupons in store.
The deals here are very similar to Domino’s, but in our experience, you can usually get a little more for a little less. In fact, their National Pizza Day deals have more or less mirrored the Domino’s ones. But when Domino’s offered a three-topping pizza for $7, Pizza Hut offered one for $6. They take this day seriously, and they take their competition even more seriously.
There are a number of local deals at Papa John’s, and these are announced everywhere from local newspapers, to TV adverts. Don’t expect to see any million-dollar ad campaigns that are spread across the big tabloids and the main TV networks. When it comes to National Pizza Day deals, they tend to keep them on the down-low.
Who Invented Pizza?
A form of pizza was known to the Romans, who would top a focaccia-like bread with many different toppings. They weren’t the first to do this either. Forms of this food existed even before the Roman Empire began to spread across Europe.
The word “pizza” was first used in AD 997, and it continued to be used for hundreds of years. However, it bore very few similarities to the pizza of today. It wasn’t until the late 1800s that the “Pizza Margherita” was born, when Raffaele Esposito added mozzarella, tomatoes and basil to the traditional base. His goal was to mimic the colors of the Italian flag. But in doing so he created a dish that became way more popular than the one that had preceded it.
These days, we no longer refer to topped-flatbreads as pizza and use this term to refer to bread that has been coated in tomato, topped with cheese and then finished with any number of toppings.
Pizza really began to take off when it reached the shores of the United States not long after its invention in Italy. It spread through Italian communities in New York, Chicago and many other cities, and then rapidly become a modern staple from there.
Selling pizza by the slice is a very American thing. In many countries, you will get the full pie if you order pizza. This was also the case in the US for a number of years. Then, Patsy’s Pizzeria, an NYC restaurant, started a trend by selling slices of pizza in 1933.
- Over 3 billion fresh pizzas are sold every year in the US, as well as 1 billion frozen pizzas.
- Pepperoni is the most popular pizza in the US and in many other countries. It accounts for over a third of all pizza orders.
- 17 out of every 100 restaurants in the United States are pizzerias. An astonishing figure when you consider the dominance of non-pizza chains like Subway, McDonalds, KFC, Burger King and Five Guys, among others.
- The first frozen pizza hit the shelves in 1962, but was barely edible when compared to the real thing.
- As well as being big movie stars, Jean Claude Van Damme, Bill Murray and Stephen Baldwin (okay, maybe we’re being generous with that last one) all have one thing in common: they worked in pizza restaurants before they hit the big time.