- Posted October 11, 2013 by
October 11 - Happy National Sausage Pizza Day
Pizza (Italian pronunciation: ['pittsa], from the Latin verb pìnsere, to press and from the Greek pektos, meaning "solid" or "clotted") is Greek in origin (see also pitta). The ancient Greeks covered their bread with oils, herbs and cheese. In Byzantine Greek, the word was spelled pita, pitta, meaning pie. The word has also spread to Turkish as pide, and Bulgarian, Croatian and Serbian as pita, Albanian as pite and Modern Hebrew pittah.The Romans developed placenta, a sheet of dough topped with cheese and honey and flavored with bay leaves. Modern pizza pie recipes originated in Italy as the Neapolitan pie with tomato. In 1889, cheese was added.
Much like National Pizza With Everything (Except Anchovies) Day, this one's another of those head-scratcher holidays -- was a group of people really fanatical enough about the necessity of sausage on pizza to get together and create a holiday gourmet recipes in its honor? We're not arguing with them on the merits of those salty, chewy mounds of meat atop our pizza, but are merely curious about the incentive behind this very specific holiday's creation.
But the enthusiasm of sausage pizza lovers probably wouldn't hold a candle to that of notorious Roman epicurean and culinary expert Marcus Gavius Apicius, who, when facing financial ruin, chose to poison himself rather than risk hunger. Much of today's knowledge on Roman cuisine was garnered from his book, "De Re Coquinaria," and Apicius is credited with providing one of the first written references to pizza's predecessor, a sort of hollowed-out bread loaf filled with meat, cheese, garlic, pepper and oil, dating back to the 1st century. Apparently an appreciation for sausage-topped pizza is practically an age-old tradition.