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Iconic Naples Pizzeria Da Michele Is FINALLY Coming To The US

UPDATE: The location is set to open sometime in Spring 2019.

A few years ago, members of the Foodbeast team had the opportunity to visit Pizza Da Michele, an iconic pizzeria located in Naples, Italy. Truly one of the best pizza experiences we’ve ever had, it was bittersweet knowing we’d have to eventually say goodbye. At least that’s what we thought.

Yet much to our delight, Eater reports that the prolific pizzeria is finally coming to the United States, specifically Hollywood, CA. While there are storefronts in multiple countries, this will be the first location to ever hit the US.

During our time in Italy, fellow Foodbeasts Elie Ayrouth, Marc Kharrat, Isai Rocha and myself swung by the restaurant to check out the staple from Naples.

Was it worth the line out the door and into the street? You bet.

“This is up there with the best pizza I’ve ever had, and it was five euros a pizza,” said Ayrouth. “This is going to f*ck up pizza for me, forever.”

The new location will serve wood-fired marina pizza and Margherita pizzas, mirroring the original restaurant’s menu. However, the new Los Angeles spot will also serve Italian breakfast and coffee in the mornings as well as a few new to-be-annouced dishes.

“It looked pretty good when Marc and Elie ate it, and didn’t share.” said Rocha. “So I’m excited to finally try it.”

According to Da Michele, the Hollywood location should open in Spring 2019.

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The History Of Pizza: 10 Facts You Probably Never Knew

We’ve said it before, and we’ll have no qualms with saying it again: pizza brings people together. The cheesy slices topped with any ingredient your heart desires is the perfect mediator between anyone with a hearty love of food, especially those not afraid to get sauce and cheese all over their face.

Have you ever wondered about some of the fun history that goes beyond that slice of ‘za you’re about to devour? We found some interesting facts and history behind pizza for your mind to chew on as your mouth nibbles on that scrumptious pie.

First Pizzeria in U.S. 

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The Pizza Hall of Fame calls Lombardi’s Pizzeria in Manhattan, New York, the first pizzeria in the United States. The business started in 1897 as a grocery store until 1905 where it got a business license to become a pizzeria.

Origin of the word “Pizza”

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The word “pizza” in Italian translates literally to “pie.” The word “pizza” itself was first recorded as far a back as 997 AD, in Gaeta as well as regions of Central and Southern Italy.

American GI’s brough pizza into mainstream 

50% ricotta, 50% pepperoni, 100% delicious!

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During World War II, many American GI’s popularized the dish after trying it overseas for the first time. They came home craving pizza and sought pizzerias in Italian neighborhoods to share with their friends and family. People loved it.

First Chicago Deep Dish

While the origin of Chicago Deep Dish pizza is a subject of great debate, some say it was first created at Chicago’s Pizzeria Uno in 1943. This variation of pizza is baked in a high pan with tons of extra cheese and tomato sauce. Sure it takes longer to make, but it’ll definitely take you longer to also eat and enjoy a deep-dish than a regular pizza.

Domino’s had to drop their “30 minutes or less”

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The popular promise Domino’s made in 1984 of delivering pizza in 30 minutes or less or customers would get a free refund if not was dropped in 1993. There was a lawsuit against the pizza chain claiming they promoted unsafe driving. This was after a Domino’s driver hit someone during a delivery. Now, pizza takes anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour to reach their final destination.

How many slices of pizza are eaten every second?

As of 2017, approximately 350 slices of pizza are eaten each second. The average number of pizza slices a person eats in a year is roughly 46. Man, looking at those stas makes us want to hit the gym – after a few more slices of pizza that is.

There is an expo devoted entirely to the pizza industry

Pizza acrobat at the show today. #pizzaexpo #2017 #slowmo @pizzatoday

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Pizza Expo is a business-to-business trade show that lets both independent and chain pizza restaurants network with manufacturers and service providers in the industry. The annual convention holds seminars, pizza-making workshops, and panel discussions. You can bet there will be tons of free pizza to “sample” on the convention floor. The world’s largest pizza expo is held at a variety of locations annually, including Las Vegas and Atlantic City.

National Pizza Day falls on February 2 in the U.S.

If your entire life is about that perfect slice of pizza, and you’re the type of person who loves any kind of variation of the pie, mark your calendar. In the United States, February 2 is National Pizza Day. On this day, be encouraged to grab a friend or loved one and split an extra large between yourselves.

The World’s Oldest Pizzeria

Eating pizza at the world’s first pizzeria #pizza #naples #portalba #pizzeriaportalba #italia

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Antica Pizzeria Port’Alba in Naples, Italy, was the oldest recorded pizzeria. It opened in 1830 and is still open today. The restaurant serves wood-fired pizzas in an oven lined with lava rocks taken from Mount Vesuvius.

The World’s Longest Pizza

The record for the world’s longest pizza was broken in 2017 in Fontana, California. The pizza measured more than a mile long at 6,331 feet. It roughly boats 17,756 lbs of dough, more than 5,000 pounds of sauce, and 3,900 pounds of cheese.

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Watch This Pizza Maker Joyfully Deliver Pope Francis A Custom Pie

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When Enzo Cacialli’s father delivered a pizza to former President Bill Clinton in 1994, the young pizza maker knew he had some pretty big shoes to fill. Fast forward more than two decades later and Cacialli finally got his chance to deliver big.

CNN reports that Pope Francis was driving through Naples on Sunday. Hearing the news, Cacialli took it as an opportunity to hand-deliver a special pie to the Supreme Pontiff himself. The pizza was a special Naples-style thin crust topped with yellow cheery tomatoes. The words “Il Papa” was also written in dough atop the pizza.

Cacialli enthusiastically hopped the fence and handed the Holy Father the pizza himself, in what’s considered one of the most high-profile pizza deliveries in history. Check out the video taken below and see the delivery take place.

Photo: Pizzeria “Don Ernesto”