National Pepperoni Pizza Day

Multiple surveys have shown pepperoni to be the favorite pizza

topping of Americans, and more than a third of the pizzas in the 

country are topped with it. So it comes as no surprise that there 

is a National Pepperoni Pizza Day. Pepperoni takes its name 

from "peperoni" — an Italian name for a pepper. In Italy, what 

Americans call pepperoni is known as "salame piccante" — 

spicy salami. Pepperoni is a dried sausage made of a mixture 

of pork, beef, and spices, often including peppers. The name 

pepperoni began being used following World War I, primarily

in Italian-American communities. At this time, pepperoni was

primarily used as an appetizer, eaten on cured meat plates.

The first evidence of pepperoni on pizza dates to 1950.