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How to Celebrate National Pizza Month in October

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Pizza is one of those versatile foods where you can put almost anything on it and it still somehow manages to taste good. Regardless of what your favorite type is, you'll be happy to know
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that October is National Pizza Month, so it's a perfect excuse to try as many kinds as you want. You can also learn some random facts to throw out to friends while you're chowing down and wear pizza themed apparel to show your love for the food.

Learn the facts

Did you know it's rumored that Greeks came up with the original idea for pizza? It wasn't like today's standard pizza, but instead, was topped with dates, oil, spices and herbs. Americans obviously love their pizza considering each person eats about 23 pounds of it per year. To learn more history and facts about pizza, check out

Wear pizza themed apparel

If you're familiar with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, you're probably familiar with their adoration of pizza. For National Pizza Month, wear a t-shirt with their likeness on it that's backed by the image of a pizza. It's available for $19.99 through Another option is the "I Heart Pizza" shirt, which is available on for $22.00. Rather than use the word heart, the shirt features the image of a heart-shaped pizza that's wearing a little chef's hat.

Learn new pizza recipes

National Pizza Month is a great chance to try out different pizza recipes and find even more appealing varieties. have a large amount of pizza recipes to try including one for Individual Grilled Veggie Pizzas and another for Chicken and Chourico Pizza. You can also learn how to make pizza crust and make a dessert pizza.

Head out for pizza

If you'd rather not make your own pizza at home or you just feel like going out, there are certainly more than enough places to pick up a slice or two. However, you don't want to just settle for any greasy sub-par slice when you could have one that's delicious and mouth-watering.

NYC has some fantastic pizza, but to narrow down where to go is quite difficult. One option is Saluggi's on Church Street where you can buy a specialty pizza or create your own. Some of the specialty pizza varieties include "Pink," which is comprised of vodka sauce, mozzarella, Parmesan, basil and garlic, and the "The Italian Deli," which is topped with caramelized onions, red sauce, Parmesan, mozzarella, provolone, ham and salami. The Create Your Own menu has some standard topping choices including broccoli, mushrooms, and chicken along with some interesting options such as walnuts, capers, brussel sprouts, and blue cheese. Another pizza place worth checking out is Paulie Gee's in Brooklyn. They have a delectable menu that includes such pizza varieties as the "Monte Cristo," which is topped with mild gouda, bacon and a drizzle of maple syrup, and the "Harry Belafontina" which consists of tomatoes, meatballs, Fontina, golden raisins, and crimini mushrooms.

Take a class

So maybe you're one of the people who really wants to learn to make pizza, but you're afraid you'll make it look and taste like a giant burnt mess. Well Pizza a Casa Pizza School offers a hands-on pizza workshop that teaches you all the steps for making the perfect pie from start to finish. In case you're short on pizza making supplies, they sell those at their Grand Street Location as well.

Make a pizza with kids

The great thing about making pizza is that it's a fun and easy activity parents can do together with their kids. Consider putting a bunch of toppings into individual bowls and letting kids throw whatever they want onto the pie. Some of their choices may seem a bit questionable (chocolate and spinach – not such a great option), but others may actually taste really good (dessert pie – marshmallows, chocolate and peanut butter). Let them have at it, at least it will give them an excuse to make a controlled mess.

With all the pizza-themed apparel, newly-learned facts and dozens of pizza recipes, you'll be more than ready to celebrate National Pizza Month in October.

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Why? You can find even more pizza varieties to love.
When: The month of October
Where: In and around NYC
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