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When is National Deep Dish Pizza Day?

National Deep Dish Pizza Day is April 5th.

What is National Deep Dish Pizza Day?

Americans sure do love their pizza. Pick any day, and about 13% of Americans are eating pizza that day. But deep dish pizza is unique, and on National Deep Dish Pizza Day we celebrate the classic Chicago-style deep dish pizza for all of its depth and savory goodness.

Deep dish calls the Windy City home. Deep dish was invented at a pizzeria that opened in 1943, the place that later became Pizzeria Uno, a.k.a. Uno’s. Now you can find deep dish pies in many places, though they say there’s nothing like deep dish in Chicago itself.

Such a thick pizza requires a long time to bake, which puts the cheese at risk of burning. So instead of the typical layering style—crust, sauce, cheese, then toppings—the cheese goes right onto the crust, then the toppings, and the sauce buries it all. This way the crust can cook fully without the other ingredients burning.

Fun facts about National Deep Dish Pizza Day!

  • Americans eat about 100 acres of pizza every day.
  • The founder of Uno’s originally planned to open a Mexican restaurant, not a pizzeria.
  • Over 25% of males between ages 6 and 19 eat pizza every day.
  • An Italian study found that eating pizza once a week may lower the risk of esophageal cancer, maybe because of the antioxidant lycopene found in tomato sauce.
  • The Lycopene in tomatoes makes them appear red.

How to celebrate National Deep Dish Pizza Day:

Head to the nearest pizzeria to order a deep dish. If your local pizza joints don’t offer deep dish, make your own pie at home.

What’s the hashtag for National Deep Dish Pizza Day?

Share your pizza pics on social media with #DeepDishPizzaDay.