Pizza Food Trivia Quiz Questions With Answers

Free long printable trivia quiz questions with answers about the food we call pizza!

 

What is pizza?
A: Pizza is a savory dish of Italian origin, consisting of a usually round, flattened base of leavened wheat-based dough topped with tomatoes, cheese, and various other ingredients (anchovies, olives, meat, etc.) baked at a high temperature, traditionally in a wood-fired oven.

In formal settings, like a restaurant, pizza is eaten with knife and fork, but in casual settings it is eaten how?
A: Cut into wedges to be eaten while held in the hand.

Small pizzas are sometimes called what?
A: Pizzettas.

When was the term pizza first recorded?
A: In the 10th century in a Latin manuscript from the Southern Italian town of Gaeta in Lazio, on the border with Campania.

Where was modern pizza invented?
A: In Naples, Italy.

Today it is one of the most popular foods in what?
A: In the world.

Where is it a common fast food item?
A: In Europe and North America.

Many companies sell ready-baked frozen pizzas to be what?
A: Reheated in an ordinary home oven.

The Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana (lit. True Neapolitan Pizza Association) is a non-profit organization founded in what year?
A: 1984 with headquarters in Naples which aims to promote traditional Neapolitan pizza.

In 2009, upon Italy's request, Neapolitan pizza was registered where?
A: With the European Union as a Traditional Specialty Guaranteed dish and in 2017 the art of its making was included on UNESCO's list of intangible cultural heritage.

Foods similar to pizza have been made since what age?
A: The neolithic age.

Records of people doing what to bread to make it more flavorful can be found throughout ancient history?
A: Adding other ingredients.

In the 6th century BC, the Persian soldiers of Achaemenid Empire during the rule King Darius I baked flatbreads with cheese and dates on top of what?
A: Their battle shields.

The ancient Greeks supplemented their bread with what?
A: Oils, herbs, and cheese.

What did modern pizza evolve from in Naples in the 18th or early 19th century?
A: Flatbread dishes.

Prior to that time, flatbread was often topped with what ingredients?
A: Garlic, salt, lard, cheese, and basil.

It is uncertain when what were first added?
A: Tomatoes and there are many conflicting claims.

Until about 1830, pizza was sold from what?
A: Open-air stands and out of pizza bakeries, and pizzerias keep this old tradition alive today.

Pizza was brought to the United States with whom?
A: Italian immigrants in the late nineteenth century.

Where did pizza first appear?
A: In areas where Italian immigrants concentrated.

When did the country's first pizzeria, Lombardi's, open?
A: In 1905.

Following World War II, veterans returning from the Italian Campaign after being introduced to Italy's native cuisine proved to be a ready market for what?
A: A ready market for pizza.

What percentage of the US population consumes pizza on any given day?
A: 13%.

Pizza is prepared fresh, frozen, and as what?
A: Portion-size slices or pieces.

Methods have been developed to overcome challenges such as preventing the sauce from combining with the dough and producing a crust that can be what?
A: Frozen and reheated without becoming rigid.

Some pizza is assembled in the store, then sold to customers to do what with?
A: To bake in their own ovens.

Some grocery stores sell fresh dough along with what?
A: Sauce and basic ingredients, to complete at home before baking in an oven.

In restaurants, pizza can be baked in an oven with stone bricks above the heat source, an electric deck oven, a conveyor belt oven or, in the case of more expensive restaurants, a what?
A: A wood or coal-fired brick oven.

On deck ovens, pizza can be slid into the oven on a long paddle, called a what?
A: A peel.

The pizza is then baked directly on what?
A: The hot bricks or baked on a screen (a round metal grate, typically aluminum).

Prior to use, a peel may be sprinkled with cornmeal to do what?
A: To allow pizza to easily slide onto and off of it.

When made at home, it can be baked on a pizza stone in a regular oven to do what?
A: To reproduce the effect of a brick oven.

Cooking directly in a metal oven results in too rapid heat transfer to the crust doing what to it?
A: Burning it.

Aficionado home-chefs sometimes use a specialty wood-fired pizza oven, usually installed where?
A: Outdoors.

Dome-shaped pizza ovens have been used for centuries which is one way to achieve true heat distribution in a what?
A: A wood-fired pizza oven.

Another option is grilled pizza, in which the crust is baked directly on a what?
A: A barbecue grill.

Greek pizza, like Chicago-style pizza, is baked in a what?
A: A pan rather than directly on the bricks of the pizza oven.

When it comes to preparation, the dough and ingredients can be combined on what?
A: Any kind of table.

With mass production of pizza, the process can be completely what?
A: Automated.

Most restaurants still use standard and purpose-built what?
A: Pizza preparation tables.

The bottom of the pizza, called the 'crust', may vary widely according to style; thin as in a typical hand-tossed Neapolitan pizza, or thick as in a what?
A: A deep-dish Chicago-style.

It is traditionally plain, but may also be seasoned with what?
A: Garlic or herbs, or stuffed with cheese.

The outer edge of the pizza is sometimes referred to as the what?
A: The cornicione.

Pizza dough often contains what to both to help its yeast rise and enhance browning of the crust?
A: Sugar.

Dipping sauce specifically for pizza was invented by what American pizza chain?
A: Papa John's Pizza in 1984.

What type of cheese is commonly used on pizza?
A: Mozzarella.

The highest quality buffalo mozzarella is produced where?
A: In the surroundings of Naples.

Today, other cheeses have been used as pizza ingredients (particularly Italian cheeses), including what?
A: Provolone, pecorino romano, ricotta, and scamorza.

Authentic Neapolitan pizza (pizza napoletana) is made with what ingredients?
A: San Marzano tomatoes, grown on the volcanic plains south of Mount Vesuvius, and mozzarella di bufala Campana, made with milk from water buffalo raised in the marshlands of Campania and Lazio.
This mozzarella is protected with its own what?
A: European protected designation of origin.

Other traditional pizzas include pizza alla marinara, which is topped with marinara sauce and is supposedly what?
A: The most ancient tomato-topped pizza.

Pizza capricciosa, is prepared with what?
A: Mozzarella cheese, baked ham, mushroom, artichoke and tomato.

Pizza pugliese, is prepared with what ingredients?
A: Tomato, mozzarella and onions.

A popular variant of pizza in Italy is Sicilian pizza, a thick-crust or deep-dish pizza originating during what period?
A: The 17th century in Sicily.

It is essentially a what?
A: A focaccia that is typically topped with tomato sauce and other ingredients.

Common toppings for pizza in the USA include what?
A: Ground beef, mushrooms, onions, pepperoni, pineapple, garlic, olives, peppers, carrots, tomatoes, spinach, anchovies, chicken, bacon, ham and sausage.

Grilled pizza was offered in the United States at what restaurant in 1980?
A: The Al Forno restaurant in Providence, Rhode Island.

The world's largest pizza was prepared in Rome in December 2012, and measured how many square meters?
A: 1,261 square meters (13,570 square feet).

The pizza was named what?
A: "Ottavia" in homage to the first Roman emperor Octavian Augustus, and was made with a gluten-free base.

The world's longest pizza was made in Fontana, California in 2017 and measured how long?
A: 1,930.39 meters (6,333.3 feet).

The world's most expensive pizza listed by Guinness World Records is a commercially available thin-crust pizza at Maze restaurant in London, United Kingdom, which costs how much?
A: GB£100.
In 2017 how much was the world pizza market worth?

A: $128 billion and in the US it was $44 billion spread over 76,000 pizzerias.