WASHINGTON, Oct. 18, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 18: AMERICAN PIE
Profile America — Friday, October 18th. A great many Americans would name pizza high up among their favorite foods, month in and month out. But for the 30th time, October is designated as National Pizza Month. An Italian immigrant named Gennaro Lombardi is thought to have opened the first pizzeria in the U.S. around 1900 in New York City. No one knows the precise origin of pizza, but ancient Mediterranean cultures enjoyed flatbreads with various toppings and seasonings. American soldiers who served in Italy came back from World War II raving about pizza and helped its climb to nationwide popularity. Americans eat enough pizza each day to cover 100 acres. There are an estimated 63,000 pizzerias across the U.S., and pizza is also served at a good many of the nation's more than half million other dining and drinking places. Profile America is in its 17th year as a public service of the U.S. Census Bureau.
Profile America is produced by the Center for New Media and Promotions of the U.S. Census Bureau. These daily features are available as produced segments, ready to air, on the Internet at http://www.census.gov (look for "Multimedia Gallery" by the "Newsroom" button).
SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau