WASHINGTON, Oct. 3, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:
Profile America — Monday, October 3rd. A great many Americans would name pizza high up among their favorite foods, month in and month out. But for the 33rd time, October is designated as National Pizza Month. No one knows the exact origin of pizza, but ancient Mediterranean cultures enjoyed flatbreads with various toppings and seasonings. An Italian immigrant named Gennaro Lombardi opened the first pizzeria in the U.S. in New York City in 1905. American soldiers who served in Italy returned from World War II with a taste for pizza and helped its climb to nationwide popularity. Now, about 3 billion pizzas are sold annually. There are some 70,000 pizzerias across the U.S., among the country's nearly 532,000 sit-down and limited-service restaurants. You can find more facts about America's people, places and economy, from the American Community Survey, at www.census.gov.
Pizza Month/accessed 7/22/2016: http://nationaldaycalendar.com/national-pizza-month-october/
Beginning/accessed 7/22/2016: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Pizza_Month#cite_note-NPM-4
Proto-pizzas/accessed 7/22/2016: http://www.history.com/news/hungry-history/a-slice-of-history-pizza-through-the-ages
First pizzeria/accessed 7/22/2016: http://www.firstpizza.com/
Pizzerias/accessed 7/22/2016: http://www.statista.com/statistics/377597/number-of-pizza-restaurants-us/
Pizzas sold/accessed 7/22/2016: http://www.thepizzajoint.com/pizzafacts.html
Restaurants/NAICS 7225: http://factfinder.census.gov/bkmk/table/1.0/en/BP/2014/00A1//naics~7225
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SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau