So you think you know pizza?
How many pizzas do you reckon you ordered last year?
In 2017 alone, Australians ordered no less than 4 million pizzas on Menulog, the equivalent to one pizza for every resident of Brisbane and Perth! That’s a lot of dough.
Victorians came out the clear winners in this race, accounting for just under half of the total number of national orders. And just to throw a little fuel on the interstate rivalry, New South Wales came in at second place with 37%, followed by South Australia trailing at a distant third, with 7%.
Interestingly, these rankings correlate exactly to the number of Italian-born Australian residents -- with most living in Melbourne (73,799), followed by Sydney (44,562), and then Adelaide (20,877). Happy coincidence?
Tap on each state below to see how they fared.
Check out the map below to see how your state fared.
How much pizza did your state order in 2017?
1.6 million kgs worth of pizza
Or the weight of 320 killer whales
1.3 million kgs worth of pizza
Or the weight of 872 hippos
11 km worth of pizza
13 times the length of the world’s tallest building, Dubai’s Burj Khalifa
60 km worth of pizza
The distance from Sydney to the Blue Mountains
42 km worth of pizza
Equivalent to running Sydney’s City2Surf race three times!
7.7 km worth of pizza
Equivalent to 7 trips across the Sydney Harbour Bridge
1.6 km worth of pizza
Equivalent to the distance from which you can smell a skunk
1 km worth of pizza
The length of Bondi Beach
Peak pizza popularity, a day-by-day breakdown
Tap the days in this snazzy graphic to check out the most popular days for pizza orders in Australia.
Hover over this snazzy graphic to check out the most popular days for pizza orders in Australia.
A brief history of pizza
Since the 1950s, Italian food, and more specifically pizza, has evolved into an integral part of Australian cuisine and food culture. In fact, our consumption of pizza per capita rivals that of Italy (believe it!), with suburban takeaway pizza joints becoming a staple of the Australian culinary landscape. And we’re not alone in our appreciation of the Margherita pizza — it's actually the most popular food in the world!
22 March, 2001
South African restaurant, Butler's Pizza, set the world record for the longest pizza delivery, travelling 11,000 kilometres from Cape Town to Sydney.
The first and only pizza to be delivered to outer space. The 6-inch Salami pie was rocketed to the International Space Station for astronaut Yuri Usachov and featured extra spices and salami, to prevent moulding.
November 19, 2004
A new record for the farthest food delivery was set by a London restaurant. Cooked on November 17, the vegetarian Supreme travelled 17,000 kilometres and reached Melbourne’s 'Ramsey Street' on November 19, 2004.
May 22, 2010
The first ever Bitcoin purchase was made for a couple of pizzas, amounting to US$25 (or 10,000 Bitcoins). Today, this transaction would be worth a staggering $US9 million. May 22 has since been known in the cryptocurrency community as “Bitcoin Pizza Day”.
Jan 25, 2012
With 80 hands on deck, the world record for the most pizzas made in one hour was smashed by a small pizzeria in Bundaberg, churning out a whopping 837 pizzas in just 60 minutes!
April 14, 2014
Aussie pizza maker Johnny Di Francesco was named World Pizza Champion at the prestigious Campionato Mondiale Della Pizza in Italy. Competing against 600 of the best pizza makers in the world, spanning 35 countries, Di Francesco won for his Margherita pizza, a menu staple at his Melbourne restaurant in Brunswick, 400 Gradi.
October 13, 2016
Menulog teamed up with Pizza Design Co to create Australia’s first 23 carat gold leaf pizza. Dubbed the ‘Golden Margherita’, the decadent pizza retailed for $50, and even came complete with a certificate of authenticity!
Australia's most loved toppings
If one thing’s for sure, it’s that Australians love their traditional pizza toppings. While 2017 was the year of the Margherita, the controversial Hawaiian came in at a very close second, followed by fan favourite, Pepperoni.
Named after Queen Margherita of Savoy, who reigned Italy from 1878 to 1900.
An accidental creation, the Hawaiian pizza was invented in Ontario, Canada.
The first pizza ordered via computer, all the way back in 1974.
Contains up to 5 different types of meat!
One of these bad boys once traveled from London all the way to Melbourne.
The largest circular pizza ever baked, weighing a staggering 12,194 kilos.
Contains just 5 ingredients; mozzarella, ham, mushroom, artichoke and tomato.
Contains anywhere from 4 - 6 eggs.
Invented in 1985 by popular American restaurant chain, California Pizza Kitchen.
BBQ Meat Lovers
Contains an average of 235 calories per slice…eat now, gym later!
Pineapple on pizza:
A culinary war for the internet ages
Pizzas last year had pineapple on them
Pizzas ordered added pineapple
Pizzas ordered removed pineapple
No food debate is more polarising than that of the neverending “pineapple on pizza” argument.
Just when it seemed like enthusiasts and haters alike had moved on, last year the battle lines were redrawn when everyone’s favourite profanity-loving chef, Gordon Ramsay, reignited the pineapple pizza fire, proclaiming, well, you can Google it...
Proving that pineapple is as loved as it is loathed, the fruit was simultaneously the third most removed pizza ingredient and the second most added pizza ingredient of 2017.
Interestingly, pizzas featuring pineapple account for 20% of total pizza orders on Menulog. And somewhat surprisingly, Hawaiian is the second most popular topping ordered, losing out to the ultimate OG, the Margherita.
If you’re a pineapple lover, pizza classists might think you’re basic, but press forward, throw shame to the wind and order that juicy Hawaiian here. And if you’re a pineapple hater, probably don’t order a Hawaiian. Also, everybody just chill.
Read more on the colourful pineapple pizza debate here.
Can you discover the three most removed items from pizza?
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