Friday, February 9, 2018

Pizza Popularized in Wichita, Kansas

Few of us would associate Kansas with pizza was my thought when a friend sent urgent notification that today - February 9, 2018 - is National Pizza Day.   I recognize subliminal suggestion just as well as anyone else and I don't doubt that Valentino's will be having a Murphy sighting around noon today.

The beginning of pizza sales in America started in New York far from Kansas when √©migr√© Gennaro Lombardi applied to the City of New York for a license to make and sell it in 1905.  Granted it, he began a booming business among his friends, neighbors and family and by 1912 Joe's Tomato Pies were being sold as far away (joke) as Trenton, New Jersey.  I've always wondered why Richie will tell Valentino's "a large cheese pie."  Pizza is not pie.  Pie is dessert.  Now we all know why he does.

Then on June 15, 1958, brothers and students at Wichita State University Dan and Frank Carney opened the first Pizza Hut in Wichita.  In 2015, the oldest continuously operating Pizza Hut in the U S located in Aggieville, Kansas State University, closed after 57 years.

Today Pizza Hut has 13,728 locations all around the world.  Kudos include opening the first pizza place in Iraq.   Pizza Hut is ranked #24 of 200 Most Influential Brands in the world.

Richie wants to know what time I want to leave for Valentino's.  Right about now would be good ...I likes me some pizza pie.

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