National Pizza with the Works Except Anchovies Day says to hold the fishes! Anchovy lovers move over on November 12th. All the other pizza lovers get their due and pile on their toppings. This annual pizza holiday gets the spotlight with olives, pepperoni, sausage, peppers, and onions. How about mushrooms, bacon, or pineapple? Approved! Just no fishy business on this national day, or no pizza for you!

Classified as an oily fish, Anchovies are a family of small, common salt-water forage fish. There are 144 species found in the Atlantic, Indian, and Pacific Oceans.  Anchovies are small, green fish. They have blue reflections caused by the silver longitudinal stripe, which begins at the base of the caudal fin.

Traditionally, anchovies are processed in a salt brine and then packed in oil or salt, resulting in a strong, characteristic flavor. Optionally they may be pickled in vinegar, giving the anchovies a milder taste.

Pizza History (sans anchovies)
  • In ancient Greece, the Greeks covered their bread with oils, herbs, and cheese. Some believe this practice is the beginning of the pizza.
  • In Byzantine Greek, the word was spelled “πίτα,” pita, meaning pie.
  • The Romans developed a sheet of dough topped with cheese and honey. They then flavored it with bay leaves. 
  • The modern pizza began in Italy as the Neapolitan flatbread.
  • The original pizza used only mozzarella cheese. The mozzarella was produce in Naples and usually the highest quality buffalo mozzarella variant. 
  • In 1997, the United States produced an estimated 2 billion pounds of pizza cheese annually.
  • The first United States pizza establishment opened in 1905 was in New York’s Little Italy. 
  • Americans love pizza. So much so, it’s one of our favorite meals. 

More Pizza??

Now that you know all the ways pizzas are made, just be sure to leave the fishing pole at home, because this holiday is called National Pizza with the Works Except Anchovies Day. Understood?

HOW TO OBSERVE #PizzaWithTheWorksExceptAnchoviesDay

This is a great day to take your pizza making to the maximum. Other than the anchovies thing, there are no limits to the kinds of pizzas you can make. You can explore thin-crust pizzas or stuffed crust. Have you ever tried making your own hand-tossed pizza dough? Now is your chance.

Toppings of every kind come to mind. Clean out the fridge and get to experimenting. Do you love cheese? Pile it on in every combination. Sausage and pepperoni are old standards. How about salmon, venison or crab. Is there a box of leftover udon noodles from last night in there? Try an Asian style pizza with a hoisin sauce. It is National Pizza With the Works Except Anchovies Day after all.

So, make a pizza with the works in any style you like. Just leave off the fishies. If you go out for your favorite pizza with the works, be sure to give a shout out to the restaurant and tell us what a pizza with the works means to you.

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Jennifer lives happily in North Florida with her husband Scott and after a stroke and two brain surgeries her mom. While not blessed with children they dote on their four legged children four cats. I started writing after spinal surgery required second round of physical therapy to learn to walk yet again. While reading is a favorite hobby writing is something new with the launch of this blog and hopefully a fiction novel in the future.


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