Let’s celebrate National Pizza Day. February 9 is a special day for this popular dish that has enamoured many since time immemorial.

The history of pizza spans centuries and its appeal is without a doubt universal. From the time of the Roman Empire to date, pizza remains an essential meal for many.

Though it’s been dubbed as addictive and unhealthy, it’s still loved the world over.

In honour of this special day for pizza lovers everywhere, here are some facts to surprise and entertain you. In addition, a few tips to give you an idea of how to celebrate your day with pizza.

Fact 1
First millennium BC Archaeologists in Sardinia unearthed ancient remains of a flattened bread that were apparently very popular among the locals. Pizza Facts

Fact 2
Today, pizzerias account for 17 percent of all restaurants throughout the world. Nj.com

Fact 3
Pizza comes from the latin word Picea. It means blackening of crust by fire. DoughPizza

Fact 4
More than 5 billion pizzas are sold worldwide annually. Pizza.com

Fact 5
Thanks to social media, 54% of millennials has posted pictures of their pizzas online. PMQ Pizza Magazine

Fact 6
You can save 40.5 calories per slice and about 4.5 grammes of fat by blotting grease off your pizza each time you eat (Would you want to do that?) E!

Fact 7
The largest pizza weighed more than 50,000 pounds. Newsaratti

Fact 8
The longest pizza delivery was from Cape Town, South Africa to Sydney, Australia. Pizza.com

Fact 9
Favoured toppings vary by region, the Japanese favour eel and squid, curry is big in Pakistan, Russians prefer red herring, Costa Ricans like coconut, and Australians enjoy shrimp and pineapple. The Pizza Joint

Fact 10
Pizza day falls on Fat Tuesday. Today is also National Bagel Day. 9News

Now, what can you do to celebrate National Pizza Day?

Idea 1
Go pizza restaurant hopping. Pay homage to the different pizzerias in your area. You will likely bump into one or two on every block.

Idea 2
Challenge friends to a bake off
Invite your friends to a pizza bake off. You can assign yourself as a judge or join in the fun and win the challenge yourself.

Idea 3
E! says celebrate with a movie
Relive memorable pizza moments from shows and films featuring the cheesy dish
“Home Alone” and “Home Alone 2” with Macaulay Culkin
AMC’s “Breaking Bad” with Bryan Cranston
“Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” with the crime-fighting superheroes

“Fast Times at Ridgemont High” with Sean Penn
Mel Brooks’ “Spaceballs” with Dom DeLuise
“Saturday Night Fever” with John Travolta
“Eat Pray Love” with Julia Roberts (check out the classic Roberts’ flick, Mystic Pizza)

Idea 4
Giveaway pizza-themed gifts to relatives, friends, and co-workers

Idea 5
As a pre-Valentine’s Day date stay home with pizza