When you order pizza this Sunday (9/5/21), ask the pizzeria staff if there is any discount for National Cheese Pizza Day. More than likely, there won’t be any. {sigh}

This observation is not as well known as:

  • National Pizza Month (October 2021)
  • Or National Pizza Day (2/9/21)
  • Or even National Pepperoni Day (9/20/21)

Let’s face it, the plain pizza kind of pales in comparison to a pizza loaded with toppings. 

Americans eat three billion pizzas every year. And 36% of all those pizza orders in the US are for a pepperoni pizza. Real pepperoni or plant-based, it doesn’t matter.

That represents some formidable competition.

Maybe this year, the plain pizza will take a stand, thanks to grilled cheese.

Grilled Cheese Pizza

Just in time for National Cheese Pizza Day, the Donatos chain is serving up the latest addition to its signature pizza line. They call it the Ultimate Grilled Cheese Pizza!

I hear that this pizza blends smoked Provolone cheese and Asiago cheese on a thin crust. It also has hardwood smoked bacon, fresh Roma tomatoes, and roasted garlic. Then it is topped with toasted bread crumbs.

Ok, so if this grilled cheese pizza has bacon on it, then it’s not really a plain pizza. But close enough. You are eating it for the cheese blend, more than the bacon.

If you are interested, Donatos has more than 300 locations in 20 states. Donatos and its franchise partners operate 169 traditional restaurants in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia.

Other Types of Cheese

Roman soldiers may have invented modern pizza in Rome over 2000 years ago. The tale is that they added some available cheese and olive oil to matzah (leavened bread).

They would be surprised by all the cheese options available today. 

Besides the above-mentioned Provolone and Asiago, what else can you use as a basic building block of pizza?

  • Brie cheese
  • Cheddar cheese
  • Cream cheese
  • Feta cheese
  • Gorgonzola cheese
  • Gouda cheese
  • Mozzarella cheese
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Pecorino Romano 
  • Ricotta cheese

As you can see, the plain cheese pizza is very versatile.

Vegan Cheese Pizza

Andrew Krosofsky posted a great article if you want to know How to Celebrate National Cheese Pizza Day With a Vegan Twist.

He says, “The good news is that you don’t need animal ingredients to make a delicious pizza. Tomato sauce and pizza crust are usually naturally plant-based, and vegan cheese options are readily available in many supermarkets across the country.”

Krosofsky offers several homemade pizza recipes. But if your cooking skills are lacking, he also mentions a few store-bought frozen vegan pizzas.

Pizza Trivia

Fans of cheese pizza might be interested in some trivia.

The Guinness Book of world records indicates that the largest pizza ever created was in — Rome! And it was gluten-free. The Ottavia, a Margherita-style pizza, was 131 feet in diameter. That was in 2012.

Ingredients included:

  • 19,800 pounds of mozzarella cheese,
  • 1,500 pounds of margarine,
  • 550 pounds of rock salt.

The longest pizza measured 6,333 ft. 3.60 inches. That was in California in 2017. 

Ingredients included:

  • 17,700 pounds of dough, 
  • 5,000 pounds. of tomato sauce,
  • 3,900 pounds of mozzarella cheese. 

National Cheese Pizza Day was probably intended as a marketing gimmick to get us back to basics. No frills. Just enjoy the dough, the sauce, and the cheese. 

Without the plain pizza, there would be no “veggie” or “meat lovers” pizza variations.

So on Sunday, when you order pizza for lunch (44% of kids pick this option) or for dinner (59% of adults select this option) show a little love for the plain cheese pizza.

(What type of content should your business website blog offer? Advice rather than product promotion. Be a valuable info resource rather than an irritating source of sales pitches. For example, if you own a pizzeria or restaurant, then you would benefit from sharing this type of content with customers. Contact me if interested