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Mangia, mangia! It’s Pizza Day Saturday

No surprise National Pizza Day Feb. 9 was started by a pizza magazine publisher in 1984. He knew what he was doing. Americans consume on average 23 pounds of pizza per person per year, according to the National Day calendar.

We’ve enjoyed Pizza Day after the work week Friday night for decades. So, we were the perfect pair to taste test Louie Bossi’s new Tartufo pizza. This is something different. A white or bianca pie with truffle mushroom sauce, fresh mozzarella, basil and fresh cremini mushrooms ($23.50).  It’s a saucy bed on the bottom with fresh mushrooms that give it a crunch on top. Photos don’t do it justice. When we got to Bossi’s Boca restaurant, we discovered they had added another new pizza to the menu.

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It’s a red or russo called Giardino with fior de latte, a cow’s milk mozzarella. It has roasted garlic with sautéed sweet bell peppers and onions, called peperonata. A splash of honey infused with chili oil gives it a little kick. I’m not a fan of hots. My husband is. But we both loved this pie and would order it again. It’s $21.50.

Louie Bossi’s menu includes 10 red and six white pies with eight toppings. Next time I’m ordering the one with fresh clams. We both enjoyed red sangria to wash this down. They have an enormous wine list and extensive menu.

Here’s more facts about pizza per se, according to the National Day Calendar

·    Pepperoni is the most popular pizza at 36 percent of pies ordered.

·    Over 3 billion pizzas are sold in the USA each year.  Add another 1 billion on frozen pizzas.

·    Antica Pizzeria, the first pizzeria, opened in Naples, Italy in 1738.

·    Gennaro Lombardi, the first pizzeria in the United States, opened in Little Italy in New York City in 1905.

It’s still there.

By Marci Shatzman
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