🗓️ November 12
Pizza is a beloved food that brings people together. It’s the perfect meal to share with friends, family, and even strangers. However, there is one topping that has caused more controversy than any other: anchovies. Yes, that tiny fish that packs a punch has sparked debates, ruined friendships, and even caused some people to swear off pizza altogether. That’s why we should celebrate Pizza with Everything Except Anchovies Day as a holiday on November 12.
What’s so fishy about anchovies?
Let’s start with the basics. Anchovies are small, saltwater fish that are often used as a pizza topping. They have a strong, salty flavor that some people love while others would rather eat a slice of cardboard. If you’re not a fan of anchovies, don’t worry, you’re not alone. In fact, most people prefer their pizza without them.
When it comes to pizza toppings, the possibilities seem endless. You can add meats, vegetables, fruits, and even dessert items like chocolate. But when you add anchovies, you limit your options. Not all toppings pair well with this salty fish. For example, anchovies and pineapple are a combination that most people wouldn’t dare try.
How it began
The origins of this holiday are shrouded in magical mystery, but let’s just say it was created by a group of pizza lovers who had suffered one too many bad anchovy experiences.
The holiday takes place on November 12, because it’s far enough away from National Pizza Day (February 9) and Halloween (October 31) but close enough to Thanksgiving (November 25) that it won’t be forgotten.
How to celebrate
So how can you celebrate this holiday?
Well, the options are as infinite as the number of times someone has said “just one more slice” and then regretted it later.
You can make your own pizza with all your favorite toppings except anchovies.
You can order a pizza with everything and just ask for no anchovies.
Or you can get creative and try some unusual combinations like cheese and grapes pizza or peanut butter and jelly pizza.
If you’re feeling adventurous, you can celebrate this holiday with your pets or stuffed animals.
They won’t judge your pizza choices and will be happy to share a slice with you. Just be mindful of their dietary restrictions keeping human-food ingredients like onions, garlic and cheese to an absolute minimum.
For those who want to celebrate with loved ones, consider hosting a pizza party.
Make a variety of pizzas with different toppings and have a taste test.
You can even have a contest to see who can come up with the most unusual pizza combination.
Who knows what culinary master pieces you can create this way!
Celebrating on a budget? No problem. You can make your own pizza dough and use whatever toppings you have on hand. Get creative and see what you can come up with.
For those who want to go all out, consider a pizza-themed costume party.
Dress up as your favorite pizza toppings and have a blast!
If you’re making your own pizza, be sure to follow safety tips. Use oven mitts to handle hot pans, wash your hands before diving in and be careful when cutting your pizza. And if you or anyone in your party is lactose intolerant or has a seafood allergy, provide allergen free alternatives and be extra careful to avoid any toppings that may contain anchovies.
Whether you’re a pizza purist or like to mix it up with unusual combinations, there’s a pizza out there for everyone. So, go ahead and enjoy a slice or two, just leave the anchovies off.
And if anyone questions why you’re celebrating such a strange holiday, just tell them Wild Calendar gave you permission to do so!
Happy pizza eating!