Thin crust. Deep dish. Extra cheese. Pepperoni. Sausage. Meat lover’s. No meat. Red sauce. White sauce. No sauce. Any way you slice it, pizza is D-lish! So much so in fact that the whole month of October is dedicated to the scrumptious pie…it’s National Pizza Month! Did you know that Americans eat around 350 slices of pizza per second? That roughly equates to 23 pounds of pizza per person (or 46 slices) every year, helping to make pizza a $30 Billion industry. Wowzas!
I am proud to say that I am one of those 46-slicers (although I could probably do that in a couple of trips to the ‘Hut’). Nothing makes me more happy than digging into a homemade (or delivered) pizza, the ultimate combination of sauce and cheese and crunchy-chewy dough that when upon first bite, engulfs your taste buds in a smorgasbord of amazingness. Mmmm! The great thing about pizza is there is an unlimited amount of choices and options when it comes to choosing your pie. Everything from the type of crust to the sauce and of course the endless amounts of toppings…whatever your inner-italian heart desires, you can basically make it into a pizza (and when I say anything, I mean anything. Some of the more trendy restaurants are now serving their hungry pizza patrons pies topped with mashed potatoes, macaroni and cheese, peanut butter and jelly and even bacon and eggs—now that’s what I call thinking outside the pizza box).
Having eaten my share of pies over the years (and having witnessed many others do the same) as well as having been to many a pizza place, I started to develop a theory on what your pizza says about you. Yupp, that’s right…move over Myers Briggs, Belbin, Hogan and all those other personality profilers…Hansen has got a theory of her own. Bizarre though it might seem, what you choose to put on top of your pizza – and what you choose to leave out – seems to reveal quite a lot about your personality and approach to life.
I’d like to present to you…my Pizza-gorean Theorem:
Those who prefer their pie covered in pepperoni (or any other single-meat topping) are fun-loving and well-liked by most everyone. They are dependable and easy-going, trustworthy and kind. Their friends think of them as their go-to for solving problems and giving a helping hand. These people like to have fun, often spending time with family and friends. They would rather stay in with a movie or game night than go out to a big flashy party or club. Though very outgoing after you get to know them, they can be quite shy at first. They also have a tendency to work too hard and often do not give themselves enough credit for the accomplishments they have achieved.
Smile and say CHEESE-
Those who prefer a simple of pie with just cheese are easy-going, kind and non-judgemental. They take pleasure in the simple things in life, not taking for granted the things they have been given or have. Cheese-eaters have a lot of friends; they are very loyal and honest and would do anything for them. They often put others before themselves and are often times involved in volunteer work or charities. These people are intelligent and smart yet they might not have the courage to speak up when necessary. They also may have a fear of change and do not like confrontation.
Where’s the beef? And ham? And Pepperoni? And sausage?
Those who are kin to eating a pie loaded with any and every kind of meat are very fun, extroverted and love to be the center of attention. If you want to laugh, saddle up next to them because they are often your Adam Sandlers and Ellen Degenerous’ of the world. These people play hard and play even harder. They sure know how to be the life of the party but don’t always know when it is time to get down to work. These meat lovers love to challenge authority and push boundaries, always stretching the status-quo which makes them great entrepreneurs. Sometimes however their over-zealous personality can be seen as cocky and selfish if taken to the extreme.
People who prefer to eat the pies piled high with veggies are idealistic, humble and tend to be on the introverted side of things. They place great value in the relationships they have with others and are always there for their friends and family. These people like to look on the bright side of things, are always searching for the positives and are very caring and sensitive. They are empathetic and understanding and make for great listeners. These people can tend to be very shy at times and place too much pressure on themselves to be perfect and caring too much about what others may think of them.
Those who like a little bit of everything on their pizza are very adventurous, fun and spontaneous. They have a zest for life and love doing everything and anything that is out of the ordinary. Supreme pizza fans are very easy-going, loveable and care-free, always ready for what may happen next. They like the challenge of learning and trying new things and are very out-going. These people are not afraid to strike up a convo with a stranger and often have many friends. They can however tend to get bored easily and sometimes have a slight temper.
Flare for the Exoctic-
People who choose different and out-of-the-ordinary toppings for their pie (such as anchovies, pineapple and goat cheese) are sophisticated and worldly. They enjoy the finer things in life and aren’t afraid to spend a little extra when it comes to what they eat, wear, drive, etc. These people are also very smart, achievement-oriented and are natural leaders. They place a great emphasis in work and strive for recognition from others. Despite their power and accomplishments however, these people also can be slightly aggressive at times and don’t know how to communicate on a personal level with those around them.
*Note: The above assumptions are just that and are not based on any quantity of fact.
So what do you think? Do you fit into any of the descriptions above? I know that there is a lot of room for interpretation within this theory and please feel free to disagree with any or all of it, but it is interesting to see and point out some correlations between pizza pie and personality. I myself can see me fitting into a couple of those categories (mostly the pepperoni and vegg) although my favorite, go-to pizza is the simple yet oh-so-yummy Margherita with fresh mozzarella, tomatoes and basil. In my opinion, you can’t get any better than that. I haven’t really thought of the personality type for that kind of pie yet but I can assure you, it would fit me to a tee
I am off to indulge in a little National Pizza Month celebration of my own (well, pepperoni bagel bite pizzas but hey, those count, right?) because all this talk of pie has got me craving it something fierce! I hope you all have a great rest of your Tuesday night guys!
Question of the day: What would you have on your ultimate pizza?