Why Are Pizzas Round But Come In Square Boxes?

It’s one of the greatest mysteries of life: Is there life after death? Are we alone in the universe? Which came first the chicken or the egg? Why are pizzas being made in a circular shape? Well, even though we can’t answer the first three questions, we’ll try to tackle the latter one.

The truth is that nobody knows for sure why pizzas are round but there are a lot of reasons why they should be. First of all, pizza in Italian means pie and, as we know, pies are round. In addition, round pizzas can be easily divided and cut into equal pieces while their circular shape allows for a more evenly cooked and heated product. Also, let’s not forget that pizza dough is meant to be stretched by a mid-air spinning which, because of the centrifugal force, rounds the dough out.

In 1984, the “Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana” set rules about an authentic Neapolitan pizza which specified that pizzas should be round, have a diameter not larger than 11 inches (28cm) and come with a raised edge crust of about 1 inch (2.5cm). So, why are they sold in square boxes then? (the article continues after the ad)

Because it’s cheaper and simpler to have square boxes than round ones. Square boxes are easier to store and transport while they remain in a flat slate until they are assembled at the exact point of use. On the other hand, a round box needs to be assembled from four sections or can be pressed by special machinery that increases the manufacturing cost.

So now you know!

If you like what you read, then you will definitely love this one: Why Is Jack Daniel’s Sold In Square Bottles? 

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Source: How Pizza Got its Circular Shape | Why does a round pizza come in a square box? | Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana

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