Whether you like your pizza Chicago-style or New York-style, it is best topped with pepperoni.
In the U.S., the pizza industry is worth nearly $46 billion as of September 2018, with the top pizza chains dominating the industry with nearly a 60 percent slice of the market, or $26 billion. Independent and small chains are becoming increasingly popular too – and are worth nearly $19 billion as of last year.
The spicy cured dried sausage might sound Italian, but its origins stem from the gold old U S of A. The word “pepperoni” means “big peppers” in Italian, with the first known mention of pepperoni way back in 1919 in New York City, when Italian immigrants used American ingredients to make the topping. Since then, it has gone on to become a beloved staple in pizzerias internationally.