The wonderfully smokey and spicy flavor, the chewy and sometimes crunchy texture, the way the grease oozes from the curl of the pepperoni onto the cheese – there’s something about pepperoni pizza that just makes your mouth water. It’s no wonder why that pepperoni is one of the most popular pizza toppings in the US. But what is pepperoni? How is it made? Where did it come from?

If you aren’t already craving pepperoni pizza, get ready. Here’s everything you need to know about this classic pizza topping.

First, Some History

Pizza may have originated in Italy, but pepperoni is actually American-Italian inspired, even though we don’t know exactly where it came from or who was the first to make it. John Mariani, a food writer and historian, says that the first mention of pepperoni was in 1919 when pizzerias and butcher shops were beginning to pop up all over the United States.

In Italian, the word “peperoni” actually means large peppers, like bell pepper. How the American word pepperoni came to mean the semi-sausage, semi-salami food, no one really knows. And there isn’t a type of salami in Italy that is called pepperoni. Possibly the closest thing to pepperoni in Italy is soppressata, which is a cured dry sausage. But really, do we care? It tastes amazing and adds a level of spice to our pizza that we just can’t live without.

How is it Made and What’s In It?

Pepperoni is a type of sausage made with minced beef and pork as well as spices such as red chilies, black pepper, salt, paprika, garlic, and fennel seed. To make it, the meat is finely minced and the spices are mixed into the meat. The mixture is then stuffed into casings and hung to dry. After several weeks, the pepperoni is sliced and ready to be placed (directly into your mouth) onto a pizza.

Why is Pepperoni So Popular?

Of all the pizza topping possibilities – olives, mushrooms, artichoke, pineapple, ham, bacon, onion, spinach, the list goes on forever – why is it that people always come back to the classic cheese and pepperoni pizza? From when you were a kid going to birthday parties to college dorm rooms to ordering pizza for a Friday night at home, we just can’t get enough! Is it the smokey, spicy flavor? The grease? The saltiness? The oh-so-delicious burnt edges that are somehow to-die-for? Or is it just all of the memories that flood back when you take that first irresistible bite? There doesn’t have to be a reason, does there.

Order Pepperoni Pizza From Dalia’s in West Covina

Now that you’re craving pizza, you’re wondering where to get it from, right? The team at Dalia’s knows that there are many options in the area, and we’ll even admit that a lot of them have delicious pizza. So why choose us? We offer pizza that is always made with fresh ingredients. We have all of the options that you could hope for, including pasta, wings, subs, and salads, as well as gluten-free and vegan options, seafood pasta, ribs, and more. Not sure what to order? Check out our menu and find something that will satisfy your craving for fresh, delicious pizza.