National Handmade Day

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Why We Love Celebrating National Handmade Day

April 7, 2019

The Sipipa motto is “nothing beats fresh,” and nothing says fresh better than celebrating National Handmade Day. Each year, on April 7, we take time out of our busy schedules to honor this special day and thank those who always go the extra mile to create delicious foods, creative crafts, and sustainable goods from scratch.

At Sipipa, we try to celebrate this national holiday every day with our handmade pizza dough—the bread and butter of our growing business. Today, we have Sipipa locations across the Greater Houston area, but our story began with the simple idea that high-quality, fresh ingredients have the power to transform an ordinary pizza into something special.

In 1990, Sipipa’s very own Chef Ben combined his passion for fresh, local ingredients with his love for authentic Italian cooking. Though it’s been nearly 30 years since we first opened our doors, we continue to live by his way of life—starting with our handmade pizza dough.

Where does pizza come from?

The word “pizza” itself dates back to 997 A.D. in Gaeta, Italy, but what we know as modern day pizza was developed in Naples, Italy in the late 18th century. Many historians believe that focaccia bread was the first real precursor to pizza, which came about once tomatoes were finally added to the bread.

Shortly after it was introduced, pizza became very popular amongst migrants in Central and Southern Italy. Though pizza itself was created in Naples, cultures all over the world have been adding toppings and sauces to bread to make it more flavorful for centuries.

Believe it or not, pizza was considered a sweet, not savory, dish until the late 19th or early 20th century. Though it started out as a dish made from handcrafted bread and homemade sauce with various toppings, pizza became a primarily savory meal once cheese was finally added to the toppings.

When did pizza become popular in America?

The first pizzeria in the United States, Lombardi’s, was established by Gennaro Lombardi in 1905 in New York City. Within just five years of Lombardi’s opening, pizza’s popularity spread through New Jersey, Boston, Philadelphia, and Chicago—all areas known for their high influx of Italian immigrants in the early 20th century. Though pizza became popular amongst Italian immigrants in the early 1900s, it didn’t become the global phenomenon that it is today until after World War II.

Today, pizza is a fan-favorite dish that comes in all shapes and sizes, but not all pizza is created equal. In addition to fresh ingredients and authentic cheese, handmade pizza dough can make all the difference in the taste and texture of your favorite pizza. That’s why Sipipa never cuts time or cost when it comes to creating the highest quality pizza possible.