There’s a lot to love about calzones — and tiny (if anything) to dislike about them. That’s why those here at National Today celebrate National Calzone Day on November 1 by stuffing a calzone with our favorite pizza toppings and then stuffing ourselves with the results. Of course, since a calzone is a folded pizza, those toppings are not toppings so much as stuffings. Stuffing is the key — and stuff we will be — on National Calzone Day. Join us on this tastiest of holidays for some honest-to-goodness goodness.
National Calzone Day Timeline
Calzones got around
Calzones were invented in Naples, Italy — supposedly as a way to serve people a pizza they could walk around with.
Did somebody say “calzones”?
It’s the first documented use of “calzone” to refer to “a baked or fried turnover of pizza dough stuffed with various fillings.”
Calzones became superstars
Calzones have become wildly popular in recent years, perhaps due to the influence of television shows, such as “Seinfeld” and “Parks and Recreation,” both of which have featured storylines about calzones.
National Calzone Day Activities
Make one, bake one, and eat one.
It’s easy to celebrate food-related holidays and observances. Let your stomach do the talking. And then it’s time to eat!
Hold a calzone party.
Have friends and family members over, sit around the dining room table, and have each person build their favorite calzone. Then have a baking party and stuff yourselves silly.
Learn a few new recipes
We all have our favorite recipes. But part of the fun of National Calzone Day is learning about the wide different varieties. Try something new!
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What’s in a name? What’s in your calzone?
The word “calzone” comes from the Italian word for “pants” or “stockings.”
This calzone has room for many fillings.
According to Guinness, the enormous calzone ever made weighed 212 pounds. It was baked in 2014 by Rulli’s Italian Restaurant in Middlebury, Indiana.
Calzones are loaded with calories.
Calzones typically have the same amount of pizza dough as a regular pizza. One whole calzone can contain more than 2,000 calories.
Why We Love National Calzone Day
Calzones are ridiculously delicious.
Even the most “typical” calzone is overflowing with tasty goodness: salted bread baked to a crisp, golden perfection on the outside (warm and chewy on the inside) and stuffed with meats, cheeses, and veggies.
Calzones are handy
Science tells us that calzones are not only delicious but efficient. That’s because calzones, folded as they are, feature a lower surface-to-volume ratio than regular pizzas, resulting in better heat retention.
Calzones are flexible
Not only do they hold together nicely — what with all that pliable dough — calzones are also flexible in that you can put just about whatever you want inside.