There’s a lot to love about calzones — and very little (if anything) to dislike about them. That’s why those of us here at National Today are going to 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 actually a folded pizza, those toppings are not really toppings so much as stuffings. Anyway, stuffing is the key — and stuffed we will be — on National Calzone Day. Join us on this most tasty of holidays for some honest-to-goodness goodness.
National Calzone Day timeline
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.
Did somebody say "calzones"?
It's the first documented use of the word "calzone" to refer to "a baked or fried turnover of pizza dough stuffed with various fillings."
Calzones got around
Calzones were invented in Naples, Italy — supposedly as a way to serve people a pizza they could walk around with.
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 many 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 largest 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. In fact, 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 bendy dough — calzones are also flexible in that you can put just about whatever you want inside.