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 ORLANDO, Fla., Sept. 29 /PRNewswire/ -- Alberto's Italian Restaurant located in the Shoppes of Kissimmee Shopping Plaza on S. Bermuda Avenue and Pleasant Hill Road in Kissimmee, will kick off its month-long observation of National Pizza Month on Monday Oct. 11. Starting at 7:30 p.m., the restaurant will be serving up free pizzas for the unemployed of Kissimmee. Co-sponsored by the Community Service Council of Osceola County, this offer will continue every Monday night between 7:30 and 9 p.m. for the entire month.
 Sponsored by the Pizza Today Magazine, Pizza Month was designed to promote the good fun and nutrition of pizza, "America's number one fun food."
 "Pizza is not only delicious but it is nutritious, too," said restaurant owner Alberto Jaccione. "And what better way to demonstrate that than to bring some fun and nutrition to those who can afford it least at a time when they need it most."
 Pizza Today Magazine's Executive Director Gerry Durnell, offers the following pizza "Fun Facts":
 1. According to a recent Gallup Poll, kids between the ages of three and 11 prefer pizza over all other foods for lunch and dinner.
 2. Gourmet toppings are gaining ground in some parts of the country, with such toppings as oysters, chicken, crayfish, dandelions, sprouts, eggplant, cajun shrimp, artichoke hearts and tuna.
 3. Pizza makers have tried virtually every type of food on pizzas, including peanut butter and jelly, bacon and eggs, and mashed potatoes.
 4. Around the world, toppings vary greatly to reflect regional preferences. In Japan, for instance, eel and squid are favorites; in Pakistan, curry is a big seller; in Russia, red herring is a topping of choice; Australians enjoy shrimp and pineapple on their pies; Costa Ricans favor coconut. (Courtesy of Numero Uno Pizzeria.)
 5. Basic pizza probably originated in prehistoric times, with bread cooked on hot stones.
 6. Shops in the volcano-devastated city of Pompeii bear the characteristics of a pizzeria.
 7. Marie Antoinette's sister, Marie Carolina, wife of Ferdinand I of Sicily and Naples, had ovens built in the forest so she could enjoy pizza while the Royal Hunting party feasted on wild ducklings and pigs killed in the hunt.
 8. Pizza, as we know it, originated with introduction of tomatoes to Europe via 16th century Peruvian explorations.
 9. In 1889, an Italian tavern owner named Don Raffaele Esposito developed a pizza featuring tomatoes, mozzarella cheese and basil -- ingredients bearing the colors of the Italian flag. He named it the Margherita Pizza, after the Queen of Italy, Margherita Teresa Giovanni. Thus, the modern day tomato and cheese pizza was born.
 10. Pizza first entered the United States when Italian immigrants brought it to New York and Chicago.
 11. The popularity of pizza exploded throughout the country when World War II servicemen returning from Italy began opening pizzerias and raving about that "great Italian dish."
 12. Pizza restaurants are opening in such unlikely locations as the Caribbean islands of Curacao and Bonaire, the South Pacific atoll of Palau, and in most Arab countries.
 13. The World's Largest Pizza was built by Lorenzo Amato and Louis Piancone in Tallahassee, Fla. The pizza was 10,000 square feet and measured 140 feet across. It weighed in at 44,457 pounds, consisting of 18,174 pounds of flour, 8,103 pounds of water, 6,445 pounds of sauce, 9,375 pounds of cheese and 2,387 pounds of pepperoni.
 Upcoming for Alberto's Italian Restaurant are several school events including: student art and music exhibits and car washes for fundraising. Also, free pizzas for report card "As", and a "Sponsor A Child" Program where Alberto will give parents who eat at his restaurant the chance to get their children's school supplies and field trips for the entire school year paid for by the restaurant.
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 /CONTACT: Delores A. Edelen of ProfitXposure, 407-348-3249, for Alberto's Italian Restaurant/

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