National Calzone Day

For anyone not familiar with the concept of a calzone, let us explain. A calzone is dough filled with Italian meats, ricotta, and mozzarella cheeses. The dough is folded into a shape resembling a half-moon and then baked until golden brown.

The name of this baked dish comes from the Italian word “calzoni,” which means “pants legs.” It’s a dish so loved and respected that it has been given its own holiday, known as National Calzone Day, observed every November 1st.

Some Fun Facts About Calzones

Below are some facts we’ve learned about calzones. We think these facts are just as tasty as the calzone itself, so we decided to share them for this holiday.

  • Calzones originated as street food on the streets of Naples, Italy, during the 18th century.
  • Calzones were an easy way for workers to eat lunch without needing a knife or fork.
  • Technically speaking, a calzone is an Italian turnover.
  • The Sicilian cudduruni pizza is distantly related to the calzone.
  • Cheeses other than ricotta or mozzarella used in calzones include provolone and Parmesan.
  • Sauce on the Side is a restaurant in St. Louis, Missouri, that specializes in calzones.
  • There are various dessert calzones available, including a Cannoli Calzone that people can make at home.

Observing National Calzone Day

This day is best observed with a hot calzone and some friends. While enjoying your calzone, be sure to use the hashtag #NationalCalzoneDay to spread the word about it. Oh, and don’t forget to have some sauce on the side while you’re at it. Now you’re having a party!

When is it?
This year (2024)
November 1 Friday
Next year (2025)
November 1 Saturday
Last year (2023)
November 1 Wednesday
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