National Calzone Day

For anyone not familiar with the concept of a calzone, let us break it down for them. A calzone is a dough that’s filled with Italian meats, ricotta, and mozzarella cheeses. The dough is folded into a shape that looks somewhat like a half-moon and then it’s baked until it’s golden brown.

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

Some Fun Facts About Calzones

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

  • Calzones started out as street food on the streets of Naples, Italy during the 18th century.
  • Calzones were an easy way for workers to eat lunch without having to worry about having a knife or fork.
  • Technically speaking, a calzone is an Italian dumpling.
  • The Sicilian cudduruni pizza is distantly related to the calzone.
  • Other cheeses other than ricotta or mozzarella cheeses that are used for calzones are provolone and Parmesan.
  • Sauce on the Side is a restaurant in St. Louis, Missouri that specializes in calzones.
  • There are a number of different 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 you’re enjoying your calzone, be sure to use the hashtag #NationalCalzoneDay to spread the love about it. Oh, and while you’re enjoying your calzone, don’t forget to have some sauce on the side. Now you’re having a party!

When is it?
This year (2023)
November 1 Wednesday
Next year (2024)
November 1 Friday
Last year (2022)
November 1 Tuesday
Food & Drinks