Pizza has been one of America’s favorite foods ever since 1945, when WWII GIs stationed in Italy returned home raving about a new dish they discovered overseas. So, it is little wonder that pizza has earned a starring role in some of America’s favorite movies too. Here are some classic movie scenes that will make you want to fire up the pizza oven!
Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982)
When teenage stoner Jeff Spicoli, played by Sean Penn, orders a pizza in the middle of history class, his teacher, Mr. Hand, is not amused. Mr. Hand invites the other students to have a slice before Spicoli can grab one. Pizza 101: always order enough for everyone—lesson learned!
Do The Right Thing (1989)
The setting for this classic movie is a Sal’s Famous Pizzeria in Brooklyn, owned by Italian-American Sal Frangione (Danny Aiello). Tensions rise when a regular customer Buggin’ Out (Giancarlo Esposito) notices that Sal only hangs pictures of Italian celebrities on his restaurant walls, even though the pizza place is located in a majority black neighborhood.
In this Mel Brooks-directed spoof on Sci-fi cinema, pizza literally takes a starring role in the character Pizza the Hutt. Voiced by legendary comedian Dom DeLuise, this space gangster is dripping with extra sauce and extra cheese! By the looks of him, you might say that he could use some "dough management equipment" and a few extra minutes in the pizza oven to get himself into better shape.
Mystic Pizza (1988)
This cult classic coming-of-age film also takes place in a pizza place located in Mystic, Connecticut. The story follows two Portuguese-American sisters as they navigate life, love, and family. Mystic Pizza was one of Julia Roberts’ early starring roles and marks the film debut of Matt Damon.
Whether you prefer deep dish, thin crust, fully loaded, or margharita-style, nobody can resist a hot slice right out of the pizza oven. So, gather the family around, pop in a favorite DVD, and dial up your favorite pizza restaurant. Tonight is a great night to enjoy two American favorites that go great together—movies and pizza!