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Celebrate pi day, March 14

Celebrate Pi Day with a slice!

It's not just the math geeks among us who celebrate pi day each year on March 14. Founded by physicist Larry Shaw in 1988, The day marks the mathematical constant π (3.14), and is celebrated in countries that follow the month/day (m/dd) date format, because the digits in the date, March 14 or 3/14, are the first three digits of π (3.14). 

So now you know how/why the day has meaning, who wants some pie? Whether a pizza, an old-fashioned apple or blueberry delight or something over-the-top to bring home or to the office, March 14 is about all things pie: so indulge--guilt free!

If you want to go all out, because....pie....then check out the impossibly decadent showstopper the Italian Centre Shops in Edmonton and Calgary are offering to mark the occasion. 

Boasting a buttery, shortbread-type crust heaped with chocolate ricotta filling and topped with mini-chocolate cannoli, chocolate shavings and a dusting of powdered sugar, this hefty pie will mark the day in style.

“A transcendental number calls for a transcendent dessert.” said Angelo Antonucci, Director of Bakery Operations at the Italian Centre Shop, who recommends a serving size of 3.14 slices per person. “This Pi Day spin we put on a very traditional Sicilian favourite really gives us a chance to show off our creativity.”

Order the Holy Cannoli pi ($29.50) for pickup starting early morning on Monday, March 14 by calling or visiting italiancentre.ca/piday.  It's available at all five Italian Centre Shop locations in Edmonton and Calgary.

Many places in Edmonton have features to mark pi day, including Dadeo on Whyte Ave, serving up a peanut butter pie and other varieties. Alberta Food Tours offers these suggestions for a slice on this pi day: Sour Cherry Pie at Pie Junkie (or Duchess Bakery in Edmonton), Flapper Pie at Blackfoot Truck Stop Diner, and Coconut Cream Pie at Turner Valley's Chuckwagon Cafe.

Did you know? Here are a couple of fun facts to share with friends while enjoying that pie:

The value of pi was first calculated by Archimedes of Syracuse (287–212 BC), one of the greatest mathematicians of the ancient world.

Pi was first baptized with the Greek letter as its name when William Oughtred called it as such in his works dating back to 1647, later embraced by the scientific community when Leonhard Euler used the symbol in 1737.