Everybody knows pizza. It is a yeasted flatbread traditionally topped with tomato sauce and mozzarella cheese and baked in an oven. As years went by, different chefs gave their own spin to the pizza. Creating this way all the different kinds we have today and find on the many pizza near me around town. What do we know, however, about this amazing and reasonably simple dish?
The first time we come across the term pizza dates back to the 10th century in a manuscript from Gaeta in Italy. Modern pizza was invented in Naples, Italy in the early 19th century. A popular Italian legend tells us that when the Royal Palace of Capodimonte commissioned the Napolitan pizzaiolo (pizza maker) Raffaele Esposito to create a pizza in honor of the visiting Queen Margherita, of the three he had prepared, she preferred the one presenting the colors of the Italian flag: red (tomato), green (basil), and white (mozzarella). Said pizza was then named Pizza Margherita in her name. Nowadays there are, of course, doubts about the truthfulness of this story, but the fact remains that the pizza originated in Italy and has since spread all over the world.
When talking to people about pizza, you may find some doubting its “fast food” status. But few know that this dish was originally served exactly the way a street vendor would serve you a hot-dog. Making it one of the oldest fast foods.