Did you know pizza is one of the most popular fast food item all around the world? Maybe you do. But what do we really know about pizza that we enjoy so much? Well, during my recent visit to Naples, Italy I figured I knew nothing. So, I tried to learn as much as I can to share them with you guys. I hope you find them interesting and fun as much as I did.
FLATBREAD WAS THE KEY COMPONENT FOR PIZZA INVENTION IN NAPLES, ITALY.
1. Back in ancient Rome, the clay plates were rare and expensive. People could not afford them. So, they started to use flatbreads as a plate under their food, and the pizza was born.
2. The tradition of flatbreads came to Romans from Arab and Greek civilizations.
3. Christopher Columbus introduced tomatoes to Romans. At first, people thought that it was poisonous and used tomato plants to design their home. Until one day someone decided to cook and eat it. Lucky for us. Can you imagine a pizza without a tomato sauce?
4. Around 1830 pizza was sold exclusively in street stalls and street vendors outside the ovens. Then came to the pizzerias!
5. You should stop by the oldest pizzeria Port’Alba in Naples, Italy.
THE FAT AND HAPPY NAPELESE MADE THE QUEEN MARGHERITA’S DAY BACK IN 1889.
6. Pizza that we know today was discovered by Italy’s second king’s wife, the Queen Margherita of Savoy in the 19th century. In 1889, the Queen traveled to open a railway in industrialized Naples along with her husband. She was looking out from her carriage’s window when she saw the fat and happy Neapolitans eating a pizza. She requested to try some. People in the carriage declined her request saying “Pizza is the food of the poor people.” She insisted. Then the king found the best pizza maker in the town named Raffaele Esposito and ordered him to make a pizza for the queen.
7. During that time, there were only two kinds of pizzas. One called Marinara, it got its name from a fisherman’s wife who baked this pizza for the first time for her husband for a lunch. It had tomato, garlic, oregano, and black olives. The second one was a white flatbread with pigs’ fat on it. The chef thought that it would be inappropriate to present any of the pizza to Queen. So, he decided to create one for her.
8. Neapolitan chef Raffaele Esposito created the pizza for the Queen with tomato, mozzarella, and basil. The colors of the pizza were the representation of an Italian flag. To honor the Queen Margherita of Savoy; the famous chef named his pizza “Pizza Margherita.”
What do you think about these facts? Aren’t they interesting?