I love pizza – who doesn’t? I thought for the sake of today’s blog I would take the time to discover the background and history about one of my favorite foods.
Pizza has been around since the 1700s, originated from Naples, Italy. Actually from the beginning, pizza wasn’t appreciated as much as it is today. Pizza was a inexpensive food and almost considered barbaric food option for lower class Neapolitans. It was very simple and easy to put together, and only contained a few cheap ingredients. Eventually pizzerias did began to form throughout Italy, and it became very popular, especially when King Umberto I and Queen Margherita of France visited Naples in 1861. They were bored with their traditional French cuisine, and desired to try this new phenomenon. They went to Pizzeria Brandi in Naples. The Queen loved pizza mozzarella, which is the traditional plain pizza americans love today. What also made the traditional pizza mozzarella so special is that consisted the colors of the Italian flag; tomato sauce – red, mozzarella – white, and basil – green.
Pizza didn’t become popular in the United States till the 1940s, when italian immigrants came to America and settled in major cities including: New York, Trenton, New Haven, Boston, Chicago, and St. Louis. Families opened their own pizzerias and America quickly fell in love with Pizza, and is still very much in love with it today!