The Secret History Of The First Pizza

Pizza's precursors

Old pizza. Historially, pizza was a flatbread. Egyptians, Romans, and Greeks ate bread with local toppings. Greeks ate herb-and-oil-topped focaccia.

Pizza gets history

Cato the Elder described a flat, round dough topped with olive oil, honey, and herbs. Virgil's 

tomato is introduced

Pizza without this? Pizzas often include tomato sauce. Colonialists introduced tomatoes to Europe. Tomatoes were formerly considered toxic in Europe.

Popular pizza

1700s and 1800s Naples' poor ate pizza. Naples, Italy's largest city Poor seaport. Lazzaroni needed takeout. Cheap pizza.

world's oldest pizzeria

Antica Pizzeria Port'Alba opened in Naples at this time in 1738. The pizzeria reportedly didn't sell to the public at first.

Classic pizzas debut

The world's oldest pizzeria is Antica Pizzeria Port'Alba. This eatery claims to have invented the marinara pizza.

Margherita pizza

Margherita pizza is simple. Cheese, basil, and tomatoes. We can't claim it was "created" in 1889 since it's so easy.

Neapolitan pizza

Neapolitan pizza spread swiftly. The Italian Queen was eating pizza, therefore it wasn't fit for the poor.

Pizza is mostly Italian

By the 20th century, pizza was still largely found in Italian kitchens due to unfavourable late 19th-century reports.

American pizza

In 1904, two Boston brothers brought pizza to America, according to The Boston Journal.

WWII transforms American pizza

If you're creating pizza sauce or other Italian meal, you'll probably need oregano. Oregano wasn't on American pizza until World War II.

true pizza

Pizza developed by feeding Naples' poor. Some towns desire to recall the "real" first pizza. True Neapolitan Pizza Association is one.

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