Sunday, May 15, 2005

Who invented pizza, Italy or America?

Where was pizza invented and I'm speaking of the kind of pizza we eat today?
Was it Italy, America, China? This question came up while a group of us were at a restaurant eating italian food.

Answer on Who invented pizza, Italy or America?

The idea for pizza is older than Italy. The Greeks first came up with the idea of baking bread in round, flat shapes and adding things on top. A combination of olive oils and certain spices was a favorite. Leaves were typical toppings, along with certain kinds of meat and even fruit. It’s almost certain that Greeks would have used the tomato, except that it was not discovered at the time! True mozzarella cheese was at the time of the Greeks imported from India, which made it hard for anyone to get their hands on this cheese.

Pizza was first created by the baker Raffeale Esposito in Naples, Italy. According to legend, Esposito wanted to create a kind of bread that would stand apart from all other kinds sold in Naples. He first experimented with adding only cheese to bread, then added sauce underneath it and let the dough take the shape of a large round pie. His creation was immediately a favorite, and Esposito was called to make a pizza for the visit of King Umberto and Queen Margherita of Italy in 1889. He made a pizza of three colors-white cheese, red sauce and green basil spices, to mirror the Italian flag and show his loyalty to his country. It was a hit, and he named his creation the Margherita pizza after the queen.