Five Facts About History of Pizza


Without a whole doubt the most popular dish among people of any age — from a kid to an age — is pizza. The great recognition and love for this Italian meal came from the sweat of many restaurants who had loaned a great deal of time in spreading this food throughout the world. 

With the use of tomatoes being highly common by the late 16th century, it became the most essential ingredient for pizza making. With the increasing love for pizza, its business also expanded. In 1830, the first pizza-selling business was started by the restaurant Naples.  

We all now jump out of our seats if pizza is our meal and especially those fights for the last piece are so common. But surprisingly, this common dish has so many not-so-common facts. You will surely love the interesting top five facts, that have been shared in this article.

1: Origin of pizza

Pizza is an Italian dish so it obviously has its roots in Italy. But there you go wrong the roots of this recipe get traced back to when the Greek, Roman, and Persian empires existed. It was mainly the innovative recipe of the Greeks. Over the thick round bread, they use to garnish different vegetables like potatoes and spices. Yes, that was the earliest pizza without having cheese as their basic ingredient! So why is pizza famous, for it being an Italian dish? The reason veiled in this drilled concept is the commercial origin of pizza in this country. But even these Italian pizzas were no cheese pizzas as they were made of simple bread over which lay various toppings. Being cheap food, this was the meal of poor ones which they use to buy from street vendors in the name of “pizza”.

 2: Pizza valued in Italy

This peasant food was loved by queen Margherita the queen of Italy at that time. During her survey of a few lands, she caught the sight of people eating this bread, which she once tasted, and fell in love with the meal. But court people objected to her taste as it was the meal of poor ones. Due to this increasing dismay, she began a tradition and called the pizza “pizza Margherita” which spread throughout the world like fire.  

 3: Pizza’s popularity in the USA

The popularity of pizza in the USA was constructed among immigrants from Italy. It became the toast of the town after World War 1 when the soldiers returned from Europe with an extreme fondness for this dish. In the 1950s, many famous celebs promoted this meal. By this time pizza industry has taken birth in the USA. Pizza hut, Dominos, and Papa Johns were the earliest restaurants in the USA which were successful in spreading the delicious taste of pizza to several mouths.

4: First frozen pizza

The concept of frozen pizza was introduced by the Celentano brothers. They invented it in 1957. The availability of these frozen pizzas was only constructed in a few grocery stores during the 1950s, but with the stream of time, these frozen pizzas got loved and are now easily available in not only grocery stores but also in a gas stations, bars and other stores which provide convenience.

5: First pizzeria

The first pizzeria was opened by Gennaro Lombardi. He was an immigrant from Italy who shifted to the USA. He launched his first pizzeria called “Lombardi’s” in 1897 in New York. But now there are numerous of pizzeria which is still making this dish extremely popular and a favorite.

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