Archive for October 23, 2013
Pizza can trace its roots back to the ancient Greeks who covered pita bread with oils, herbs, and cheese. In fact, the word “pizza” is derived from the Greek word “pita.” The Romans continued this tradition, often adding honey to the mix. The modern pizza was likely invented in Naples in the 18th century.
One popular legend surrounding the history of pizza is that the popular type of pizza known as the Margherita was named after an Italian Queen of the same name. The story goes that the Queen was visiting Naples, and in her honor a pizza maker created different three pizzas. The Queen liked the pizza featuring basil, cheese and tomato because these ingredients reflected the green, white and red, respectively, of the Italian flag. Because she picked this pizza, it henceforth became known as the Margherit