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Posted by on Jun 7, 2015 in Tell Me Why |

When Was First Actual Pizza Made?

When Was First Actual Pizza Made?

The first actual pizza was made by Greeks who used to bake large, round, flat breads and top them with olive oil, spices, potatoes and other vegetables.

The first commercial pizza was developed in Italy, where Italians used thin bread flavored with olive oil and salt, and called it pizza (the Italian word for “pie”).

The interesting taste that we know today probably originated in the 16th century in Naples, Italy, where dough was shaped into flat circles and topped with tomatoes and anchovies.

Known as the dish for poor people, it was sold in the street and was not considered a kitchen recipe for a long time.

An often recounted story holds that on 11 June 1889, to honour the Queen consort of Italy, Margherita of Savoy, the Neapolitan pizzamaker Raffaele Esposito created the “Pizza Margherita”, a pizza garnished with tomatoes, mozzarella, and basil, to represent the national colours of Italy as on the Italian flag.

Today, pizza is served with many different kinds of toppings. Pizza made its appearance in America only about 45 years ago. It has become one of the country’s favorite foods.

Content for this question contributed by Diane Dube, resident of Springfield, Massachusetts, USA