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Posted by on Jan 1, 2015 in TellMeWhy |

When Was First Pizza Made?

When Was First Pizza Made?

The first pizza originated in the 16th century, and the Greeks made it. They used to bake large, round, flat breads and top them with olive oil, spices, potatoes and other vegetables.

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

Taste that we know today probably originated in the 16th century in Naples, Italy. Where dough was given a shape of flat circles and topped with tomatoes and anchovies.

An often recounted story holds that on 11 June 1889, to honour the Queen consort of Italy, Margherita of Savoy.

The Neapolitan pizza maker Raffaele Esposito created the “Pizza Margherita” and garnished it with tomatoes, mozzarella, and basil. To represent the national colors of Italy as on the Italian flag.

Known as the dish for poor people, street vendors in Naples sold flat breads with toppings for many years before then, and was not considered a kitchen recipe for a long time.

Italian immigrants brought pizza with them to Spain, France, England, and the United States. It didn’t gain popularity until after World War II, though. That’s when returning soldiers looked for the food they had grown to love while fighting overseas.

It made its appearance in America only about 45 years ago. It has become one of the country’s favorite foods.

The first United States pizzeria — G. Lombardi’s — opened in 1905. The owner was Gennaro Lombardi. He opened his restaurant at 53 1/3 Spring Street in New York City. It is still open today using its original oven, although it has changed place.

Pepperoni dominates as the most popular pizza topping. A whopping 36 percent of people order pepperoni on their pizzas, according to research by business adviser Brian Roemmele.

Pizza gets sold fresh or frozen, and whole or as portion-size slices or pieces. Methods have developed to overcome challenges such as preventing the sauce from combining with the dough.

Producing a crust that could be frozen and reheated without becoming rigid. There are frozen pizzas with raw ingredients and self-rising crusts.

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