Who invented the modern Pizza?
Pizza is one of the most popular foods in the world, enjoyed by people of all ages. It’s no surprise that this delicious dish has a long and interesting history. Join us as we explore the origins of pizza and how it became the global phenomenon it is today.
The origins of pizza
Pizza was invented in Italy, and many consider a man named Raffaele Esposito to be the father of modern pizza as we know it. He is credited with creating the first ever pizza pie, which featured tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, and basil in the Italian city of Naples around 1890. The dish quickly gained popularity and has since become one of the most popular foods in Italy and the world.
As word of this delicious new dish spread, people began to experiment with different toppings and ingredients, making it their own according to their personal taste and culture. This resulted in the creation of many different variations of pizza, which are enjoyed all over the world today. No matter what your favorite topping may be, there’s sure to be a pizza out there for you! Thank you, Raffaele Esposito, for giving the world this gift that we all enjoy so much.
How Pizza Became a Global Phenomenon
Pizza has come a long way since its humble beginnings in Italy. Today, there are countless different variations of this popular dish, with toppings that include everything from pepperoni to pineapple. Whether you like your pizza simple or loaded with toppings, there’s sure to be a pie that you’ll enjoy.
In 1890 pizza was becoming culinary phenomenon in Italy thanks to Raffaele, to the point where queen Margherita of Savoy decided to take a trip to Naples to try for herself. She insisted that Raffaele prepared a special kind of pizza designed for her sophisticated royal palate. Raffaele decided to create a pizza with tomato, mozzarella cheese and basil, which are the colors of the Italian flag, and that is how pizza Margherita was born.
After that event the word about pizza started spreading outside of Italy. It wasn’t long before pizza made its way to other countries, where it was met with enthusiasm. People everywhere started putting their own spin on the dish, adding their favorite toppings and ingredients.
As Italian immigrants left Europe and traveled to South and North America they took the recipe of traditional pizza with them, but they also kept experimenting trying to appeal to the palate of the people who greeted them at their new countries, to the point where some of these evolutions of pizza became a separate recipe of their own, such is the case with American Pizza, Mexican Pizza or Argentinian Pizza.
That being said, it is mind blowing to see how no matter where in the world you might find yourself, it seems like you can always find an Italian restaurant making traditional Italian pizza that will taste very close to the original. In part this is due to the simplicity of the recipe, which base can be completed with very few and very common ingredients.
Did your culture adapt pizza in its own unique way? How is the pizza in your country? Tell us in the comments below!
The Many Different Variations of Pizza
We’ve seen some of the reasons why pizza is probably one of the most popular foods in the world, and how there are countless different variations to choose from. But in the global world that we live today new regional adaptations are not unlikely to pop up. Instead we see pizza being adapted to new dietary trends, such as vegan pizza or gluten free pizza.
More than 200 years after Raphaelle Esposito invented the modern pizza, Margherita is still one of the most popular types, however new toppings no one could have imagined on a pizza keep coming up. Where do you stand on the debate about pineapple as a pizza toping for example? Hahaha! But not only that, pizzas without tomato, known as white pizza, are also popular these days, even pizza with nothing else but just toppings!
And if you still haven’t gotten enough pizza after that, don’t worry, there is also chocolate pizza for those who cant stop eating it even for dessert.
The one thing we know for sure is that pizza has been able to thrive for more than two centuries, and it will continue to do so. New variations will appear, some will stick, some wont, but as long as there are people cooking there will be pizza, no matter where you are.