Pizza is interestingly gaining recognition in Ghana and some African countries like Nigeria, South Africa, Togo just to mention but a few. The great recognition and love for this Italian meal came from the sweats of many restaurants who had loaned their great deal of time in spreading this food throughout the world.
The use of tomato in paizza making became highly common by late 16th century, it became the most essential ingredient for pizza making. The first pizza selling business was started by the restaurants in Naples.
Some of us every now and then want to enjoy some pizza and the fights for who takes the last piece is so common. But surprisingly, this common dish has so many but not common facts. If you enjoy pizza like me then you will surely love to know these 5 interesting facts about history of Pizza.
1. Origin of pizza
Pizza is an Italian dish so it obviously has its roots from Italy. But there you go wrong the roots of this recipe get traced back when the Greek, Roman and Persian empires existed. It was mainly the innovative recipe of 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 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 pizza 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 the queen Margherita the queen of Italy at that time. During her survey to 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 her taste as it was the meal of poor ones. Due to this increasing dismay, she began a tradition and called the pizza as “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 the immigrants of Italy. It became the toast of the town after the World War 1 when the soldiers had returned from Europe with the extreme fondness of this dish. In 1950’s, many famous celebs had promoted this meal.
By this time pizza industry has taken birth in the USA. Pizza hut, Dominos and Papa Johns were the earliest of the restaurants in the USA which were successful in spreading the delicious taste of pizza in several mouths.
4. First frozen pizza
The concept of frozen pizza was introduced by Celentano brothers. They invented it in 1957. The availability of these frozen pizzas was only constructed to few grocery stores during 1950’s, but with the stream of time, these frozen pizzas got loved and now easily available in not only grocery stores but also in a gas station, 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 favorite.