Pizza Facts and History
The further back we look in time, the more interesting details we can find about that surrounds pizza. Today this dish is one of the most popular foods on the entire Earth, but that fame and recognition came from the decades of work of many international pizza restaurant franchises which spread this dish to the all four corners of the world. Before these pizza chains were formed, this dish slowly rose in popularity in the United Stated, brought from the Europe by the Italian settlers which did not wanted to be parted from one of the most iconic meals of their country. And there, in the Mediterranean coastal city of Naples, the modern Pizza was created.
Although 19th century Italy is regarded as a home of modern pizza, it roots go all the way back to the ancient Roman, Greek and Persian empires. The records from those times depict various types of bread in round and flat shapes, with various toppings on top. Although many European civilizations continued to use meals created in this fashion even up to today(coca from Catalonia and Valencia, Greek Pita, Turkish Pide,Lepinja or Solmun in Balkans), the cooks from Italy became most interested in pizza. They produced various pizza products from the ancient times to the middle ages. In the preserved ruins of the Italian city of Pompei, archeologist found unmistakable signs of the network that supported pizza production – from the street stands to the restaurant kitchens were pizzas were made. Most important ingredient that elevated local Italian dish to the worldwide famous pizza was arrival of the tomato from the New World in 16th century. Although Italian nobility regarded tomato as a poor man’s food, the inventive recipes and designs of Italian pizza cooks from Naples soon managed to change their minds. As the popularity of the pizza grew, pizza makers started to expand their business. The first restaurant dedicated only for selling pizza was opened in Naples in 1830, and after that many more appeared across all Italy. The pizza from witch almost all designs are based was created in the 1889 by the hands of the famous Naples chef Raffaele Esposito who made three pizzas for the King and Queen of Italy. His design of pizza Margherita became gold standard for all future pizzas.
Although the way pizza rose from the local low-class meal in the poor districts of Naples to the state it has today is interesting and filled with important moments, the current worldwide popularity of this incredible dish has created many interesting facts around it. And here, you can find about them all.(more)
History of human civilization is full of interesting dishes, but only few of them have managed to capture the imagination and respect from every corner of our world. Here you can find incredible stories about origins of pizza, and its journey from the ovens of the Italian chefs to the worldwide popularity that it has today.(more)
If you ever wondered how pizza managed to gain such popularity in our modern society, the answer is very easy – its can be easily and it offers infinite possibility of variation with its crusts, toppings, cheeses and sauces. Here you can find the basic steps and information about making your own pizza.(more)
After the pizza came to United States, it very slowly rose in popularity among the local population. Although pizza was popularized by the numerous Italian settlers and celebrities, the true sudden boom of interest came after the end of the World War 2 and the arrival of hungry soldiers from the European fronts. Enchanted with this great meal, soldiers soon managed to influence US population into accepting this Italian dish. Soon, big pizza restaurant franchises were founded and pizza started spreading across entire world. Consumers all around world buy approximately 5 billion pizzas annually (3 billion in United States alone), in the environment where fast growing pizza industry shifted their efforts from the serving pizzas in restaurants to the delivering them directly to the consumer homes.
Today Pizza continues to enchant hungry consumers all around the world. New combinations of crust, toppings are created daily, influenced by the local cuisines and food traditions.
- Pizza in the United States
Pizza arrived in United States at the beginning of 20th century, but it managed to become national meal only after World War II. Here you can learn more about the influence that Pizza had on American public and the rest of the world.
- Focaccia History - The Precursor of Pizza
As a precursor to pizza and one of the most respected and widely used bread meals in Italy, focaccia managed to have very impressive path through our history. Here you can find out more about this delicious meal.
- Sicilian Style Pizza
One of the most praised pizzas in the entire world comes from the small island of Sicily, were fisherman lifestyle managed to infuse their philosophy into every pore of their culture. Even food received some of that tradition, and the most notable one is perfect blend of Naples pizza and Sicilian sardines.
- Types of Pizza
With the long and interesting history, pizza managed to found its place in the every corner of our world. Naturally, different cultures and local cuisines played big part in the creation of vide variety of pizza types. Here you can find out more about how popular pizza variations around the world.
- Pizza and Health
The health question that surrounds pizza has created much controversy over the past decades. While many food chains made pizza food using their “fast food” mentality, the original recipes for home and restaurant made pizza still represents one of the healthiest food on the today’s market. Here you can find out more about this interesting matter.
- Timeline of Pizza History
The modern pizza that we all known and eat today comes from the minds of Italian cooks. Here you can find the timeline of all major points in the history of this interesting dish, and the journey that his meal made from the ruins of Roman Empire to every corner of our world.