I’m pretty sure there’ is/was a pizza place in Santa Cruz, California with that name! Pizza could probably be named The World’s Favorite Food. Pizza can be fancy shmancy gourmet from a specialty pizza shop, or a slice from Domino’s, and the toppings are only limited by your imagination! Who doesn’t like pizza?!
Here’s a brief timeline of how pizza came to be:
4000 BC – the Egyptians begin making bread with yeast.
425 BC – Egyptians celebrate Pharoah’s birthday with a flatbread seasoned with herbs.
600 AD – Mozzarella cheese made with the milk of water buffalo (still done this way in Naples, Italy!)
1522 – Tomatoes are introduced to Europe from Peru, and added to yeast dough to make the first pizza.
1600’s – Naples becomes the true birthplace of pizza. It was made by peasant men known as “pizzaioli.”
1889 – The Margherita pizza is named after Queen Margherita, Queen of Italy. Queen Margherita and King Umberto I had Raffaele Esposito, a famous pizza maker, make them a pizza. The dough was topped with mozzarella, basil and tomatoes to represent the colors of the Italian flag. The Queen loved the pizza so much that it was named after her!
Late 1800’s – Italian immigrants bring pizza to America. Pizza peddlers carry tubs of pizza up and down the streets.
1943 – The fist deep-dish pizza was made by Ike Sewell in Chicago. The Chicago-style crust is born, with a deep crust an inch or more deep with lots of toppings.
1945 – American soldiers stationed in Italy fall in love with pizza. When they get home, they want their pizza!
2004 – Americans buy more than four billion fresh and one billion frozen pizzas this year!
Just about every country in the world makes pizza. The toppings vary, and are definitely very different from good ol’ pepperoni!
Japan: eel, squid, and mayo jaga (Mayo Jaga is made with tomato sauce and its toppings are onion, corn, potato, pancetta, paprika and mayonnaise).
France: with an egg, sunny-side up, on top!
India: mutton, pickled ginger, tofu and paneer, which is similar to cottage cheese.
Russia: served cold and topped with sardines, tuna, mackerel, salmon and onions.
Australia: emu, kangaroo and crocodile meat with BBQ sauce.
‘Merica – pepperoni, tomatoes, cheese, peppers, sausage, onions.
So, now you know a little more about pizza! Go order or make yourself one for dinner tonight. You’ll be supporting America’s farmers and ranchers, and making your whole family (and your tummy) happy!
And be on the lookout for more pizza posts to come!