Monday is the day that requires pizza the most. Especially if it is a cold, rainy and windy January Monday.
So let’s cheer us all with (a slice of) pizza.
Pizza is the easiest thing to eat but it is one of the most complex subjects, as well.
Let’s start with something easy:
What is pizza?
Pizza, as we know it, is an oven-baked, flat, round bread typically topped with a tomato sauce, cheese and various toppings.
Where does exactly pizza come from?
Although the word pizza was first documented in a Latin text from the southern Italian town of Gaeta in 997 AD, and successively in different parts of Central and South Italy, the history of the dish itself is not very clear or well documented. During Sixteenth century, in Naples, Pizza was a kind of bread used by bakers to test the temperature of the oven. It was a very poor bread and wasn’t considered a recipe for a long time. But foods similar to pizza have been prepared since the Neolithic age. Records of people adding other ingredients to bread to make it more flavorful can be found throughout ancient history.
Fun fact: A popular urban legend holds that the archetypal pizza, Pizza Margherita, was invented in 1889, when the Royal Palace of Capodimonte commissioned the Neapolitan pizzaiolo Raffaele Esposito to create a pizza in honor of the visiting Queen Margherita. Of the three different pizzas he created, the Queen strongly preferred a pie swathed in the colors of the Italian flag: red (tomato), green (basil), and white (mozzarella).Supposedly, this kind of pizza was then named after the Queen as Pizza Margherita, though recent research casts doubt on this legend because there exists previous news about pizza with the same ingredients. So the name Margherita, would truly refer to the floral shape given by the disposition of the mozzarella cheese on top.
But this couldn’t be a real Monday without me complaining so here it goes:
I don’t think pizza should be considered exclusevly an italian dish.Sure, its origins are Italian and a certain kind of Pizza is an italian dish but nowadays
there exist so many recipes, so many variations of the pizza itself. It seems so crazy to me every kind of pizza is still considered italian.
Some of these recipes gained some sort of independence as for the New York or the Chicago one but still, outside America, they seem all the same: Just Pizza.
I suggest more information about pizza!
Let’s do leaflets and spread them around the world, let’s go knocking ad doors asking “excuse me, do you have a moment to talk about our cheesy Pizza?”
Okay, this is going too crazy maybe it’s better ending it here.