Greetings, pizza aficionados! If you’re as passionate about pizza as we are, then you’re in for a treat. 

Today, we’re diving deep into the saucy, cheesy, and utterly fascinating history of pizza. So, grab a slice, sit back, and let’s embark on a culinary journey through time.

The Humble Beginnings

Ah, ancient times. A period when people were more concerned with inventing the wheel than perfecting the ideal cheese-to-sauce ratio. However, even back then, flatbreads with toppings were a thing. 

The Greeks, Egyptians, and Romans all had their versions of proto-pizza, but let’s be honest, they were basically eating glorified crackers with herbs.

The Italian Job

Fast forward to Naples in the late 18th century, where pizza as we know it began to take shape. The Neapolitans had a penchant for adding tomatoes to their flatbreads. Tomatoes, once thought to be poisonous, became the talk of the town. 

And thus, the Margherita was born, named in honour of Queen Margherita of Savoy. Legend has it that she fancied this simple tomato, basil, and mozzarella concoction above all other pizzas. Talk about royal approval!

The American Dream, One Slice at a Time

Pizza crossed the Atlantic with Italian immigrants and found a new home in the United States.

It was in the early 20th century that pizzerias began popping up in cities like New York and Chicago, each with their unique twist. Deep-dish, anyone?

The post-WWII era saw pizza evolving from an ethnic food to an American staple, faster than you can say “extra pepperoni.”

The Global Phenomenon

Today, pizza is a global phenomenon. From the sushi-topped creations in Japan to the curry pizzas of the UK, this dish has been adapted to local tastes around the world. 

And let’s not forget the endless debates about pineapple as a topping; a divisive issue that’s practically become a pizza subculture of its own.

Hungry for more? Whether you’re looking to spice up your menu or simply want to chat about the wonders of pizza, we’re all ears. Contact us today and let’s make pizza history together!

Written by Matt Maxted

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