HISTORY OF THE PIZZA
Pizza began simply as a garnished flat bread sold by roaming vendors
to the poor in
the streets of
Naples. Probably the biggest step wards its present-day
was the acceptance of
the tomato by the Neapolitans, and
the subsequent use of its
flesh as pizza topping.
happy culinary partnership was endorsed, so the story goes,
in when queen Margherita
accompanying her Husband,
Umberto I of Savoia on an inspection
of his Italian Kingdom.
During her trips around
the kingdom she
saw many peasants and poor people eating a flat bread which
called .The curious queen summoned her guards
and asked them to bringher a piece
flat bread. The queen
liked what she ate and would eat this flat
bread every time she
went out of her palace.
queen was extremely popular with the masses and had developed
a great liking for their Pizza.
This taste was considered somewhat
undesirablein court circles. One day in June, on the queens
Raffaele Esposito was summoned from his pizzeria to the palace
to bake a selection
of Pizzas for the queen.
in order to honour the queens desire for his
pizzas baked a special pizza with tomato,
Mozzarella, cheese and
basil (the colours of the Italian flag - red/white/green).
was a great hit with the queen and Esposito was summoned often to
bake this pizza.
When the news got out that the queens favourite
was topped with tomato, mozzarella & basil,
she not only became
an even greater hit with the public,
but also started a trend for
Margherita that has lasted in Naples and around
to this day.