The Birth of Pizza
Since it’s on my mind and my stomach is already growling, let’s dive right into the reason some of you may have stopped off on this trip with us – the pizza! Forget Chicago, Detroit, and New York-styled pizza, they’re an Americanized representation of real Italian pizza. Now, it’s said that a form of pizza and foods similar to pizza have roots all the way back to the late 900’s AD and in the early Middle East, but the pizza we know and love today used to be served a bit sweeter and on a softer dough known as schiacciata. Another sort of “origin story” stems from Naples in 1889, when pizza maker Raffaele Esposito allegedly came up with the “Pizza Margherita” for Queen Margherita of Savoy and King Umberto I.