First Italian Pizzeria to the First Frozen Pizza

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Here’s a fun little article about the birth of the modern pizza and pizza’s invasion of America–from the first pizzeria to the birth of the big franchises to the freezer section of your supermarket:

The History of Pizza and the First Frozen Pizza in America

by Bryan J Rogers

Pizza was actually considered a meal for peasants in Italy for centuries. And as we really can’t determine who made the first pizza many food historians would agree dishes that were similar to pizza can be traced back to the Greeks and Egyptians. That said people have been enjoying such a delicious dish for many years.

The pizza as we most know of it today has been traced back to an individual by the name of Raffaele Esposito of Naples Italy. Raffaele was an Italian owner of a Tavern by the name of Pizzeria di Pietro e Basta Cosi in the Nineteenth century. And as suggested above he has been traced back to the inventor of the modern day pizza. Raffaele has cooked his pizzas for Queen Margherita of Savoy to welcome her to Naples in 1889. This is when Raffaele made a pizza to resemble the Italian flag which was a combination of tomatoes, mozzarella cheese and basil, The Famous Pizza Margherita.

The first pizzeria in the United States came from an Italian immigrant named Gennaro Lombardi. And in 1905…

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Some will disagree with points in this article, no doubt. But it’s nice to have a notion of how the best food in the world arrived at your table. And, by the way, even a frozen pizza turns out better with a pizza stone and peel.

Pick them up here and make a little pizza history of your own.

Your personal history with pizza makes a great topping to this post. Please add your story as a comment below.

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