Pizza - where did it came from?
25 Apr 07
Hi, i searcd around and got this answer: At the height of the Persian Empire, it is said that the soldiers of Darius the Great (521-486 B.C.), accustomed to lengthy marches, baked a kind of break flat upon their shields and then covered it with cheese and dates. In 19th Century, Umberto I (1844-1900),Kind of Italy, and his beloved wife, Queen Margherita di Savoia (185101926), in Naples on holiday, called to their palace the post popular of the pizzaioli (pizza chef), Raffaele Esposito, to taste his specialties. He prepared 3 kinds of pizzas: One with pork fat, cheese and basil, One with garlic, oil and tomatoes; and another one with mozzarella, basil and tomatoes (in the color of italian flag). The Queen liked the last kind of pizza so much that she sent to the pizzzaiolo a letter to thank him saying "I assure you that the 3 kinds of pizza you have prepared were very delicious" Raffaele Esposito dedicated his specialty to the Queen and called it "Pizza Margherita". This pizza set the standard by which today's pizza evolved as well as firmly established Naples as the pizza capital of the world. It is an very interesting history story! ;p