We all love to eat pizza, but we don’t always know where it comes from or how to make our own at home.
This blog will give you everything there is to know about this tasty dish and even give you some recipes for your next party!
You’ll learn exactly what makes up a slice of pizza and which toppings are best for each type. It covers every aspect of making great pizzas from scratch.
Where pizza was originated?
In spite of many claims from different regions, there is no single place where the history of pizza begins. Historians have traced references to early pizzas back as far as 10th century in a non-direct manner: by looking at historical records and literature on food and cooking techniques.
Among others, these documents show that medieval Arabs ate a dish called “al-buṭn” or “al-bitāʿ”, which was a thick bread that was baked in the oven with cheese, egg, meat and spices placed between two layers of dough.
A 13th century Arabic cookbook describes a dish similar to pizza—”a dessert of ring-shaped fried pastry brushed with honey and sprinkled with sesame”, but there is no mention of cheese or tomato sauce.
The Egyptian physician and scientist Ibn Riḍwān from the court of the Sultan al-Malik al-Salih tasted “al-bitāʿ” in Shiraz, Persia, in the 13th century and created a thin bread that is very similar to pizza, using a tortilla as the bread.
Pizza was brought to the United States by Italian immigrants in the late 19th Century and first appeared in areas where there were large populations of Italians.
An American dish called “pie” made with tomatoes and cheese on top of bread dough or beneath pastry was popular with both Italian immigrants and American citizens.
It was called pizza only when baked with tomato sauce on top of the dough. The first printed reference to a pizza-like treat was in “The Sun” (New York) on June 11, 1889.
An early 1900’s advertisement for “Pizzeria Napoletana”, a restaurant in New York City, claimed that pizza wasn’t called by this name until after the Unification of Italy.
In 1738, a Neapolitan dictionary has a definition of “pizzicare” – to pluck, as a musical string – and how this relates to “pizzica”, a song accompanied by pizzicato on the guitar.
In 1796, a dictionary of the Italian language defined “pizza” in two ways:
Either as an adjective for all types of pies or pastries filled with jam, sweetened ricotta and candied fruits or vegetables but made in the same manner as bread dough; or it was used to describe a dish of cooked dough covered with cheese, garnished with tomatoes and anchovies.
Pizzas were also sold commercially at this time by two Neapolitan bakers in Port’Alba Square, near the Naples cathedral of the Duchy of Naples. Cheeseless pizza was sold unkneaded, with loose all-cheese toppings called “pizze a rotelle” lit. “wheels”, while the tomato-topped was called “Pizzas al Prosciutto”.
Who Invented Pizza?
Who Invented Pizza First?
With the multitude of different styles and recipes for pizza, it’s hard to say who invented the first one. The word itself, “pizza”, originated in Italy, but other variations on bread dough with toppings existed before modern pizza became popular.
For example, ancient Greeks commonly ate flatbreads with toppings like herbs and olive oil, while the ancient Egyptians are said to have baked dough with toppings similar to modern day pizza.
It is believed that modern day pizza was invented by Raffaele Esposito, who started selling it in his restaurant “Pizzeria di Pietro” in 1889 or 1898. He went on to create what was considered to be the first modern day pizza margherita in the 1900’s.
However, many believe that the history of pizza dates back much further than this. One theory suggests that it was invented by nomadic tribes who carried sacks of flour around with them when they traveled to different parts of the world.
The flour would attract water over time and turn into dough, so they would bake it to use as sustenance. This is one of many theories that suggest that flatbreads were made shortly after the invention of fire, which would help support the theory that even earlier civilizations cooked dough on hot rocks.
Most believe that pizza was invented in Italy by Raffaele Esposito, who started selling this style in his 18th century restaurant “Pizzeria di Pietro.” Regardless of who invented the first modern day pizza, it is generally agreed that Raffaele Esposito was the one to make this popular dish popular.
When it comes down to deciding who invented the first modern day pizza, it’s impossible to say with certainty.
How it came to be loved worldwide?
The pizza , an Italian dish that is made by putting toppings on a disc of flat bread, has come to be loved worldwide.
Food historians have several theories about how pizza came to be. One theory is that it came from the Greeks who baked a dish known as plakous – dough covered with herbs and oil – in their communal ovens.
Historians also say that the zingiberi, a dish made of cheese melted with honey and ginger, was eaten by Roman soldiers during military campaigns. The Latin poets Horace and Martial mention this type of cake in their writings, which is proof that it existed around 80 BC.
Basic ingredients in a homemade pizza dough
- 1 teaspoon of sugar
- 3 teaspoons of active dry yeast
- 2 and 1/4 cups of all purpose flour (plus more for dusting)
- 1 teaspoon of salt
- Olive oil, to coat dough before rising. This isn’t necessary if you are not planning on letting the dough rise.
- A large non-stick pan or cast iron pan (no oil needed)
- Your favorite toppings
Types of pizzas that are popular around the world
A pizza is a type of flat oven-baked bread covered with tomato sauce and cheese. It can also have a variety of other toppings, such as meat, olives or vegetables
The world’s favourite topping varies from country to country. In Italy, for example, the most popular pizzas are Margherita (tomato sauce, mozzarella, basil and olive oil), Marinara (tomato sauce, garlic, oregano and olive oil) and Quattro Stagioni (four toppings of mushrooms, ham, artichokes and olives).
The most popular worldwide is the Margherita. This pizza is topped with tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese, fresh basil and olive oil.
Pizza Margherita was named for Queen Margherita after she visited Naples in 1889. The colors of the pizza represent the Italian flag – green (basil), white (mozzarella) and red (tomato).
The second most popular is the Pepperoni pizza, which is topped with tomato sauce, mozzarella and pepperoni.
Pepperoni is an American variety of salami.
The Pepperoni pizza was brought to the US by Italian immigrants who lived in New York and Chicago and became popular during World War Two, when meat was scarce.
Many people prefer having a different topping on each half of the pizza. This is called a ‘combo’ or ‘supreme’.
The number of pizzas eaten in the US each year is staggering. In 2016, between 350 and 400 million Americans ate a total of 1.7 billion pizzas!
Who invented pizza originally?
Pizza is a traditional Italian dish made of dough and topped with cheese, tomato sauce, meats, or other ingredients. It may also be called “pie” or “tart.”
The name pizza was first documented in 997 AD in Gaeta and successively in different parts of Central and South Italy. At that time, the dish was consumed plain, not with the familiar tomato sauce and mozzarella cheese.
Who invented pizza China or Italy?
Pizza originated in Italy. This is often disputed by people in other countries. However, it can be traced back to 997 AD when “picea” or “pizza” appeared in Gaeta (located in Southern Italy) and then to different parts of Central and South Italy.
The original pizza was probably not with tomato sauce or cheese. However, some food historians believe that the use of cheese on flatbread can be traced back to ancient Egypt.
It’s hard to believe that the origins of pizza are still debated. Some people say it was invented in Naples, while others claim it came from Sicily.
Recent evidence points to what is now known as “pizza” being created by Romans who had access to ovens and wheat paste back around 300 BC. We may never know for sure where the first pizzas were made, but we do know one thing for certain – Italians love their pizza!