Wednesday, April 07, 2021

History of pizza

Pizza: a ‘species of the most nauseating cake … covered over with slices of pomodoro or tomatoes, and sprinkled with little fish and black pepper and I know not what other ingredients, it altogether looks like a piece of bread that has been taken reeking out of the sewer.’  (some foodie visiting Naples, 1836)

Britain's History Today is saluting the pizza, from its ancient origins, to its identification with the poorest of the poor in Naples, to its renaissance as a symbol of Italian unification when Margherita the new Queen of Italy adopted the basil/mozzarella/tomato pizza (showing the colours of the new Italian flag), to its conquest of the world in the twentieth century. 

Image: from History Today


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