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A Brief History of Pizza

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Pizza is one of the most widely consumed foods in America, but how many people know where it originated? Nicole Monturo walks through the history of pizza and how it slowly became the food sensation that it is today.

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A Brief History of Pizza

  1. 1. A Brief History of PIZZA ByNicole Monturo
  2. 2. In the United States alone, pizza is a $30 billion a year industry. Each year, every person in the United States eats an average of 46 slices of pizza, and we cumulatively consume over an acre of pizza each day.
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  4. 4. Pizza was first created in Naples sometime in the late 1700s. While Naples was a thriving, waterfront city, the working poor lived in cramped, densely populated conditions.
  5. 5. As a result, the working class required a food that was simple to make and easy to eat, and thus, the pizza was born. These 'pizzas' were made by topping flatbread with various ingredients, including cheese, oil, tomatoes, garlic, and anchovies.
  6. 6. Wealthy Neapolitans looked down on the eating habits of the working class, so when pizza was first created, it was considered a peasant dish.
  7. 7. In 1889, Queen Margherita and King Umberto I visited Naples and requested a variety of pizzas from local establishments. A restauranteur named Raffaele Esposito created a special pizza in honor of their visit that consisted of green basil, white mozzarella, and red tomatoes, the colors of the Italian flag. The Queen loved this pizza so much that it's still named after her today: Margherita Pizza.
  8. 8. Pizza in Italy didn't become common until the 1940s, but across the ocean pizza experienced a boom around the turn of the 20th century. The first documented pizzeria in the United States, G. Lombardi's, opened in 1905, and it's still around today.

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