When we talk about pizza, there is probably no one in this world who doesn’t know what it is. Pizza is one of the most popular dishes and perhaps one of the most revered. Since ancient times, cakes made of wheat flour, baked on a hot fireplace and sprinkled with oil, have been the food of warriors and travelers. However the history of pizza was originally documented in Italy and is closely related to the Naples area.
First pizza recipe
Pizza is a staple of the inhabitants of Naples. After bringing tomatoes from America to Europe in that century. In the 21st century, Italians practice tomato sauce over freshly baked bread. The ideal combination of flavors – cheese, tomato and olive oil to suit poor Italian tastes. This is how Alexandre Dumas, the father, in his novel Le Corricolo, describes the life of a poor Neapolitan, who lives all year round on “pizza and watermelon.” Pizzas have since been traditionally baked, just a few different ingredients. Marianara with garlic, tomato and oil, Mastunicola pizza with basil, cheese and bacon and Pizza Margherita were the first with mozzarella cheese.
Queen Margherita’s Visit to Naples
Pizza was originally known in Italy, then quickly spread to the world, largely due to the role of Italian kings who played a major role in popularizing Italian pizza. Despite the great success, for a long time the pizza phenomenon was confined to the Naples region, in other areas outside the Neapolitan region pizza was not so popular.
In June 1889, the Sovereign King of Italy, King Umberto I and Queen Margherita, visited Naples and wanted to know about local food, so for this super event, the best pizzaiolo of the time.
Raffaele Esposito, prepared three types of pizza for Queen Margherita and King Umberto: Pizza Mastunicola with basil, cheese and bacon, he also prepared a beautiful Marinara pizza with garlic, tomatoes and olive oil with oregano and also produced a large pizza in flag colors Italian with the following ingredients: tomatoes, mozzarella and garnished with green basil leaves. So as I said, the colors of the Italian flag, red, white and green as an official way of honoring a royal visit.
Margherita pizza popularity
The popularity of pizza instantly increased when a member of the royal family fell in love with pizza with mozzarella cheese, tomato sauce and basil. Queen Margherita was delighted with the custom-made pizza in Italian colours, not only because of the taste, but also by the patriotic homage, made in her honor.
Raffaele Esposito paid a new tribute, this time to Queen Margherita, naming Pizza Margherita, because the mozzarella pizza recipe does not yet have a name.
The food of the poor according to the wishes of the rich
Esposito decided to give the Queen the name, that pizza, which the dignitaries would prefer and which was made on the occasion of Her Majesty’s visit. Apparently it was a huge hit, between the heavenly flavors of tomato, basil and moist mozzarella, which at the time were not very well known in northern Italy. To confirm what was said, there was also a letter, after that famous day.
This is an 1889 letter from Camillo Galli, head chef and head of table service in the royal household. In this letter written to Raffaele Esposito, the queen was deeply impressed by the pizza that was presented to her, with many words of satisfaction and gratitude. Esposito replied:
“I can confirm that the three quality pizzas I prepared for Her Majesty the Queen were very good.”
Since then, a fine businessman and a wonderful pizzaiolo, Esposito has called the tricolor pizza “Margherita” in honor of the queen. A choice that turned out to be extraordinary, given the worldwide success of this type of pizza. The letter is still preserved today and can be seen in the same pizzeria, in Naples, which is now called “Brandi”. The legend had such an impact that millions of foreign tourists flocked to Naples to taste the authentic pizza, “Margherita”, which eventually became the food of the kings, whose recipe was successfully spread across five continents.
Taste is not discussed
Unfortunately, this legend has been debunked by some scholars, critics in the field of culinary arts, but nevertheless one thing that is not disputed is the quality of the classic Margherita pizza. Pizza Margherita is a fan favorite at our delivery restaurant, The BOX. You can confidently visit The BOX official page where you can find our authentic Italian Margherita pizza recipe, or order with pizza delivery. Moreover, from Monday to Friday, the offer of 4 pizzas plus one free is still valid.
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