Not all pizzas had tomato; Italians dared to use this food of Mexican origin that was rejected in Europe
There is still the first pizzeria in the United States.
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Pizza is one of the world’s favorite foods, it has just the elements that make it delicious and irresistible, we eat it everywhere. Did you know that it did not always have tomato or that Pizza Hut made the first delivery of pizza to space? We tell you these and other curiosities.
She is Neapolitan
Pizza as we know it today emerged in the late eighteenth century in Naples. They met the need for cheap, easy-to-eat food for the poor who rushed for work. They were sold by street vendors who cut them into pieces to fit the client’s budget and hunger.
With origins of more than two thousand years
The origin of pizza would be more than two thousand years old. In the Virgil’s Aeneid (1st century BC) it is mentioned that Lazio, Aeneas, and their crew sat under a tree and placed thin wheat loaves as plates for their meal, then spread them with mushrooms and herbs and ate them.
They didn’t always have tomato
The simplest pieces in 18th century Naples they had nothing but garlic, butter and salt; others included caciocavallo (a type of cheese) and basil; and some included tomato It was unpopular and inexpensive.
Tomato is of Mexican origin, was a recent entry into Europe led by the Spanish, rejected because they did not know how to occupy it and combine it with its gastronomic culture. The Italians dared to integrate it into their meals, obtaining a magnificent result.
Lombardi, the first pizzeria in the United States
The first pizzeria in America yet remains open. In what was originally a grocery store in Little Italy in Manhattan, New York, Lombardi began selling pizza in 1905. Pizza was available in many Italian neighborhoods, but it was mostly homemade or offered by vendors without a license.
Pizzeria one invented Chicago deep dish pizza
Chicago’s first deep-dish pizzas were created by Pizzeria Uno in 1943.
Hawaiian pizza was invented in Canada
Hawaiian pizza has nothing to do with Hawaii. It was invented in 1962 by Sam Panopoulos, a native of greece who ran a pizzeria in Ontario Canada.
Why is it called Hawaiian? Panopoulos told the BBC that the name comes from the pineapple brand potted that he used in his first experiment.
There is a pizza expert known as the “Doctor of the Dough”.
Tom Lehmann called the “Dough Doctor” is a renowned baking and dough consultant, a former food scientist at the American Institute of Baking (AIB). Has provided technical assistance to most large pizza manufacturers wholesale and pizza chains.
Pizza Hut delivering pizza to space
In 2001 Pizza Hut became the first company in the world to deliver a pizza to outer space. He delivered a salami pizza six inches to International Space Station.
United States Army invents pizza that is kept for three years
In 2018 it was announced that scientists of the United States Army they created a ready-to-eat pizza that can be kept “fresh” even for three years, intended for soldiers abroad. It’s in style Sicilian, with pieces of mozzarella that do not melt and slices of pepperoni.
Pizza Margherita by Queen Margherita
According to popular tradition, in 1889, during a visit to Naples by Queen Margaret of Savoy, she tried three pizza flavors made by the chef Raffaele Esposito and his wife, expressing their preference for the version covered with tomatoes, mozzarella and basil that looked like colors of the italian flag. In honor of the queen, he decided to call her Pizza Margherita.