We all love and enjoy pizza. It is a tasty meal that we probably take for granted. All the flavors and ingredients baked onto a pie seems to be everyone’s guilty pleasure. But does everyone know how pizza came about? At Sebastiano’s Italian Restaurant, we are here to give you some history of our favorite pizza pie. Our restaurant offers the best pizza Hollywood FL!
A History of Pizza
Pizza, believe it or not, has been around for centuries. It goes as far back as antiquity, pieces of flatbread, topped with savories, served as a simple and tasty meal for those who could not afford plates and were in a hurry. The most natural pizzas appear in Aeneid by Virgil. After arriving in Latium, Aeneas and his crew sat down beneath a tree and laid out thin wheaten cakes as platters for their meal. They covered them with mushrooms and herbs they found in the woods. This was the first recorded pizza.
During the late 18th century in Naples, the pizza we know today came into existence. Under the Bourbon kings, Naples had become one of the largest cities in Europe and it was growing fast. Because of overseas trade and a steady influx of peasants from the countryside, its population ballooned from 200,000 in 1700 to 399,000 in 1748. As the urban economy struggled to keep pace, an ever greater number of the city’s inhabitants fell into poverty. Always rushing about in search of work, they needed food that was cheap and easy to eat. Pizzas met this need. Sold not in shops, but by street vendors carrying huge boxes under their arms, they would be cut to meet the customer’s budget or appetite.
That’s A Pizza Pie
For a long time, pizzas were scorned by food writers. Associated with the crushing poverty of the lazzaroni, they were frequently denigrated as ‘disgusting’, especially by foreign visitors. In 1831, Samuel Morse, the inventor of the telegraph, described pizza as 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 all together looks like a piece of bread that has been taken reeking out of the sewer’.
All that changed after Italian unification. While on a visit to Naples in 1889, King Umberto I and Queen Margherita grew tired of the complicated French dishes they were served for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Hastily summoned to prepare some local specialties for the queen, the pizzaiolo Raffaele Esposito cooked three sorts of pizza: one with lard, caciocavallo, and basil; another with Cuccinelli; and a third with tomatoes, mozzarella, and basil. The queen was delighted. Thus pizza became food everyone loved!
There are many traditional Italian dishes for you to discover and enjoy, but the best is always pizza pie. If you’re looking for the best pizza Hollywood FL, call Sebastiano’s Italian Restaurant today to make a reservation!