pizza through the ages: a slice of history
For over 500 years pizza been has been an integral part of our daily lives… but only in the past decades have we begun to really appreciate its full glory. It’s like the air we breathe – and we wouldn’t want it any other way. But did you know that the pizzas road to world fame was sprung out of allied troops stationed in Italy back in 1945? Here’s our salutation to our most favourite flatbread dish, with a look back at the pizza milestones of our time:
1600~ – A flatbread dish referred to as “pizza” is first documented in Naples
What do you define as a pizza? That’s what many historians are arguing over when it comes to the first trembling baby steps of this dish. Even Greek societies made flatbread with ingredients on top of it back in the 700s. Many also claim that the “white pizza” (without tomato), that is first invented in Naples, doesn’t count as the real deal. All we know is, the word “pizza” starts getting recognition in Naples around the 17th century and the world will never be the same again.
1889 – Queen Margherita gives the Margherita pizza royal status
- That’s a good pizza, what do you call it?
- Pizza Margherita, your highness. In your honour.
According to the legend, this is the conversation that is taken place when Queen Margherita requests to have the “poor man’s” dish pizza for dinner. She chooses between three kinds of pizza, and is astounded by the taste of the one with Italian colours (mozzarella, tomato and basil). Pizza can now be considered royal.
1943 – Americans begin claiming they invented pizza as the Pan Pizza is created
Yep, here we go again. In all seriousness though, when the thick Pan Pizza is introduced in Chicago and more restaurants start putting pizza on their menus, the Italian heritage of pizza seems to be fading by the minute in the states. Even Evelyne Slomon, the editor for the magazine Pizza Today, claims: “The pizza is a symbol for the American dream.”
1945 – International breakthrough when discovered by allied troops after WW2
This is it, pizza’s big break. Oddly enough, it happens as allied troops stationed in Italy get the word out after the second world war. In a few years, pizza is a household name in most countries and big pizza chains such as Pizza Hut and Dominos start taking over the world.
1962 – The Hawaiian pizza is invented – dividing pizza fans forever
Greek-Canadian Sam Panopoulos splits the pizza world in half, as he’s inspired by Chinese sweet and salty dishes to create the first pizza with pineapples. Some say it’s a disgrace, some say it’s the start of a pizza revolution. We say we don’t dare have an opinion. What do you think?
1974 – First pizza is ordered with a computer
Ordering pizza to your home starts becoming a regular habit, and with the introduction of computers in the western world, pizza delivery now becomes available with one click of a button. Thank god for that.
2012 – World’s largest pizza is created in Rome
The Guinness Book of World Records picks up a record attempt in Rome, where a pizza of over 1200 m2 ( about the size of a hockey rink) is being built, bringing back the record to the Italians after 22 years of South African ruling. The five chefs make pizza dough in 5234 separate batches during 48 hours to complete the masterful piece, and give away most of the pizza afterwards to food shelters in Rome.
2014 – foodora delivers the first pizza
We couldn’t let this slide without inserting our tiny mark to pizza history. Yes, in 2014, the first pink rider ever set out on an adventure to deliver the first pizza. And yes, legend has it the pizza tasted pretty great. We’re glad to hear. Wanna try?
2016 – First 3D printed pizza is made
The future is here! With the latest 3D printing technology, the Silicon Valley start-up BeeHex creates a pizza faster than it takes to make by hand. Pizza chefs beware!
2017 – Naples’ pizza gain UNESCO heritage recognition
So we end up where we started, in Naples. It’s all a happy circle. Just like pizza.
Late in 2017, UNESCO awards the traditional style “twirling” made Naples pizzas in the category of intangible cultural heritage.
We guess the Neapolitans deserve it, we owe them so much.
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