A Brief History Of Pizza

a brief history of pizza

When it comes to heavenly meals, there is absolutely no arguing with the fact that pizza is one of the all-time greatest dishes, no matter if you are from Italy or Timbuktu! There is nothing like a perfect plate of pizza to satisfy your hunger cravings on a night out with friends or family, and we happen to think that Silver Lake pizza is some of the best in the country! Of course, we think ours is great, but you have to have a reverence and respect for the legends of the pizza game, the founding fathers and those who developed the beloved dish into what it is today. With this in mind, here is a brief history of the pizza that we love so much!

  •       As long as 6000 years ago, flatbreads were made and enjoyed in what is now modern day Italy.
  •       The word ‘pizziare’ started to appear in Italian writings 1000 years ago, with the word originally believed to stem from the Old Italian for ‘a point’.
  •       Things started to become even more familiar in 1522 when tomatoes were introduced to Italy from South America. Funnily enough, they were originally believed to be poisonous, but the poorer regional peasants started to add it to their bread dough, and the very first pizzas were created!
  •       The next ingredient to be added to the mix was mozzarella cheese, which was available from India from the 7th century but did not become popular with the masses until the 18th century.
  •       The first use of cheese and tomatoes on dough dates back to 1889, when Italian tavern owner Don Raffaele Esposito made a dish to replicate the Italian flag of red, white and green with tomatoes, cheese and basil. He named it the Margherita after the then Queen of Italy, and the rest, as we say, is history!
  •       Pizza emigrated to the United States along with millions of Italians in the 19th century, and it has since become a genre all of its own. The first US pizzeria was opened in 1905 by Gennaro Lombardi, in the area of New York City that has since become known as Little Italy.
  •       Although there are literally hundreds of different pizza flavors to choose from these days, many of which can be found on our Silver Lake pizza menu, there are many traditionalists in Italy and around the world who still believe that the humble Margherita is the only true pizza that should ever be called as such!

So, if you are in the mood for some Silver Lake pizza, then please don’t hesitate to join the pizza loving folks over at Wood Silverlake. One look at our menu and you will see just how much we love cooking and serving the dish that we’ve spoken about today. Of course, it’s always better to taste for yourself, so make a booking and head down to sample some of our signature pizzas along with everything else that the menu has to offer!


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