Ever wondered the origin of that pizza that you so much like eating? Well, the word pizza comes from a Greek word Pektos which means solid or clotted and others may also say it is from the word “Pinsa” which means flatbread. For the Greeks, they covered their bread traditionally in herbs, oils, and cheese.
The history of pizza dates back a to a few centuries ago whereby in the Neolithic age flatbread with tomato toppings known as “pizza” was baked and sold in the streets for the poor since it was cheap and convenient to make it and eat as one walked down the streets due to the nature of their behavior. Most Neapolitans spent most of their time outside their single rooms hence the pizza was the most convenient food for them to take.
It is a belief that the modern pizza was invented by a baker by the name Raffaele Esposito. In 1889 he had a great honor to bake a pizza for the visiting King Umberto I and Queen Margherita who first visited a unified Italy and they happened to come via Naples whereby the queen asked for various types of pizza to have a taste since they were bored with the French constant diet of haute cuisine. The baker was so innovative that he made a special pizza for the king and the queen. He made a pizza with the Italian flag on it which was made possible by have red tomato to represent the red color, white mozzarella to represent the white color and finally the green basil to represent the green color. From all the pizza varieties the queen had tasted she liked this one so much hence it came to be known as the pizza Margherita. This endorsement of the pizza by the queen is probably want to make the pizza to be the famous dish it is today.
Though with the coming of the approval of the queen for the pizza, it did not get to be known in other parts of the world until when the Italians began to migrate carrying with them the pizza recipe and also the soldiers who had occupied the Italian territory during the world war 2 went back to their countries with the pizza idea. In 1905 the first ever American pizza shop was opened in the street of New York City. Gennaro Lombardi was the man behind the spring street pizza shop in New York City. For this pizza they used non- Italian ingredients and it was not until the 1950s that pizza in America came to be accepted due to the return of the soldiers who from the war who wanted to taste the pizza they had so much eaten and stopped being seen as a foreign food. Since then the pizza may be said to be a stable food in New York City. From this time many pizza eateries such as the Pizza Hut and Domino’s have opened their doors in America and also in other parts of the world.
From Italy, we can also get other types of traditional pizzas not only the pizza Margherita. The other type of pizza from Italy includes; pizza marinara which has lots of garlic, anchovies and also artichoke. Pizza Veronese is the other type and for this, it has tender prosciutto crudo and mushroom. The pizza Capricciosa is another from Italy and we cannot forget pizza Pugliese which makes use of the local capers and olives that are found in Italy.
With the invention of the frozen pizza the pizza world comes to a boom since this type of pizza spread the gospel of the pizza all over the world even in place that had no pizza eateries. The frozen pizza later became a major when compared to other types of frozen foods. The pizza types have changed with time depending on the taste and preference of the people in a particular place. Also, the culture of the people in the area determines a lot when it comes to the type of pizza to eat. Meat toppings have also become a major ingredient in some parts.
How to make pizza
For this, you will require various ingredients which will include: ½ to 1 cup sauce, 2 to 3 cups toppings, 1 to 3 cups shredded cheese and flour. The toppings may include onions, cooked bacon, pepperoni, diced peppers or any other that you so much love while for the sauce you may get tomato sauce. The equipment that you require includes the pizza oven and pizza stone or baking sheet. Before you start cooking you first have to preheat the oven with the sheet or stone. After that, you mix the bread flour with salt in a bowl by using lukewarm water and some oil to make a rough dough. Lightly flour a work surface and place your mixture on it. When on the work surface knead it until you get a smooth dough. Roll the dough into a round shape then add your favorite toppings and place it in the preheated oven with a sheet.
Your cooking method may vary depending on the place you came from but want I have given is just a basic procedure and a first way to prepare your pizza. When it comes to the toppings one may pick his favorite toppings. The pizza cooking experience is one of a kind that you will get and trust me that you will enjoy making it to your preferred taste and also you get to achieve the crispy level that you love.
The pizza is one type of food that has evolved over time from the Neolithic era to the modern day time whereby we have so many pizza outlets all over the world which produce a variety of pizza types but the whole concept is based on the flatbread though what has been done with the modern pizza is that many toppings have been added to it and the processes of cooking the pizza has become more faster and efficient compared to the ancient pizza way. Pizza has also become a prestigious food unlike in ancient time when it was a peasant’s type of food.