Pizza is arguably one of the most universally loved meals, but many people do
not know the fascinating origins of this delicious dish. While you wait
for fast pizza delivery in Morgan Hill, read on to learn about the history
of pizza, its evolution to what we know and love today, and the first
arrival in America of the now ever-present pizza restaurant.
While it’s impossible to pinpoint exactly when or where the first
pizza was created, we do know that its origins were in Italy, and that
the first recorded use of the word “pizza” occurred in 997
AD in Gaeta, Italy. Pizza was originally only sold in outdoor markets,
as it was considered a lowbrow food for the poorer people of Italy. The
first known pizzeria in Italy didn’t open until 1830.
Early pizzas were likely grilled or baked flatbread topped with cheese, dates, and
herbs. In the 16
th century, tomatoes were introduced into European cooking, and people began
adding tomato sauce to their flatbread pizzas. By the late 19
th century in Italy, pizza was considered an appropriate food for breakfast,
lunch, and dinner, and was no longer associated with just the lower classes.
Pizza recipes traveled all over the globe, arriving in the United States
in the 1800s and in Canada around 1950.
Pizza in America
The first pizzeria in the United States was opened by Gennaro Lombardi
in New York City in 1905. Lombardi opened a grocery store in which one
of his employees, Antonio Pero, began making and selling pizza. A pizzeria
called Joe’s Tomato Pies opened in Trenton, New Jersey, in 1910,
and more pizza places popped up across the east coast not long after.
By 1939, pizzerias had found their way to the west coast. By the 1940s,
chain pizza restaurants were established.
If you’re looking for delicious
pizza delivery in Morgan Hill, call Round Table Pizza today at (408) 779-6300. We offer a range of specialty
pizzas, along with healthy salads and delicious sandwiches. You can find
out more about our menu on our website.