With its sweet crust, succulent cheese, and savory toppings, pizza is one of the world's most loved foods. From Manhattan to Morgan Hill, there is at least one pizza place for every community. In a sense, it's hard to imagine a time when there was no pizza. But despite the consumption of flatbreads with toppings as far back as Ancient Egypt, pizza in its current form has only existed since the early 19th century.
Naples: The Birthplace of Pizza
Pizza developed in the early 1800s as an inexpensive, easy-to-prepare food choice for the working class citizens of Naples. After Naples was joined with Italy in 1861, King Umberto I and Queen Margherita took a liking to good pizza, which they saw as an alternative to French food. The queen was partial to one particular recipe consisting of white cheese, tomatoes, and basil; that good pizza became her namesake: the Margherita.
Pizza Arrives in the U.S.
The late 1800s and early 1900s saw a mass migration of Neapolitans to the United States, and with them came pizza. They settled in places like New York, Boston, and Chicago, where the food vendors among them began selling pizzas to their fellow emigres. Soon enough, the smell and taste of good pizza began attracting American natives. In 1905, America's first pizza place, Lombardi's, was established in Manhattan.
Pizza Conquers the World
Following World War II, more Italians settled in other states and pizza soared in popularity across America. No longer seen as an exotic food, pizza was now being made to suit localized tastes. The phenomenon even spread back to Europe, where pizza was ironically viewed as an American cuisine. Eventually, pizza delivery chains were established to help satiate America's appetite for this tasty food.
At Round Table Pizza, we have kept pizza lovers satisfied with our scrumptious menu options for decades. Whether you like pepperoni, anchovies, or vegetables, we have toppings to suit everyone in your party. To learn more about our pizza specials, visit us online or give us a call at (408) 659-8053.