Neapolitan pizza

The origin of Neapolitan pizza

More than a recipe, Neapolitan pizza is perhaps one of the most loved dishes on the planet. A true Italian food, so much so that even its color reflects the shades of Italian flag - basil for green, tomato for red and mozzarella for white - Neapolitan pizza, however has a rich history which is more than Italian. Neapolitan pizza is a kind of pizza that started in Naples, Italy. This style of pizza is set up with a freshly prepared breads, raw tomatoes, fresh mozzarella cheese, fresh basil, and enhanced with olive oil. If we care to know about this wonder food, then we will see a part of history of not just Neapolitan, but also of the region and its people, in its every slice.  

The Neapolitans brought numerous things from different nations into their own way of life. This is the manner by which various societies and impact around the world made this heavenly pizza in Naples. The word pizza has come from Arabic "pita", which means bread. The first Arab bread is big and round, made of basic water and flour batter, and at that point heated in the oven. The origin of pizza dates back to ancient time when numerous outsiders coming from Arabic nations used to visit Naples. With Arabs also entered their way of making pita. So, this pita became the foundation for pizza. Buffalo mozzarella is not Neapolitan, as buffaloes are Indian animals brought by Normans to Naples to do hard tasks: work in construction, ranches and so on. Tomatoes were brought to Europe in the sixteenth century by pioneers getting back from Peru. Along these lines, the Neapolitan pizza is grateful to Arab, Indian and American for their ingredients.

After the appropriation of tomatoes, tomato based pizza acquired popularity with road sellers and eateries for commoners. Numerous assortments of pizza finished off with tomatoes were popular among huge number of people of Naples, where it was consumed for lunch and supper. These pizzas were cut into cuts and afterward sold along the roads. Because of wide scopes of assortment of toppings and low cost, it was well known among poor people. In 19th century Raffaela Esposita, an Italian chef and owner of a tavern, popularized pizza, because of which he is considered as the father of modern pizza. He once made pizza using varieties of toppings for Queen Margherita of Savoy. The Queen found the pizza delightful, and sent an appreciation note to Esposita, who named the pizza in honor to the Queen. Then after, pizza was no more the food of poor. Now, Neapolitan pizza has come a long way. Though it is originated in Naples, it has become a global food loved by millions of people across the world.


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