Celebrating Pizza


What better food to celebrate during National Italian Heritage Month than pizza? Coincidentally, October is also National Pizza Month! While pizza may seem to have been born out of modern convenience, it actually originates from ancient days, when Greecians and Romans would eat flatbreads which had been topped with oils and fresh herbs. According to the History Channel, pizza became popular in 1889 when Queen Margarita of Savoy and her husband King Umberto ate a pizza topped with the colors of the Italian flag - green, red and white - which then became known as the Margarita Pizza! 

The pizza many of us know - with a delicious crust, robust sauce and toppings originated from New York in 1905. This robust combination can now be found all over the world - naturally, the toppings vary from country to country. For instance, the ever-popular pepperoni pizza in the US won't be found in Italy. Italian pizza typically features a lighter crust, less cheese, and less sauce than the American version of pizza. And it won't contain pepperoni. The closest meat you'll find is thinly sliced prosciutto. The versatility that pizza offers appeals to many - you can dress your pizza to your liking, and stay as run-of-the-mill or get as creative as you'd please! According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the largest pizza ever made had a surface of 1261.65 square meters and was made by a man named Dovilio Nardi. 

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  • Whitney Bashaw
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