• Joseph Hiraoka

The History of Pizza

Written by: Joseph Hiraoka

Edited by: Ethan Polley


The History of Pizza


I really feel like I don’t have to explain what pizza is. It’s a classical American meal that the Italians made duh. Which is actually true, but here’s the history in more detail.

The “inspiration” for pizza was from the Persians. They really liked flatbread with cheese for a long time. In Naples, some random Italian guy in the 18th to 19th century was like,”Why don’t we just add tomato sauce to it?” Which everyone agreed with.

The first actual “pizza” is called pizza Margherita. They were sold in pizza bakeries, pizzarias but before that. Raffaele Esposito is the man who made pizza, so we shall honor him forever. He was a pizzaiolo, a pizza maker. He created the pizza Margherita in honor of Queen Margherita, who tried 3 kinds of pizza and preferred pizza Margherita. Supposedly (it’s probably a myth but whatever), she picked it because it had the colors of the Italian flag: red, green, white.

Now it’s the 1940’s and Italy is now in American hands after quitting from WWII. Why did they quit? The reason is because apparently Mussolini wasn’t the coolest leader. Anyways, the Allies just won WWII and they’re pretty happy. The Americans are now coming home from Europe, also they crave European food that they had to eat. Pizza just so happened to be pretty awesome, according to the soldiers coming home. When they were coming back home, they started to crave pizza. Later, the first pizzeria Lombardi’s would open. Those American soldiers returning were quite happy, and brought their families to eat the pizza with them. Then they liked it and passed it on. Now, pizza is basically part of the American diet.

What’s the moral of the story? There’s not really a moral to this one. Not all stories need or can have morals. Except this one, because I just said it.

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