OK, my bad...I left my post up one day too long, and a mini controversay has popped up...
So without further adieu, here is a little slice of history from Mr. Knowitall.
The History Of Pizza....
The ancient Greeks invented pizza. The most accomplished bakers in the ancient world, they made a variety of breads topped with spices, herbs, and vegetables. Their first pizza was designed as kind of an "edible plate", with the thick crust around the edge serving as a handle.
How did pizza become Italian? The Greeks occupied parts of Italy for 6 centuries; one of their legacies was the popularity of pizza there.
Early pizzas featured cheese, herbs, veggies, and fish or meat---But no tomatoes!
Why you ask? Because tomatoes was a New World Food! They didn't even reach Italy until the mid-1500's. And people did not eat them until the mid-19th century, because folks thought they were poisonous!
In 1889 pizza maker Raffaelle Esposito added tomatoes to pizza for the 1st time. The reason?
He wanted to make a pizza for Queen Margherita in the colors of the Italian flag-red, white, and green. So he made it with Tomatoes, Mozzarella, and green Basil.
PIZZA IN THE USA...
The first American pizzeria opened in New York City in 1905. By the 1920's pizza places started opening up all over the the Northeast...But it was still considered an exotic food.
American G.I.'s returning from Italy after WWII, made pizza popular throughout the US. But it wasn't until the 1960's that it became a fad.....and a certain movie may have been responsible..
In the 1961 film 'Splendor in the Grass', ( quite a racy film for the time ), Warren Beatty asks a waitress,"Hey whats pizza"? The waitress took him to the "back room" and showed him her pizza....and a bit more!
Today Americans eat more than 30 million pieces of pizza..PER DAY! Or 350 slices per second!
Pepperoni is the most popular topping nationwide; anchovies are the least favorite.
Myself, I have a couple of little tricks when I order pizza at work.
1. The local Dominoes knows that I like my pizza very well done, so I order a small cheese pizza, and they run it though the oven twice. Yeah baby, it's almost black, and people don't steal it on me if I get a customer during lunch.
2. And I happen to LOVE anchovies, so I'll order a small cheese and anchovie pizza. Hahahaha
NO ONE asks me for a piece.
There you have it....No more arguments please....Peace... Galen.