Founded around 600 B.C. as a Greek settlement, Naples in the 1700s and early 1800s was a successful waterside city. Technically an independent kingdom, it was notorious for its crowds of working underprivileged, or lazzaroni. "The closer you got to the bay, the more dense their population, and much of their living was done outdoors, often in houses that were bit more than a space," said Carol Helstosky, author of "Pizza: A Global History" and associate professor of history at the University of Denver.
Unlike the rich minority, these Neapolitans required affordable food that could be taken in quickly. Pizza-- flatbreads with different garnishes, consumed for any meal and sold by street vendors or casual dining establishments-- met this requirement. "Judgmental Italian authors typically called their eating practices 'horrible,'" Helstosky noted. These early pizzas consumed by Naples' bad included the tasty garnishes cherished today, such as tomatoes, cheese, oil, anchovies and garlic.
Legend has it that the traveling pair ended up being tired with their constant diet of French haute cuisine and asked for a variety of pizzas from the city's Pizzeria Brandi, the follower to Da Pietro pizzeria, founded in 1760. The variety the queen delighted in most was called pizza mozzarella, a pie topped with the soft white cheese, red tomatoes and green basil.
Queen Margherita's true blessing could have been the start of an Italy-wide pizza trend. After all, flatbreads with garnishes weren't special to the lazzaroni or their time-- they were consumed, for instance, by the ancient Egyptians, Romans and Greeks. (The latter ate a variation with herbs and oil, comparable to today's focaccia.) And yet, until the 1940s, pizza would remain unknown in Italy beyond Naples' borders.
An ocean away, however, immigrants to the United States from Naples were replicating their trusty, crusty pizzas in New York and other American cities, including Trenton, New Haven, Boston, Chicago and St. Louis. The Neapolitans were coming for factory tasks, as did countless Europeans in the late 19th and early 20th centuries; they weren't seeking to make a culinary statement. Reasonably rapidly, the flavors and aromas of pizza began to interest non-Neapolitans and non-Italians.
The first documented United States pizzeria was G. (for Gennaro) Lombardi's on Spring Street in Manhattan, certified to sell pizza in 1905. (Prior to that, the dish was homemade or purveyed by unlicensed vendors.) Lombardi's, still in operation today though no longer at its 1905 place, "has the exact same oven as it did originally," noted food critic John Mariani, author of "How Italian Food Conquered the World."
Arguments over the finest slice in town can be heated up, as any pizza fan knows. Mariani credited three East Coast pizzerias with continuing to churn out pies in the century-old tradition: Totonno's (Coney Island, Brooklyn, opened 1924); Mario's (Arthur click here for more info Avenue, the Bronx, opened 1919); and Pepe's (New Haven, opened 1925).
As Italian-Americans, and their food, migrated from city to suburban area, east to west, particularly after World War II, pizza's popularity in the United States grew. No longer seen as an "ethnic" treat, it was increasingly identified as a fast, fun food. Regional, decidedly non-Neapolitan variations emerged, eventually click here for more info including California-gourmet pizzas topped with anything from barbecued chicken to smoked salmon.
"Like blue denims and rock and roll, the rest of the world, consisting of the Italians, selected up on pizza simply since it was American," discussed Mariani. Worldwide outposts of American chains like Domino's and Pizza Hut also thrive in about 60 different nations. Helstosky believes one of the quirkiest American pizza variations is the Rocky Mountain pie, baked with a supersized, doughy crust to conserve for last.
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