Pizza History

The pizza as we know it today with it's various toppings, including tomatoes, originated in Naples in Italy, but there are versions of pizza dated from before the tomato was cultivated in Europe.

Elizabeth David wonders if a dish called Pissaladiere, found in the Provence region of France, is the mother of the Pizza. Pissaladiere is made on a bread dough but is topped with masses of onions, anchovies and olives. Elizabeth David suggests that it was introduced to France by Roman cooks in the 14th Century when the Popes were in Avignon.

One of the most enduring myths about pizza is that Roman legionaries used to bake them on their shields after fermenting the dough under helmets as they marched to their conquest. One wonders how they kept up their supplies of mozzarella and oregano.........



Some Pizza Facts

Americans eat billions of slices of pizza each year; the annual per capita pizza consumption is 23 pounds


America's favorite pizza topping is pepperoni


America's least favorite pizza topping is anchovies


America's favorite pizza sauce is Pizza Quick Americans eat 90 acres of pizza per day


During TV news broadcasts, most pizza is ordered during the weather, and the delivery folks report that women are better tippers!


According to the Wall Street Journal, when Hillary is out-of-town, White House staff order more pizza!

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