The Birth of Pizza

Have you ever wondered where and when the gift of pizza was given to mankind? Well there are many legends about the origin of everyone’s favorite cheesy, spicy, crunchy, all-in-one meal. The most widely accepted story holds that pizza as we know it came from Naples in 1889, and from a man named Raffaele Esposito.

Raffaele was a “pizzaiolo” who made pies in the style that the Romans and Greeks had pioneered before him. These were flat breads with cheese, olive oil and even honey for toppings. The story tells us that Raffaele, and the rest of his city were buzzing about the upcoming visit by the Italian Queen. Everyone was getting into the spirit and searching for a way to honor her visit. Raffaele worked long hours in his kitchen and eventually created 3 all new pizza recipes. When the queen sampled them she couldn’t get enough of the pie topped with
tomatoes, mozzarella and basil.

Queen Margherita was thrilled that the colors of the toppings matched the colors of her flag, and the taste…well the taste became timeless. Pizza Margherita is still a popular style today, and most pizzas that have come since have used Raffaele Esposito’s recipe as a base. Thank him, and all the pizza innovators that have come since, by trying a Pizza Margherita at 3 Joe’s, and remember that without him…the only toppings you could choose from may be cheese and honey!

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