The Origins of Pizza
People tend to immediately think that pizza comes from Italy, but is this true?
As we’ve talked about in previous blogs, many cultures, especially in the Mediterranean have been baking and cooking something similar to pizza for thousands of years. Flatbreads were where it all started, and there’s evidence that this early form of pizza crust was created over 7,000 years ago!
Naples was where pizza, as we would picture it, began to grow in popularity. Street vendors would make flatbreads and cover them with toppings — including the renowned and pizza-necessary ingredient, the tomato. Eventually, tomatoes were combined with garlic, oil, oregano, and other seasonings to make marinara sauce, and it’s safe to say this might have been one of the most important contributions and inventions of modern-day society.
The first flatbreads were baked more than 7,000 years ago
Fun fact, pizza was considered a “poor man’s” food, because it was relatively easy and cheap to make, and could be a way to support a working class family. From humble beginnings to fine dining establishments, the earliest pizza makers would be shocked to see how far their street food has grown!