today we learnt about the story of how the pizza came about and specially the 'pizza Margherita'
The Pizza was born in Naples in the South of Italy. Originally, pizza was the staple diet of the poor, sold by street vendors from open air stalls to those that had no baking facilities of their own at home. In 1830, the very first pizzeria opened in the centre of Naples in Port`Alba. It had a wood burning oven for cooking pizza, and the pizzeria became popular and frequented by students, artisans, workmen and poets. Some poets and writers, such as Salvatore di Giacomo even dedicated their works and poems to the pizza !
In 1889, the infamous Pizza Margherita was officially born. In this year, Queen Margherita of Italy and Savoia and her husband King Umberto of Italy spent the summer at the Capodimonte Royal Palace in Naples. Queen Margherita, having heard about pizza, but not having ever eaten one decided she would like to try one. Being Royalty, it wasn't very appropriate to go and visit a pizzeria, so a well known pizza chef, Raffaele Esposito from Pizzeria Brandi (in the Chiaia area of Naples), was called upon to make one for the Queen. Esposito made three different types of pizza for the Queen to try, one of those being a pizza representing the colours of the Italian flag, red, white and green; dressed with mozzarella, basil and tomato sauce. Queen Margherita decided that this one was her favourite pizza, and Esposito's creation from that day was named the Pizza Margherita.
And here's our pizza!
I made it with fresh tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, spicy mince beef and fresh rocket salad, so crunchy yum, yum!
Oppss a slice is missing, I couldn't resist it...BTW my pizza is made directly in a very hot pan as my oven is broken!
Sunday, 25 May 2008