Every year on January 17, World Pizza Day is celebrated. Loved all over the world, Pizza is considered a complete food from a nutritional point of view and also capable of improving mood.
After spaghetti, pizza is the most famous Italian dish in the world! Its history is long, complex and uncertain. The only certainty is that it was born in Naples.
In the sixteenth century in Naples there was a crushed bread called il pizza which derives from the word pitta (a focaccia prepared with the bread dough)
The origin of Pizza Margherita
The legend says that pizza was born in Naples on 11 June 1889, in honor of Queen Margherita of Savoy, who was visiting Naples with her husband, Umberto I of Savoy, king of Italy.
On that occasion, the pasta artisan, Raffaele Esposito, was asked to join the royal family in the sumptuous palace of Capodimonte. Here Raffaele prepares three variations of pizza, including his new creation: a pizza garnished with red tomatoes, white mozzarella and green basil, to represent the national colors of Italy.
Queen Margherita is so entranced that the chef decides to baptize that pizza with the queen's name: Pizza Margherita.
Today there are many varieties of pizza: ham and mozzarella, the Neapolitan with the addition of capers and anchovies, the vegetarian, the marinara with only garlic and tomato…
Some more curiosities about pizza
Every year on January 17th we celebrate World Pizza Day, loved all over the world, considered a complete food from a nutritional point of view and also capable of improving mood.
The most expensive pizza in the world is sold for 8300 euros. It was created by the Salerno pizza maker Viola, among the main ingredients there are: caviar, red prawns from Cilento, lobster from Palinuro, cicada from Mediteranno, buffalo mozzarella from Campania DOP.
And last but not least: it's easy to make in your own oven at home, try it!
RECIPE PIZZA MARGHERITA
Doses for 4 people
400 g of pasta
5-6 peeled tomatoes
basil, oil, salt, pepper
In a pan greased with oil or lined with parchment paper, roll out the dough and distribute the chopped tomatoes and oil.
Bake in a preheated oven at 220 ° C for about 15-20 minutes.
Then add the sliced mozzarella and basil leaves. Season with salt, pepper, more oil and cook in the oven for another 7-8 minutes.
Serve the pizza hot.
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