How Italian is Pizza?

When asking people what their favorite foods are, you’re going to get a lot of variety. Some prefer more elegant dishes, others think the messier the better, and still more would rather have a dessert than anything else! But no matter how many people you ask, there is one answer that is sure to pop up more than any other: pizza.


Pizza is such a popular dish because it’s simply delicious! Not only do the sauce, cheese, and dough come together to create the perfect combination; but you also get to pick your favorite toppings to make the taste even better. Pizza is also a favorite because it’s one of the few foods that most people never get sick of.


A Slice of History

So just where did this delicious food come from? People have been creating herb-seasoned flatbread all over the Mediterranean since ancient Grecian times. It didn’t come equipped with sauce, cheese, and toppings, but it did serve as a great foundation for something extraordinary.


When the tomato was introduced to Europe in the 16th century, many people avoided them for fear of contamination or poisoning. It wasn’t until the 18th century that the lower-class citizens in Naples started using tomatoes on top of their flatbread. The combination of tomatoes, olive oil, and mozzarella cheese soon gained popularity.


Then, in 1889, a visit from King Umberto I and Queen Margherita inspired Naples-citizen Raffaele Esposito to create a pizza dish with red tomatoes, white mozzarella cheese, and green basil. This pizza was a perfect interpretation of the Italian flag. From the origin to the colors, it’s safe to say that pizza is one true Italian dish.


These days, pizza is made all over the world, with the best pizza coming out of Chicago. But you don’t have to travel to taste the best—you can get delicious Chicago style pizza here at Pizza Chicago-San Jose & Palo Alto . Our chefs create the most mouth-watering deep-dish pizza you’ve ever tasted.  With our pizza delivery service, you don’t even have to leave your home!