Retracing the History and Tradition of Pizza Delivery

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Pizza has been enjoyed for thousands of years. The Romans ate a form of pizza that was essentially a wheat bun, which over a few hundred years evolved into the cheesy, saucy creation that we all know and love. Given pizza’s convenient shape and serving style, it was only a matter of time before a few entrepreneurs started delivering pizza to happy and hungry customers.

The Margherita

The first modern pizza may have also been the first pizza ever delivered. In 1889, in honor of the visit of Queen Margherita and King Umberto to the city of Naples, a famous pizza chef named Raffaele Esposito hand delivered his new style of pizza to the royal couple. Later named the Pizza Margherita, it was made with the patriotic colors of red tomatoes, white mozzarella and green basil.

The Postwar Pizza

Pizza remained almost exclusively an Italian treat until American G.I.’s in World War II discovered the delicious meal and brought it back to the United States where they opened restaurants and pizzerias . A few of these small pizza shops began delivering pizza with the rise of car culture in the 1950s, but the idea did not catch on until a few big companies decided to make it the focus of their business in the 1960s.

Pizza Delivery

Since then, pizza delivery has been a major part of life in America and around the world. The pizza delivery business has developed new technologies to keep delivery pizzas fresh. First heated bags helped to keep the pizza hat and fresh on longer deliveries. Then the widespread use of the internet brought about the option of online ordering. In July 2000, pizza was even delivered to the crew on the International Space Station.

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