Tracing the Origins of Pizza

Pizza is nothing new to most Americans, but the pizzas we enjoy today are often traced back to flatbreads created in Naples around the 19 th century. However, flatbread creations have been enjoyed since the 6 th century B.C. as you will learn in this video.

Pizza in America was not popularized until after WWII, though it was introduced much earlier by Italian immigrants in New York City. Once Americans began to enjoy pizza, it took on many regional forms—including the famous Chicago-style deep dish that comes piled high with toppings, sauce, and mounds of cheese. Pizza is not just a favorite in America, though diners in other nations enjoy many toppings that would be considered rather unconventional in the U.S.