So many of us love to eat pizza. Some of us like a thick crust, others prefer thin. Some of us like lots of cheese and sauce, others go light. When it comes to toppings, however, the sky is the limit!
Let us look way back into the past to learn more about the origin of pizza. You need to go way back to ancient times when simple flatbreads were part of your daily meals. Then the Romans introduced the Focaccia bread to which toppings were added.
Pizza, as we know it today, was introduced in Naples, Italy. Naples, in the 1700’s and early 1800’s, was a busy city on the water. There were many poor workers who spent most of their time outdoors since most of them lived in one-room homes. They needed to eat inexpensive and quickly prepared meals. Street vendors sold flat breads topped with tomatoes, cheese, oil, anchovies, and garlic.
It was not until Queen Margherita, tired of eating the more expensive French food, requested to taste the pizza when visiting Naples in 1889. The queen was really “blown away” by the “Pizza Mozzarella”, which was topped with soft white cheese, red tomatoes, and basil……….hence today’s version of the Margherita Pizza.
In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, many immigrants from Naples, Italy came to live in various United States cities such as New York, Chicago, Trenton, Boston to name just a few. The tastes and smells of the Italian immigrants’ pizzas heightened the interest of those living around them.
The first United States pizzeria was Lombardi’s on Spring Street in Manhattan in 1905. After WW II, the popularity of pizza exploded in the U.S. Today we have pizza topped with anything from barbecued chicken or smoked salmon to pineapple.
Asheville is a hub for great pizza. Some of our local spots include Pizza Mind, Standard Pizza, 828 Family Pizzeria, Asheville Pizza, Blaze Pizza, Mellow Mushroom and the list goes on and on.
When you make your next outing to visit Lake Lure, be sure to enjoy a pizza at La Strada Italian Restaurant. By the way, did you know that we even have a Pizza Day? Check it out…..the next Pizza Day is February 9, 2020! Don’t forget to put that down on your calendar!!