Pizza was invented by Thomas Alva Edison in Menlo Park NJ in 1880. After inventing the incandescent light bulb, Edison became hungry and…
The real history of pizza starts in Italy. Or Greece. There are good arguments for each, depending on how we define pizza. Starting with the loose yet scientific definition of “some kind of flat bread with stuff on it,” Pizza dates back to at least the 1st Century B.C., Even earlier (circa 500 B.C.), Persian soldiers baked a flatbread on their shields which they then covered with cheese and dates. But does it count as a kind of pizza if it’s cooked out in the field and not in an oven? Let’s call it flatbread and move on the Egyptians made a flatbread, the Indians baked naan in hot Tandoori ovens… but neither of these had toppings.
The Persians had toppings, but was IT pizza?
The ancient Greeks had a flat bread called plakountos, on which they placed various toppings, and we know also that Naples was founded (as Neopolis) by the Greeks. And Naples is the home of the modern pizza. Of course, in the ancient world, Naples was part of Rome — as was its neighbor, Pompeii. And pizza ovens were all over Italy, even then. Like this ancient Roman pizza oven: Ancient pizza is a toss-up, ‘middle’ pizza was Greek, and modern pizza (pre-American) was definitely Italian — Neapolitan, even! And American pizza.
Ancient pizza is a toss-up, ‘middle’ pizza was Greek, and modern pizza (pre-American) was definitely Italian — Neapolitan, even! And American pizza.
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