The word “pizza” comes from the adaptation of the word “pita”. Pita was a type of bread used since the times of Middle Eastern cultures. During the end of the Xth century, the word Pizza appeared in Medieval Latin and during the XVI century it was used for denominating a tool used by Neapolitan bakers.
In Its origin as a dish, it was just consumed by popular classes and covered with a white sauce. Later, the sauce was replaced by oil, cheese, tomato and fish.
During the XIXth century we can find a reference of pizza in literature. The writer Alexandre Dumas described the diversity of pizza.
At the end on the XIX century, the Neapolitan chef Raffaele Esposito elaborated “Pizza Margherita” in honor of the Italian Queen Margherita of Savoy. It’s ingredients were tomatoes (red), mozzarella (white) and basil (green) and the y represented the colors of the Italian flag. This was a great innovation, because this was the first pizza that used cheese.
And remember you can try or take away real Italian pizzas in Madrid’s downtown in our Italian restaurant.