Established around 600 B.C. as a Greek settlement, Naples in the 1700s and early 1800s was a thriving waterfront city. Technically an independent kingdom, it was infamous for its throngs of working poor, or lazzaroni. "The closer you got to the bay, the more thick their population, and much of their living was done outdoors, sometimes in homes that were bit more than a space," said Carol Helstosky, author of "Pizza: A Global History" and associate professor of history at the University of Denver.
Unlike the rich minority, these Neapolitans required affordable food that could be taken in quickly. Pizza-- flatbreads with different garnishes, consumed for any meal and offered by street vendors or casual restaurants-- fulfilled this need. "Judgmental Italian authors frequently called their consuming habits 'horrible,'" Helstosky noted. These early pizzas taken in by Naples' bad featured the yummy garnishes beloved today, such as tomatoes, cheese, oil, anchovies and garlic.
Italy combined in 1861, and King Umberto I and Queen Margherita checked out Naples in 1889. Legend has it that the traveling set ended up being bored with their consistent diet of French nouvelle cuisine and asked for a selection of pizzas from the city's Pizzeria Brandi, the follower to Da Pietro pizzeria, founded in 1760. The variety the queen delighted in most was called pizza mozzarella, a pie topped with the soft white cheese, red tomatoes and green basil. (Perhaps it was no coincidence that her favorite pie included the colors of the Italian flag.) From then on, the story goes, that particular topping mix was called pizza Margherita.
Queen Margherita's blessing might have been the start of an Italy-wide pizza fad. And yet, up until the 1940s, pizza would remain little recognized in Italy beyond Naples' borders.
An ocean away, however, immigrants to the United States from Naples were duplicating their dependable, crusty pizzas in New York and other American cities, consisting of Trenton, New Haven, Boston, Chicago and St. Louis. The Neapolitans were coming for factory jobs, as did millions of Europeans in the late 19th and early 20th centuries; they weren't seeking to make a culinary statement. Fairly rapidly, the tastes and fragrances of pizza began to fascinate non-Neapolitans and non-Italians.
The first documented United States pizzeria was G. (for Gennaro) Lombardi's on Spring Street in Manhattan, licensed to sell pizza in 1905. (Prior to that, the dish was homemade or purveyed by unlicensed vendors.) Lombardi's, still in operation today though no longer at its 1905 location, "has the same oven as it did originally," noted food critic John Mariani, author of "How Italian Food Conquered the World."
Arguments over the finest slice in town can be heated up, as any pizza fan knows. Mariani credited three East Coast pizzerias with continuing to churn out pies in the century-old tradition: Totonno's (Coney Island, Brooklyn, opened 1924); Mario's (Arthur Avenue, the Bronx, opened 1919); and Pepe's (New Haven, opened 1925).
As Italian-Americans, and their food, migrated from city to suburban area, east to west, particularly after World War II, pizza's popularity in the United States grew. No longer seen as an "ethnic" treat, it was progressively determined as a quick, fun food. Regional, distinctly non-Neapolitan variations emerged, eventually including California-gourmet pizzas topped with anything from barbecued chicken to smoked salmon.
"Like blue denims and rock and roll, the rest of the world, consisting of the Italians, selected up on pizza simply since it was American," discussed Mariani. Worldwide outposts of American chains like Domino's and Pizza Hut also thrive in about 60 different nations. Helstosky believes one of the quirkiest American pizza variations is the Rocky Mountain pie, baked with a supersized, doughy crust to conserve for last.
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