Pizza: A Brief Historical Overview and American Culture Essay

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2005 will mark the 100-year anniversary of the first pizzeria in America. Americans eat approximately 100 acres of pizza each day, which is about 350 slices per second. According to an American Dairy Association random sampling survey, pizza is America’s fourth most craved food behind cheese, chocolate, and ice cream. American’s obviously love pizza; we have even designated the month of October as National Pizza Month. But whether you bake your pizza in your kitchen oven, in a wood-burning stove, eat it in a restaurant, or choose delivery, there is no denying this phenomenon has become as American as apple pie. Although we love our modern-day version pizza pie, where did it all begin? In my research, I found several opinions of the…show more content…
Another school of thought is that the pre-historic version of our modern-day favorite began in the Middle East. And similarly we see the dough covered with herbs and spices, known as focaccia, began being served as an appetizer or snack nearly one thousand years later in Naples, Italy. The focaccia was originally used to hold leftovers and baked in the oven by housewives. This was eaten primarily by the lower class, or peasants, because it did not require utensils and used fresh produce. Tomatoes began to be used on the herbed dough in the late 1600’s when the old world Europeans overcame their fear of the yellow and red fruited plant from Peru and Ecuador. When Naples natives began adding tomatoes to their focaccias, the first pizzeria, Antica Pizzeria Port’Alba, was born in 1830, and the pizzas were cooked in ovens lined with lava from Mount Vesuvius. Incidentally, this pizzeria is still around in Naples. The modern pizza we have come to love and devour with its delicate crust, tomatoes, cheese,

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