|Chronological history of pizza:
- post Columbus - Tomatoes were brought back to Europe from the New World. Originally they
were thought to be poisonous, but later became accepted and added to pizza.
- 16th century - Maria Carolina, the Queen of Naples convinced her husband, King Ferdinand
IV to allow the peasant dish pizza to be made in the royal oven.
- 1889 Raffaele Esposito, themost famous PIZZAIOLO (pizza chef) created a pie for Queen
Margherita - tomato, basil and cheese, (to resemble the Italian flag) which remains the
basis for American pizza.
- 1905 - 1st US Pizzeria opens in New York City at 53 1/2 Spring St.
- 1945 - Soldiers returning from WWII brought with them a taste for certain foods--pizza
was at the top of their list.
- In the Italian Bible, Elijahs manna is called focaccia.
- Americans eat 90 acres of pizza per day.
- During TV news broadcasts, most pizza is ordered during the weather, and the delivery
folks report that women are better tippers!
- According to the Wall Street Journal, when Hillary is out-of-town, White House staffers
order more pizza!
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