The “Pizza Margherita”

Posted: 12/04/2012 in Recipes
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Italy is famous worldwide for its cuisine, especially for “pizza”. There are many types of pizza, but the “mother of all pizzas” is the famous “pizza margherita”.
The basic ingredients of pizza are tomato and mozzarella, since 1500. The typical “pizzeria” has a wood stove, a marble countertop where the pizza is packed, a shelf where you see the ingredients and tables where customers can consume.
The most famous Neapolitan pizza maker was Pietro Colicchio, whose tradition is continued today by ‘”Antica Pizzeria Brandi”. In 1889, the best pizza maker at the time, Raffaele Esposito created for the King of Italy Umberto I and his wife Margaret three pizzas: pizza at “mastunicola” (lard, cheese, basil), pizza marinara (tomato, garlic, oil, oregano) and the tomato and mozzarella pizza (tomato, mozzarella, olive oil, basil). The last was built in honor of the queen. In fact, the colors green (basil), white (mozzarella) and red (tomatoes) are the colours of the Italian flag. The sovereign liked it, so that he wanted to commend the author of this goodness, in writing. Even today the letter of thanks of the Queen is visible in ‘”Ancient Pizzeria Brandi” in Naples.
For this reason, the pizza maker decided to give the name of the queen to his new pizza. Since then, the pizza with tomato, mozzarella and basil, is called “margherita”.

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