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How Italian Pizza Came To The United States

When it comes to pizza matter there is no better people that serves it with taste and delight but the Italian people. Italian pizzas are the most popular and most sought after pizzas anywhere you go. They of course originate in Italy but many have made its own version of Italian pizza trying to copy their taste and serve them on restaurants. One of these countries is the United States.

Italian pizza is said to be the most sought after pizza around the world. United States have slowly overshadowing the Italian pizza when it comes to pizza flavors. Find out how Italian pizza came to the American soil. Below are some facts or information about Italian pizza:

  • The earliest pizzeria was founded in Via Port’ Alba 18 in Naples in 1830. It is still in pizza business until today. The most famous pizzaiolo, the one making the pizzas, in Naples during this time is Rafaele Esposito. He was called in by the King Umberto I and Queen Mergherita of Savoy to prepare a local specialty for a meal. It is widely believed that Esposito made the first known Italian pizza with the color of Italian flag. He used tomato sauce to color the dough red, mozzarella cheese for white and green basil leaves for green. Later on, that pizza was called Mergherita Pizza, the first known Italian pizza.
  • Pizza came to know to the American consumers when an Italian immigrant named Genarro Lombardi and its assistant Antonio Totonno began making pizza to cater Italian immigrants. The first pizzeria in the American soil was built in 1905. It became so popular that demands for pizza began to grow. Later on, Totonno part ways with Lombardi, started his own pizza business, and named his pizzeria “Totonnos”.
  • During World War II, when American troops went to Italy, they fell in love to Italy’s favorite pizza as fast time food. It has become a popular soldier food that it reaches its popularity in the mainstream American household.
  • In 1950, pizza has become the component of American fast food restaurants. It has become one of the favorite ordered foods among fast food chain stores in the United States. It has reached its mark in the US market. Two leading pizza stores in the United States were born. One is Pizza Hut restaurant and the other one is Shakey’s. Both provide a variety of pizza flavors that include even the original Italian pizza flavor.
  • Today, one can create its own pizza since instant pizza crust and toppings are now ready and available in the market. It has changed the concept of making an Italian pizza.
     

 
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