We all love pizza – whether it’s sharing a slice with friends out in the city, getting delivery for a cozy movie night at home, or erasing a college hangover after a big night.
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But did you know there was a time when pizza didn’t exist？
It’s horrible to think about, but its true. Pizza didn’t emerge, fully formed, during the big bang.
The ancestor of pizza was probably the Roman flatbread known as ‘panis focacius.’
Many other cultures including the Persians, Greeks, Indians, and Chinese also created various types of flatbreads topped with different ingredients.
While the word pizza was first documented in 997 A.D., modern pizza didn’t evolve until sometime in the 18th or early 19th century with the addition of tomatoes. Remember – tomatoes aren’t native to Europe! They were introduced from the Americas during the 16th century. At first, many Europeans believed that tomatoes, as a member of the nightshade family, were poisonous!
After people realized that tomatoes won’t kill you and that they actually taste pretty good, Italians tried adding them to flatbread. During those times, pizza was eaten mainly in central and southern Italy. As Allied troops stationed in Italy in World War II started to return home, they brought their new-found love of pizza back to their respective countries, and pizza rapidly spread across the world. Flashforward to today and you can find pizza pretty much everywhere. Thank goodness.
Pizza continues to evolve as new cultures add their own special ingredients to the mix. We’ll skip the durian, but kimchi and curry on pizza are quite good.
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