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The Early History of Pizza

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The Early History of the World’s Best Invention: Pizza

We all know that pizza is the most important invention that man has ever created. It’s the incredible, Italian taste that’s an international sensation, and will never die as one of the most popular foods in the world. That’s why it’s so important that you know the history of how pizza was created, and how we got to where we are today. Know your pizza, eat your pizza, and love your pizza. These are the three most important things in life. Let’s start with knowing your pizza, so you can learn the roots of the best invention that was ever made.

The Ancient Greeks

It’s hard to say definitively who invented pizza and when they did. The Ancient Greeks had a bread that they called Plakous, which had toppings on it, such as onions, herbs, and garlic. If you define that as pizza, than maybe you believe that the Ancient Greeks invented pizza. If you’re looking for a pizza with all of the trimmings, including tomato and cheese, you actually have to look much further in history to find it.

The Roman Soldier

Did you know that the very first pizza dates all the way back to when Roman soldiers added cheese and olive oil to Matzah? It’s true. This ancient Mediterranean treat also came up in the 16th century, Naples, when a galette flatbread was referred to as pizza. It was known for being a dish for poor people, so no one from the higher classes ate it for fear of being viewed as a lower person. The name “pizza” is often believed to have come from the Latin word “pinsa”, which meant flatbread. This makes sense, because all early variations of pizza had a flatbread base.

The Pizza Margherita

When the Italian Queen Margherita visited a pizzeria in Naples, the pizza maker created a pizza for her that reflected tradition, by having all three colors of the Italian flag involved. It was a breakout hit, and now pizza margherita is served all over the world, making it on pretty much every Italian restaurant menu that exists today. If you want to try a classic Italian pizza, you have to try Margherita if you want to get all of those great Mediterranean flavors all at once.

Mickey’s Italian

Today, in Hermosa Beach, we all know that the very best pizza in town is at Mickey’s Deli. It’s so important to support your local deli because of the value that it provides to the community. The pizza that we receive today from chains that are only interested in making profits is awful. It doesn’t give you what you really want when you’re trying to get a great, true to form pizza. Mickey’s has been serving up classic pizza flavors with fresh toppings from fresh produce for a long time now, making it a must-visit destination for anyone that’s going through the Hermosa, Redondo, or Manhattan Beach area. Come to Mickey’s, we’ll take care of you, and give you a pie that you’re really going to sink your teeth into, keeping you coming back for more and more.

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