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Eating pizza in Italy and around the world

Pizza is loved by everyone! But you’ll be eating very different dishes in Chicago and Napoli…


Pizza has picked up peculiar variations across the globe over the years. From Europe to America, you’ll find different combinations of toppings which have become popular in different locations.

Raffaele Esposito, the renowned pizza chef of Napoli of the 19th century, is said to have conjured up the first modern pizza we all know today for King Umberto I and Queen Margherita in 1889. The style was hence named after her in an act of patriotism, depicting the Italian flag colours red, green and white with tomatoes, basil and mozzarella respectively.  Pizza makers in Naples have EU protection over their regional dish meaning they are the only Italian chefs legally allowed to produce pizzas using San Marzano tomatoes and fresh buffalo mozzarella cheese.

Ever since, wide spread popularity for the Italian dish has flourished with cooks slightly altering the recipe to develop their own version of the Italian staple. For instance, the US are crazy for deep-pan pepperoni, particularly in Chicago and New York.

More confusingly, Canada was the first country to introduce pineapple as a topping, and not Hawaii as the name of the pizza suggests.

If you’re finding it impossible to choose a pizza style, you’ll never go wrong with a Margherita, the original pizza that started it all.


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