Pizza is an Italian food that was created in Italy (The Naples area). It is made with different toppings. Some of the most common toppings are cheese, sausages, pepperoni, vegetables, tomatoes, spices and herbs and basil.
These toppings are added over a piece of bread covered with sauce. The sauce is most often tomato-based, but butter-based sauces are used, too.
The piece of bread is usually called a "pizza crust". Almost any kind of topping can be put over a pizza. The toppings used are different in different parts of the world. Pizza comes from Italy from Neapolitan cuisine. However, it has become popular in many parts of the world.
Pizza was first originally invented in Naples, Italy as a fast, affordable, tasty meal for working-class Neapolitans on the go. While we all know and love these slices of pizza today, pizza actually didn't gain mass appeal until the 1940s, when immigrating Italians brought their classic slices to the United States.
The word pizza gets its unique name from the Greek word "pitta" meaning "pie" or the Langobardic word "bizzo" meaning "bite".
Baker Raffaele Esposito from Naples is often given credit for making the first such pizza pie. Historians note, however, that street vendors in Naples sold flatbreads with toppings for many years before then.
Did you know?
Pizza is now the world's most popular food!
People in the United States eat 100 acres of pizza each day.
94% of Americans consume pizza regularly.
Over 5 Billion Pizzas are sold worldwide every year!
There's a technical term for the edge or 'crust' of the pizza called the 'cornicone'.
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