One of my favorite foods in the world is Pizza!! I have judged many of the International pizza championships and have tasted some of the world’s best pizza in many parts of Italy. Many people always ask about its origins and one of our editors- Patricia Mooney- has assisted me in putting together this bit of historical pizza info here:
Modern Italy is a rather young Country. As a nation, Italy was only unified in 1870. However, this ancient land in south central Europe has been a center of culture for thousands of years. It was from this region that the Romans controlled their vast empire. It was there that the Roman Catholic Church chose to make its spiritual headquarters. And the Renaissance, one of the greatest periods in classical architecture, art, philosophy etc. began there in the 14th Century.
When most people think of Italian food they invariably think of spaghetti or pizza. While these are staple recipes they are an over simplification. The popularity of pizza is much greater in America than in Italy.