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History of Pizza


This is a great article on pizza! After reading come in to Brother’s Pizza in LEH (Little Egg Harbor). Considered a peasant’s meal in Italy for centuries we cannot say who invented the very first pizza pie. Food historians agree that pizza like dishes were eaten by many peoples in the Mediterranean including the Greeks and Egyptians.

However, modern pizza has been attributed to baker Raffaele Esposito of Naples. In 1889, Esposito who owned a restaurant called the Pizzeria di Pietro baked what he called “pizza” especially for the visit of Italian King Umberto I and Queen Margherita.

The first pizzeria in North America was opened in 1905 by Gennaro Lombardi at 53 1/3 Spring Street in New York City.

The first “Pizza Hut” a chain of pizza restaurants appeared in the United States during the 1930s.

Frozen pizza was invented by Rose Totino.

history of pizza

Have you ever wondered, “Who invented the circular thing that keeps the pizza from hitting the inside of the box top?” Well wonder no longer the package saver for pizza and cakes was invented by Carmela Vitale of Dix Hills, NY, who filed for US patent #4,498,586 on February 10, 1983, issued on February 12, 1985.

SOURCE: http://inventors.about.com/od/foodrelatedinventions/a/pizza.htm