By: Dana Mourad
Try to name a type of food that the average American will consume at least once a week. Keep in mind that this food is also readily accessible in all places around the U.S. and is the number one party food served during children’s birthday parties. Every club on campus will encourage its members to come to weekly general body meetings by offering this food. By now you should have a clear idea of what I am talking about, it’s pizza!
Even though there are many American business chains that prepare and serve pizza, pizza is actually an Italian invention. In the early 19th century, pizza was a dish eaten by the working class and poor people. It consisted of flat bread or dough with baked tomatoes. Garlic was sometimes added on top to give it some extra flavor, but no one from the aristocracy or higher social classes took pleasure in this dish. Queen Margherita of Savoy visited Naples in 1889 and requested a man by the name of Rafaelle Esposito to serve this peasant food to her. Esposito wanted to make the pizza special and as a sign of respect to the Queen, he added basil and cheese to the flat bread and tomatoes. The red color (tomato), white color (cheese), and green color (basil) were intended to symbolize the colors of the Italian flag, hence the margarita pizza came into existence.
Fun Fact: The average American will consume 46 pizza slices every year, which is roughly around 6 large boxes.