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Pizza is the world's favorite fast food, with some three billion pizza sold every year in the US alone.
The story of how pizza became so popular reveals much about the history of migration, economics, and technological change.
Pizza - pieces of flatbread, topped with savories - was a simple and tasty meal for those who could not afford plates.
For a long time, pizzas were associated with poverty and scorned by food writers.
In 1831, Samuel Morse described pizza as a ‘species of the most nauseating cake … covered over with slices of pomodoro or tomatoes, and sprinkled with little fish and black pepper and I know not what othe...
While on a visit to Naples in 1889, King Umberto I and Queen Margherita grew tired of the complicated French dishes they were served. Three sorts of pizza were offered to the queen: one with lard, caciocavallo, and basil; another with cecenielli; and a third with tomatoes, mozzarella, and basi...
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