For the next three months, East of Chicago Pizza will recap the history of our FAVORITE food…..PIZZA!
The earliest known home of pizza comes from the island of Sicily. Archeologists found remains of flattened breads and tools to make the breads that were proven to be over 3000 years old! One of the earliest references to pizza was from historical writings of the Persian, Darius. It mentions how his soldiers often baked flattened bread on their shields, which were later covered with cheese and dates.
The arrival of tomatoes from the new world helped stoke the incredible rise of pizza popularity. The center of pizza innovation was Naples, Italy. Here, local cooks first started implementing a tomato topping. By late 18th century pizza popularity was soaring on the streets of Naples. Ultimately, the first modern pizzeria, Antica Pizzeria Port’Alba, was opened in 1830.
Check back in April for Part Two!