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The story of Margherita Pizza and how it came to being

Pizza, a dish that we all love to indulge in. But the truth is that the run-of-the-mill pizza we eat today is far from an authentic Italian slice. Pizza in fact has many different variations, depending on the region of Italy you are in. For example the dough in Rome is made with olive oil so it can be stretched and eventually become thinner. In Naples on the other hand, the dough consists of yeast, flour, water, and salt, which makes the base fluffy. Today we are going to look at the most authentic pizza from Naples, the humble, yet delicious, Margherita.
If you travel to Naples, you might be in for a surprise when it comes to the pizzas here. They are quite different from what you might be used to. Above all else, the Margherita is a must try, as it is a classic from the region with an interesting story of its origin. It dates back to 1861.

Believe it or not, Margherita is one of the most popular pizzas in the world. Yes it is a humble one, without the glitz and glamour of your exciting toppings, but it hits home. There is a warmth that is undeniable. Margherita pizza gets its name from Queen Margherita of Savoy, who was the Queen consort of Umberto I. It was once during her visit to Naples that the dish came into being.

The story of Margherita Pizza and how it came to being

The story goes that the Queen was tired of eating French food all the time, as it was the cuisine of choice among the European royalty. So, the onus was on Raffaele Esposito, a pizza chef of great reputation, to dish out some exciting new dish for her. He went ahead and made three pizzas, and according to legend, it was the third one that made its mark on the Queen. The first two were Pizza Marinara, and Pizza Napoli. The third was a cheesy, saucy beauty that in fact looked like the colours of the Italian flag. The white cheese, the green basil, and the red tomato sauce. This was an instant hit with the Queen, and came to be known as the Margherita pizza.

Here is an interesting piece of news for you. Chef Raffaele Esposito was the chef at a Naples restaurant called Pizzeria Brandi, which still exists to this day. This means you can grab a slice of pizza at the famed restaurant even to this day.

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