No trace can be found of the inventor of pizza because it was considered a peasants meal in Italy. No person of higher rank would be caught eating it, at first. Over centuries, it quickly became a household favorite comfort food.
Food historians have come to a unanimous decision that pizza like dishes was eaten by many peoples in the Mediterranean including the Greeks and Egyptians. To our pizza-loving readers, did you know that 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 very first pizza shop here in the United States of America was opened in 1905 by Gennaro Lombardi at 53 1/3 Spring Street in New York City.
Why is pizza round out of all shapes? Actually, a lot of pizza will come in squares, but to save space, people would make pizza round so that it could fit into a box without compromising the actual food. Americans eat approximately 350 slices of pizza per second. And 36 percent of those pizza slices are pepperoni slices, making pepperoni the number one choice among pizza toppings in the United States. That’s a lot of pizza!