Origin of Pizza
Although voracious aficionados can suck down several sauce-laden slices in mere minutes, pizza didn’t develop in a vacuum.
An often recounted story holds that on 11 June 1889, to honour the Queen consort of Italy, Marguerite of Savoy, the Neapolitan pizza maker Rafaela Esposito created the “Pizza Marguerite”, a pizza garnished with tomatoes, mozzarella, and basil, to represent the national colours of Italy as on the Italian flag.
Modern pizza “was first made more than 2000 years ago when Roman soldiers added cheese and olive oil to matzah.
Pizza has come down a long road and is still a common love for people all around the world, alike.
The world of pizza has certainly expanded way beyond Margherita-ville.
With about eighteen ingredients that gets into the preparation of dough with toppings of more than ten ingredients classifying veggies with about ten in number and for others with seven, cheeses of Parmesan and romanio added with sugar and milk and sides and desserts and a bottle of Coke to remove the choking in throat and down through the oesophagus, the belly gets a full filling.
With 12 to 15 minutes to prepare the dough and 10 to 15 minutes of cooking time at a temperature of 2500 Celsius the crust is cooked completely before the toppings burn. It is delivered at the door step with clockwork precision with a money back guarantee for delays.
But when we are hungry and being a children’s delight and a fast food of the 21st century, the delay is condoned though the delivery boys will be flying like a rocket to achieve their targets.
The way in which it is cut into sectors, gives a mathematical impression of ‘Pie’, a great invention of our economic wizardry. If cut into more than 16 sectors, and even if one piece is missing*, the circle can be reoriented and the blind eye, at the time of hunger and children like a swarm of bees when put their heads into the box, will not be able to count them. But still Pizza is Pizza! A ‘drag and suck’ feeling and gulping with coke is indeed a treat on the dining table when everyone is performing the same art. If it gets synchronized it becomes a party.
*This I noticed in a Malayalam movie in which the delivery boy takes a piece to feed for his hunger as the manager of the Pizza centre was reluctant to pay his full salary and incentives. Dear boys. This is only but ‘reel’ sales.
By Sundareswaran Date: 9th July 2016.