Pizza, Pizza, Pizza this should be a food group in my opinion. In fact it is a perfect food. I have never met a pizza that I did not like. When we think of pizza, we assume that it originated in Italy. But it started its roots in Greece, when they topped large flat breads with oil, herbs, spices and even dried fruit. Eventually it made it's way to the streets of Naples, where vendors sold a very plain sense of the word pizza, mainly to the poor. Well, the story goes that in 1886 Queen Margherita was so enamored with this flat bread that she summoned a local Chef from his pizzeria to the palace to bake these flat breads for her. To honor the beloved Queen he topped one of his creations with tomatoes, mozzarella cheese and fresh basil, to represent the colors of the Italian flag. Who knew, that Queen Margherita would start a pizza a revolution, and this pizza is still to this, day popular in Naples and around the world,what a trendsetter!!
Italian food, not surprisingly is the number one popular ethnic food, and there are 9,000 pizzerias in New York alone(Tony Modica Pizza Dance Foundation), and a whopping 61,270 pizza joints in the U.S(America Business Lists, Omaha, Nebraska). October we celebrate National Pizza month and Saturday is the biggest night to order take-out and it is pizza. Three of the top 10 weeks of pizza consumption occur in January. More pizza is consumed during Super Bowl week than any other week of the year(Kraft Foods,Northfield, Ill.)
Here is one of my recipes for pizza dough...hope it serves you well as it has me.
2 cups All Purpose flour
1 Tbs. dry active yeast
1/2 tsp. sugar granulated
1/2 tsp. salt
1 cup warm water (110F to 115F)
1/4 to 1/3 cup olive oil
Tomatoes and oregano make it Italian; wine and tarragon make it French.Sour cream makes it Russian; lemon and cinnamon make it Greek. Soy sauce makes it Chinese; garlic makes it good. ~Alice May Brock