People everywhere like pizza, there are hundreds of thousands of pizzerias around the world. But who invented it, when and where?
Pizza Premiere. Bread has been around for a very long time, at least 10,000 years. Ever since its invention, people have been adding toppings and tucking in. The ancient Greeks had a flat bread called plakuntos that they topped with onions and herbs, and there were similar flat breads with toppings all over the Mediterranean.
The pizza we know and love today has a dough base made from water, flour and yeast topped with various ingredients, but the most basic, and the one that makes it a pizza, is tomato sauce.
Tomatoes may not seem very exotic, but they come from America and were only introduced to Europe in the 1500s. At first people regarded tomatoes with suspicion and thought they were poisonous, but eventually they became popular. Towards the end of the 1700s in the area around Naples in southern Italy, people began to add tomato sauce to their local flat bread, and the pizza was born.
Although we don’t know the culinary genius who first came up with this delicious snack, the world’s first pizzeria is thought to be Antica Pizzeria in Naples, which opened in 1830 and is still going. It’s only since the second half of the 20th century that pizza has become popular across the world as well as in Italy.
Pizza Deluxe: The most expensive pizza in the world cost £2,150 and was made to raise funds for a charity in 2007. Toppings included caviar, champagne, lobster, venison, brandy and edible gold!
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Making your own pizza is the best way for you to get exactly what you want, because you decide what goes on the pizza and in what quantity!
You can either use a packet of pre-mixed ingredients (check the instructions carefully) or you can make your own from the following:
1/2 tbsp dried yeast, a pinch of salt, a pinch of caster sugar, 200 g plain flour, a dash of olive oil, 120 ml lukewarm water
To make your own base, sieve and mix together the yeast. salt, sugar and flour.
Make a well in the mixture and pour in the olive oil and water
Start mixing with a wooden spoon and then use your hands to knead the dough for about four minutes.
Roll out the dough and leave it to rise somewhere warm while you prepare your toppings! After about half an hour, your pizza dough is ready to dress
When your work of art is complete, put the pizza into a pre heated oven (220’C) and bake for 15-20 mins, or until the crust looks golden brown.
On the pizza below, draw the toppings you used. Here are some suggestions:
various cheeses, tomato, sundried tomato, spinach, egg, mushroom, pesto, aubergine, olives, pineapple, pepper (green, red and yellow), jalapenos, onion, chillies, sweetcorn, leek, garlic, asparagus, artichoke, ham, pepperoni, salami, sausage, bacon, chicken, anchovies, tuna, prawns