Word of the Week: Margherita Pizza

Margherita pizza is a noun and defined as a typical Neapolitan pizza, made with tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, fresh basil, salt, and extra-virgin olive oil. The pizza was first made in the late-1800’s by Italian chef Raffaele Esposito. The pizza was made to welcome the arrival of King Umberto I & Queen of Italy, Margherita of Savoy to Napoli. Esposito served them the “Margherita” pizza topped with mozzarella, basil, and tomatoes to represent the flag (white, green, & red) and the unification of Italy. However, some sources reveal that the original Margherita pizza was available decades before Queen Margherita arrived in Napoli, and it was named after the arrangement of the mozzarella slices and basil leaves on the pizza in the shape of a daisy (Italian translation: Margherita).

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Margherita pizza: Atlas Obscura

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