The Italian word for pie is pizza.
The word pizza comes from the Neapolitan dialect and means “round of dough” or “pie”. The first written document mentioning pizza dates back to 997, when a man was paid to make “pizzas” for the royal court of King Ruggero II in Naples.
Pizza was originally made with just oil, salt, and herbs on a flatbread base, but over time ‘pizzaioli’ (pizza makers) started adding ingredients like cheese, sausage, anchovies and bell peppers to create new types of pizzas.
In Italy today there are hundreds of different types of pizza made throughout the country. In New York City alone there are more than 25 different styles!
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Last modified: October 30, 2022