Imagine a world without pizza. Actually, don’t do that. It’s too horrible. Instead, let’s celebrate the beloved pie. We’ll help with this quick history of pizza:
A Peasant’s Dish?
Like so much esteemed American food, pizza was originally considered a dish for peasants. Hearty, full of carbs, and flexible (you can put anything on it, right?), pizza was the meal of choice for the working class of America.
Italian Origins? Maybe
Did you know that we don’t know who made the first pizza? It’s presumed to have been made somewhere on the Mediterranean, but beyond that, we don’t know.
The first Pizza Hut appeared in the 1930s, just in time to feed a new class of struggling peasants. We’re pretty sure they didn’t have stuffed crust yet.
And now, pizza has gone upscale. Restaurants like California Pizza Kitchen have elevated pizza to new heights, making this finger food a sophisticated meal.
Main photo by Herry Lawford