Friday, March 20, 2009

True story of pizza, as heard on the internet.
The food we now know as pizza originated in Germany in the middle of the 14th century. In those days, it consisted of square unleavened bread with salted lamb meat which was baked in small clay ovens.
The Normans took the Germans' idea and expanded it to include sauce and cheese. They replaced the meat with a mixture of turnips and beets because protein was very scarce during this time period. It was then that it was first referred to as "peozia" which would later become "pizza".
Pizza became virtually extinct during the 16th century. The invading Japanese conquerors took the recipe and hid it from both the Normans, the Germans and the Italians.
Twenty-five years later, an old man in Ireland found the recipe and tried making it in his kitchen. Using soda bread for crust, potatoes for cheese, and corned beef for meat, the pizza he produced was approximately 18 inches in diameter and over 1 foot thick. It took 2 hours to prepare and fed 7 people for 3 days.
But it wasn't until 1907 that Edward von Schmidt started a small pizza company in Hackensack, New Jersey. He called his shop Pizza Hut, selling 2 different kinds of pizza as well as penny candy. When he sold the naming rights to his company in 1924 for $750, pizza became an American staple and convenience food. Pizza helped the Allied troops during World War II and was featured in several feature Hollywood films during the Depression.
As you can see, the history of pizza is both numerous and complex.

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