Throwback Thursday: Did you know that Queen Margherita of Italy was the first to get a pizza delivered?

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In 1889, King Umberto and Queen Margherita had the privilege of getting the first known pizza delivered by Raffaele Esposito, the most famous pizzaiolo (pizza chef) in Naples, Italy. In honor of the Queen, Raffaele made the pizza into the colors of the Italian flag: red tomatoes, green basil, and white mozzarella cheese. This later would become the basis for the classic Neapolitan pizza.

Pizza delivery really took off after World War II when many soldiers returning from Italy brought back an appetite for the tasty dish. Because pizzas are easily transported in paper boxes, they were the perfect food to be delivered.

The first pizzeria in the U.S. was opened by Gennaro Lombardi in 1895, and it was located at 53 1/2 Spring Street in New York City. Pizza was brought to America by the Italian immigrants but didn’t become popular until the American GI’s got a taste for it while serving in Italy.

Are you on Wikipedia? You can expand the English version of the history of pizza delivery here in English and in German here. At the time of writing, it needs expansion. You are welcome to use this blog link as reference.

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