By David G. Firestone
I don’t know when pizza became the go to dish in the United States, and I don’t care. I do know this about pizza, it began with the ancient Greeks, followed by the Romans. In 1889, it gained a new dimension when Raffaele Esposito created the Pizza Margherita for Queen Margherita, using mozzarella cheese, tomatoes, and basil to represent the colors of the Italian flag. Italain imigrants brought their recipies for pizza to the new world, and in 1905, at 53½ Spring Street, Lombardi’s Pizza, the first pizzaria in the United States opened. in 1984,it moved to the corner of Spring Street and Mott Street in New York City, where it still serves pizza to this day, 110 years later, the humble pizza is big business.
The New York Style vs. Chicago Style argument will always rage, but both sides can agree that pizza really is awesome. What makes pizza awesome is its simplicity, and the fact that you can get yours in the style that fits you perfectly. For example, I love bacon and mushrooms on a pan crust. My dad likes onions on a crispy crust. No matter how you like it, pizza is truly a food for the ages.
Versatility really is great too. Pizza can be good for a quick lunch, dinner at home, dinner out, a late night snack, served at a party, served at work as a reward, no matter how you eat it, you love to eat it. In closing, pizza rules!