Where was pizza invented?

Pizza, as we know it today, has its origins in Naples, Italy. It is believed to have been created in the 18th century in the city's poorer neighborhoods, particularly among the working-class population.

The classic Neapolitan pizza, known as "Margherita," was said to have been made in 1889 by pizzaiolo Raffaele Esposito. He created the pizza for Queen Margherita of Savoy, using tomato (red), mozzarella cheese (white), and basil leaves (green) to represent the colors of the Italian flag. This pizza was a big hit and became a classic.

The original Neapolitan pizza is characterized by a thin crust, a simple tomato sauce, fresh mozzarella cheese, olive oil, and fresh basil. It's cooked quickly in a very hot wood-fired oven, resulting in a flavorful and slightly charred crust.

Over time, pizza gained popularity not only in Italy but also internationally, becoming one of the most beloved and iconic dishes worldwide. Different regions and cultures have put their own spin on pizza, resulting in a wide variety of toppings and styles. Also to note, the guy who throws your pizza up in the air is referred to as the pizzaiolo.