The History (and Mystery) of the Margherita Pizza

The History (and Mystery) of the Margherita Pizza

It may seem curious but the history of the Margherita pizza, one of the most classical pizza, is shrouded in mystery. Read more to find out why !
The fib goes like this – the year was 1889, the King Umberto I and his beautiful wife Queen Margherita of Savoy were on a visit to Naples, the former capital of the southern kingdom. Historians believe that the Queen grew tired of the epicure french cuisine that was popular among royals across Europe at the time and summoned the most celebrated pizza-maker in Naples, Raffaele Esposito who she commissioned to create 3 unlike pizza .
The Queen did not like the first base 2 pizza Esposito presented, pizza marinara ( garlic ) and pizza Napoli ( anchovy ) ; however on his 3rd attempt he unveiled a pizza which Queen Margherita approved. The pizza consisted of tomato sauce, mozzarella and a sprig of basil.
immediately after this Raffaele Esposito named his pizza the margherita and asked the Queen for a Royal Seal. A few days by and by a chamberlain sent Esposito a thank you note, one which still hangs on the walls of his descendants pizzeria .
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The History of the Margherita Pizza – The mystery !

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now here is the mystery. It all seemed besides a lot of a coincidence that the Queen of Italy ’ s favorite pizza just happens to be the same color as the italian Flag ? Red/tomato sauce, white/mozzarella and green/basil and indeed food historians dug deeper and it was discovered that a number of anomalies occurred with the pizzeria letter .

  • The royal stamp was similar but not the same as other royal stamps of the time
  • The stamp was placed off center as opposed to the top left as was common at the time
  • The letter was written on standard paper not royal stationery
  • Finally the handwriting was not the same as Camillo Galli, the chamberlain who supposedly wrote the letter

thus who forged the letter ? It is debated but it seems that Raffaele Esposito sold his pizzeria to his brother-in-law ’ second sons the Brandi Brothers, who in the 1930 ’ s came on hood times and crafted this royal fable .
To this day there is no agreement about the letter ’ sulfur veracity but one thing not up for argument is the quality of the classic Margherita pizza ! The Margherita pizza is a firm fan favorite in our italian restaurant and adjacent workweek we ’ ll be sharing with you our authentic italian recipe for Margherita pizza but if you can ’ thymine expect that retentive, book a board now and we ’ ll see you soon ! aloha