Pizza: A Brief History

Pizza The Street Diner

Pizza is one of the world’s most loved foods. And for good reason, have you tried our stone-baked pizzas? (insert stereotypical Italian hand kissing gesture here). Whether you like it thin and crispy, deep pan or stuffed crust, pizza is generally a winner at most people’s kitchen tables. But where did it all start? 

Naples The Street Diner

In Italy of course! (if you didn’t guess that, you should probably leave). But you may not know that modern pizza, in it’s delicious tomatoey form, was originally developed in late 18th century Naples when tomato was added to focaccia.

Tomato The Street Diner

This tomato topping was brought from Europe from the Americas in the 16th century and, believe it or not, many Europeans believed it to be poisonous! It wasn’t until tomato was added to the flatbread in the poor areas of Naples, that pizza gained its popularity; a popularity that has only risen, like freshly made dough, throughout the centuries. Floods of tourists began to enter Naples to try the speciality, and you can still visit Antica Pizzeria Port’Alba (supposedly the world’s oldest pizzeria) to this day. 

However, Naples wasn’t always the tourist hot-spot that it is now. In fact, pizza was generally used as a cheap and filling meal for the porters, messengers and casual labourers of Naples who had to scrape by for a living. These types of workers would be constantly on the move, searching for the next job to earn some money. Pizza was an on-the-go, easy to consume, option that didn’t eat into their time; much like The Street Diner is today! 

So there you have it, a brief history of the origins of pizza. Make sure you go and check out our Stone Baked Pizza mobile kitchen! Our pizza Labella is inspired by Jon’s Grandad who emigrated over from Italy to cook in England! 

Max Bevan