Go to a pizza haunt and you just can't resist yourself from ordering a margherita!
But, but! We’re sure you don’t know how the classic margherita pizza got the name. Naah, not even if you’re American. Okay, we’re not going to be like that lofty jerk every group has by asking you if you know the difference between cheese pizza, plain pizza, and Margherita pizza. But we’re afraid that you don’t and it’s better late than never.
If Dan Bransfield, author of the book Pizzapedia is to be believed, the Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana classifies these three types of pizzas as genuine Neapolitan pizzas. Out of which Margherita like y’all know is “made with tomato, sliced mozzarella, basil and extra-virgin olive oil.” As compared to the regular cheese pizza, this one is trimmer and is more flavorful.
But what about the name you may ask. According to the most floated story, this is how the pizza gets its name:
In the June of 1889, Margherita of Savoy, Italy’s one-time queen consort was on an official visit to Naples along with King Umberto I, her husband. The visit came fresh after the amalgamation of northern and southern Italy. Southern Italy had lost its independence and was looking to be nursed and something to uplift their morale. It was just then that Queen Margherita and her appetite entered the scene.
Wary of the gourmet French food she’d been served all throughout the trip, she asked Raffaele Esposito of Pizzeria Brandi to serve her pizza. Esposito, the most famous pizzamaker of the town got into the kitchen to whip up a classic as we know it now!
Of all the pizzas that were served that night, Queen Margherita liked the one made with mozzarella, tomatoes and basil, the best! And why not, after all it represented the colors of an Italian flag. As an honor, Esposito named the pizza after Queen Margherita.
Another theory doing round is that of the meaning of the word ‘margherita’. The word means “daisy” in Italian and according to the theorists, the daisy-like arrangement of mozzarella and basil on the pizza is why the pizza got the name.
New or traditional, whatever the theory, margherita is major love amongst people of all ages, shape, size and race. So what are ya waiting for, let’s make a beeline at the local pizzeria, shall we?
Information source: huffingtonpost