Pizza Margherita – The birthplace of modern pizza in Naples

Raffaele Esposito was an Italian chef and owner of a tavern called Pizzeria di Pietro e basta così in the 19th century, that had been founded in 1780 by Pietro Colicchio. Because of Esposito’s experiments with ingredients and presentation, and his successful preparation of the dish for Queen Margherita, it is suggested by some that Esposito was the father of the modern pizza.

In 1889, pizza had not yet become a popular or well-known dish and was typically eaten by poor people as a way to use up various ingredients that would otherwise go to waste. At that time, Esposito was considered the premier pizza-maker in the city of Naples.

Plaque in Naples remembering the centennial of Pizza Margherita invention / Image source

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