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Pizza lovers all over the country pride themselves on their awesome pizza knowledge. The funny thing is that a large percentage of them are likely wrong. That’s just how it goes. But we know how much you love pizza (Vincenzo’s in particular) and we don’t want to leave you looking like one of those people who have their pizza facts all wrong. After all, it’s pizza, it’s too important to get wrong.

Once Upon a Time

Once upon a time there was a lonely baker who desperately wanted to—nah, just kidding, this isn’t one of those stories. Although we would love to see more fairy-tales about pizza, wouldn’t you? The actual origins of pizza are a bit hazy. It is commonly believed that pizza got its start in Italy. However, other civilizations have variants as well—the Greeks, Egyptians, Babylonians, Israelis, and Armenians just to name a few.

But it’s called “pizza,” that makes it Italian.

We hear you. But as it turns out, the word “pizza” has mysterious origins as well. It is the Italian word for “pie” and is thought to derive from either the Latin pix, meaning “pitch” or the Greek word pitta. Others claim that it comes from a Langobardic word, bizzo, which means “bite.”

history-picWhat about that story I heard about Naples?

Yes, there are those who claim that pizza originated in Naples, Italy. The story goes (we guess this IS one of those stories) that the poor people living in Naples had to have affordable food that was easy and quick to eat, so they topped flatbread with cheese, tomatoes, garlic, oil, and anchovies. Then one day, a guy by the name Raffaele Esposito had the honor of serving one of these creations to King Umberto and Queen Margherita of Italy. The queen supposedly loved the flavor of the mozzarella, basil, and tomatoes so much, that Esposito named it “Pizza Margherita.”

It’s a great story. But so many other cultures also had pizza variations that it isn’t really fair to say that pizza definitely originated in Italy.

In the End…

In the end, we don’t care so much about where pizza got its start. We care more about delivering hot, cheesy, melty goodness to you, dear people of Saugus. So what are you waiting for? After all this talk about pizza we’re starving, and we know you are, too. Drop in for a visit, and let’s enjoy a slice of authentic Italian pizza together. Or if you are feeling homey, place an order for delivery and we’ll bring it right to your front door.