|The History of Pizza
By Mani Niall
Roman soldiers tasted
matzo and thought it lacked FOCUS (the Latin word for hearth). On a hearth, along with
oil, herbs and cheese ... pizze was born ..
The root word in Latin is PICEA, which describes the blackening of the crust
caused by the fire underneath.
The modern precursor to what we call pizza occurred in pre-Renaissance Naples.
Poor housewives had only flour, olive oil, lard, cheese and herbs with which to feed their
families, so combining them in a tasty and delicious manner became the goal. All of Italy
proclaimed the Neapolitan pies to be the best.