Today you can have meals turn up to your doorstep with the flick of the wrist and touch of your favorite delivery app. But that was not always the case, for centuries humans had to venture out into the wilderness and danger to find our next meal. It all changed in 1889 when the first pizza was delivered, it is actually like much of human history, a political story.
While many disputes and argue about if the pizza was invented in Naples, no one can deny that the town made it famous. Pizza is cheap to make and easy to prepare, which is why it became an instant favorite. Which is why many of the Italian nobles called pizza disgusting and food for the poor.
You see Italy only unified in the late 19th century, which brought together towns and regions and spread their local foods around the nation. Everything you think of as famous Italian food such as Lasagna or cannoli, really only became famous at this time in Italian history. Which is why Naples pizza was not popular outside of the city. All this changed when they were visited by the King and Queen of Italy in 1889.
The legend has it that Queen Margherita was growing tired of her nobly and royal duties she felt the food was becoming boring. The fancy meals found in Italian royal life were usually inspired by the French and did not really contain much Italian culture. So one night she demanded a meal that was fit for a commoner, to find out what the local cuisine was like.
Brandi Raffaele Esposito was summoned, at the time he was Naples’s most famous pizza chef. He cooked up three different types of pizzas with his wife, one he even made it look like the Italian flag using mozzarella, green basil, and tomatoes. Once cooked he rushed them over to the Queen himself, which was undoubtedly the first-ever pizza delivery in the history of mankind.
Queen Margherita de Savoy on biting into the new Italian flag colored pizza immediately uttered that it was the most delicious thing she had ever tasted. One of those moments in time where you can truly say the phrase: the rest, they say, is history.