Flat bread pizza took off when the tomato started being used as a topping. The tomato was brought to Europe from the Americas in the 16th century, it was believed by many to be poisonous. By the late 18th century, it was common for the poor in Naples to add tomato to their flat bread, and so the pizza began.
Back in the day (16th century) pizza was known as the dish for poor people they were sold outside in the street. Soon pizzas became a tourist attraction many tourists when visiting Naples roamed round the poorer areas of the city to track down the local speciality. It is a tradition many pizzerias keep to today by offering slices of Pizza wrapped in paper and a drink sold from either open shop fronts or from open-air stands outside the premises. Often baked in rectangular trays with a wide variety of toppings and sold by weight (pizza al taglio)
History goes that in June 1889, to celebrate the visit of King Umberto and in honour of Queen Margherita of Savoy, a Neapolitan pizza maker Raffaele Esposito created three different pizzas, the Queen’s favourite was a pizza garnished with tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, and basil, to represent the colours of the Italian flag. The pizza was named Pizza Margherita in her honour.
Regions in Italy make Pizza bases differently. The pizza bases in Naples are soft and pliable. In Rome they prefer a thin and crispy base.
The world’s largest pizza was made in South Africa in 1990, the pizza weighed 12.9 tons.