Thatsa Good Pizza! [infographic]

April 18, 2011 |  by  |  Food

Dough, tomato sauce, and some cheese is all you need to make one of the most popular dishes in the United States of America, if not the world. Contrary to popular belief, pizza was not invented by the Italians. In fact, pizza has been around since the Neolithic time period, a time when it was still considered a food of the poor people. This contrasts today where even the finest restaurants serve “classy” pizza– for example California Pizza Kitchen which is an upscale restaurant when compared to something like Pizza Hut. The Ancient Greeks even had an early version of the pizza; they used to put oils, herbs, and cheese on their bread.

Before I forget, like us on FACEBOOK! I have heard of some pretty odd and interesting toppings on pizza here in the states, but none as weird as the toppings under the “Global Toppings” section of today’s infographic. As you may already know, Japan has a large fishing community and is famous for its sushi. However, the use of sea creatures does end there; if you ever find yourself in Japan you should try some squid on your pizza. Some other sea creatures you may find on your pizza in other countries include shrimp in Australia and eels in China. Amsterdam takes two of America’s favorite foods and adds them together by using hot dogs as a type of topping. This infographic is definitely worth your time. After all, the pizza industry is a 30 billion dollar industry. [via]

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Pizza Consumption

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  • Babymyria

    @The_Infographic not really fair just saying the italians didn’t invent in fact we did invent the recipe we do use now…who cares about neolitic pizza?And bread with oil is no pizza at all..
    Also to cook a real pizza you don’t need simple cheese,but mozzarella cheese that’s definitely an italian product.

  • Babymyria

    Just a brief history of Pizza for the ones who just remembered to omit it in the intro….. :)
    (I love your daily work guys, but not this time…)

    Pizza is a type of bread and dish that has existed since time immemorial in Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cuisine.
    By 997 the term had appeared in Medieval Latin, and in 16th century Naples a Galette flatbread was referred to as a pizza.
    A dish of the poor people, it was sold in the street and was not considered a kitchen recipe for a long time. Before the 17th century, the pizza was covered with white sauce.
    This was later replaced by oil, cheese, tomatoes (after Europeans came into contact with the Americas) or fish. In 1843, Alexandre Dumas, père described the diversity of pizza toppings.
    In June 1889, to honor the Queen consort of Italy, Margherita of Savoy, the Neapolitan chef Raffaele Esposito created the “Pizza Margherita,” a pizza garnished with tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, and basil, to represent the colors of the Italian flag.
    He was the first to add cheese.
    The sequence through which flavored flatbreads of the ancient and medieval Mediterranean became the dish popularized in the 20th century is not fully understood.

    Foods similar to pizza have been prepared since the Neolithic age: in Sardinia, French and Italian archeologists have found a kind of bread baked over 3,000 years ago. According to Professor Philippe Marinval, the local islanders leavened this bread.

    Now guess where Sardinia is, and enjoy your Neolithic pizza! ;)

  • Luca Di Palma

    …I know this proverb: “there always will be eskimos ready to teach congo’s inhabitants how to live in dryness”

  • Roy Goldstein

    Tasty sauce defines great tasting pizza. Worked in pizzeria for a few years !

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