From ancient times to today, pizza has long been a favorite food of people around the world. No one knows exactly who first invented pizza, but there were several foods common in the ancient world that could be the precursors of what we call pizza today. Flatbreads topped with oil, cheese, and whatever other ingredients were handy were a staple of many ancient cultures. So when you order Lowell pizza from Primo Pizza, you’re a part of history! That’s one way to elevate your easy dinner, isn’t it?
Let’s look at the origins of pizza and the cultures that led to what we call pizza today.
Pizza in the Ancient World
There are many instances of foods that look like pizza throughout ancient history and literature. Soldiers serving under Darius the Great used their shields as the first pizza pans. They baked flatbreads topped with cheese and dates on top of their shields while they were out in the field in the 6th century BC. For a more domesticated version, we look to ancient Greece, where citizens of many city-states ate flatbread flavored with cheese, herbs, onions, garlic, and other local ingredients. They called this creation plakous. Virgil describes a pizza-like food in the Aeneid. Aeneas and his men eat a hard flatbread topped with cooked vegetables, realizing that they are “eating their tables” as the Harpy queen foretold.
The Italians Kick It Up Notch
Technically, it was the Neapolitans, but Italy unified in 1861, so all Italians claim pizza as their own. You’ll have to go to Naples and ask the locals how they feel about that, but pizza as we know it is a decidedly Neapolitan (or Italian) invention. In the 1700s and early 1800s, the independent kingdom of Naples was a bustling waterfront city. Much of the population were poor working people called lazzaroni. These working people needed inexpensive food that they could eat quickly. Their solution was pizza, and the rest is history. Delicious, delicious history.
Get Delicious Lowell Pizza at Primo!
National Cheese Pizza Day is September 5th, so what better way to celebrate than by coming to Primo for some delicious Lowell pizza? We certainly can’t think of one. Whether you want a night out with the family or just don’t feel like cooking, you can’t go wrong with pizza from Primo.