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*piz'za,
n. (It.) - A baked pie from Italy made from a shallow bread-like crust covered with seasoned tomato sauce, cheese, and often other toppings, such as meat or olives. 

Wow, here's your chance to write your own definition of *piz'za! Remember, Pizza is perfect for a quick and easy meal or snack which today is not limited to the flat round type. It's also deep-dish, stuffed crust pizza, pizza pockets, pizza turnovers, rolled pizza, pizza-on-a-stick, pizza strudel, pizza wrap and on and on. All with combinations of sauce, cheese and toppings that have no end! However, the best pizza still comes from the individual pizza maker, the pizzaiolo, who creates his own pizza. So, discover the fun of making your very own pizza!

It's impossible to date the first pizza, since it was never made as such, but rather evolved over thousands of years. Considered a peasant's meal in Italy for centuries, modern pizza is attributed to Raffaele Esposito of Napoli (Naples). In 1889, Esposito baked pizza especially for the visit of Italian King Umberto I and Queen Margherita. He covered the humble rounds of dough with tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese and basil. The pizza was very patriotic and resembled the Italian flag with its colors of green (basil), white (mozzarella), and red (tomatoes), and was favored by the Queen. This pizza was named Pizza Margherita. Now Naples is known as the pizza capitol of the world. In 1830 the world's first true pizzeria, Antica Pizzeria Port' Alba, opened and is still in business today in Naples! However, the first pizzeria in America didn't open until 1905 on Spring Street in Manhattan - that's 75 years later!

 
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