Margherita pizza (known in the USA simply as cheese pizza) is one of the simplest and yummiest pizzas out there. It’s got dough, tomato sauce, mozzarella, a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil, and a few basil leaves. That’s it.
Personally, it’s the pizza I most often get myself. Sometimes I try other “fancier” pizzas, but I always think “Hmm. That was good, but it wasn’t a Margherita.” Then I feel unsatisfied until the next time I get a pizza and I appease my taste buds with a good ol’ Margherita.
The Margherita pizza gets its name from Queen Margherita of Savoy who was Queen in Italy from 1878 to 1900. Queen Margherita and King Umberto went for a visit to Naples, which is the birthplace of pizza (something that Neapolitan people are quite proud of). A special pizza was made for her visit, aptly called Pizza Margherita. This pizza quickly became popular and has stood the test of time as the “classic” pizza.
Take a quick look at the photo of the Margherita pizza at the top of this blog post. Go ahead. Can you guess why this pizza was made for the Queen? Look at the colors.
The Margherita pizza displays all three colors of the Italian flag: red – tomatoes, white – mozzarella cheese, and green – basil. Patriotism never tasted to good!
If we wanted to do the same thing for the American flag and create an… oh, I don’t know…. Obama pizza … we already have two of the colors taken care of with the tomato sauce and mozzarella, but what could we use for blue? Blueberries? Cotton candy? Blue raspberry Starbursts?
On second thought, maybe it’s best to leave the patriotic pizzas to the Italians.