Topped pizza cooked in wood fired oven
wood fired pizza oven used by Salted Orange

Italy |The Birthplace of Pizza

Originally founded in Naples which was a bustling and waterfront city in the 1700s and early 1800s. Many people lived outdoors and most were named the working poor or ‘lazzaroni’. Neapolitans like these relied upon cheap street food that could be served quickly, and the ‘pizza’ of the time did the trick. Back then, they were flatbreads with a variety of toppings that are still well-loved today such as; tomatoes, cheese, oil, anchovies, and garlic. These were sold by street vendors or informal restaurants in the city.

However, at the time, flatbreads were not only consumed by the lazzaroni, in fact the ancient Egyptians, Romans and Greeks were also in on the action. The Greeks created the shape and started using ovens instead of open flames. The Romans improved upon this but it was really the Neapolitans that brought it to fame and added mozzarella. Queen Margherita – yes that’s real – fuelled the craze and installed an oven so that her and her husband could enjoy pizza whenever they liked. Despite this, beyond the borders of Naples, pizza remained little known until the 1940s!

United States | A Trend Setter

Immigrants from Naples to the US in the 1900s, replicated their crusty pizzas in New York and other American cities such as Chicago. Relatively quickly, the aromas and flavours of began to intrigue non-Neapolitans and non-Italians. The first known United States pizzeria was in Manhattan, opening to sell pizza in 1905. Previously, the dish was homemade or sold by unlicensed street vendors.

The design evolved from coarse grains to a wheat-based white flour dough. Additional Greek contributions included the use of ovens, instead of open fires, and the development of kneading, which produced a more digestible bread.

There are now many types of pizza. Neapolitan-style, for example, can be found in many places in Italy, as can Pizza alla Romana.

Authentic Taste Perfect for Outdoor Events

After creating the perfect recipe, Salted Orange invested in the Blistering pizza oven. With this, authentic tasting and looking pizzas can be created, freshly cooked at your event with your choice of toppings. Perfect for outdoor events, adding a bit of theatre and anticipation. You will find these delicious pizzas prepared at the Lincolnshire Food and Gift Fair on the first week of December and the Lincoln Christmas Market from Thursday 7th to Sunday 10th December. Click here to find out more about hiring SO Pizza for your event.