Did Rome invent pizza?

The history of pizza, or a flatbread style dough, can be traced back to the 17th century. However, by the late 18th century, tomato was added to flatbread and what we now know as pizza was invented. In the 1830s, pizza was sold in open-air stands in Naples, Italy and was considered cheap fare for the working class. Antica Pizzeria Port'Alba in Naples is widely regarded as the city's first pizzeria.

Naples was also home to the first Margherita pizza. Legend has it that King Umberto I and Queen Margherita of Savoy requested pizzas from a local pizzeria. The Queen's favorite was the pizza featuring basil leaves, mozzarella, and tomatoes. It's believed the pizza was thus named after Queen Margherita.

Pizza eventually entered America after World War II when American soldiers stationed in Italy returned home. One of those soldiers eventually created the very first gas-fired pizza oven. After the invention of the pizza oven, pizzerias began opening up across the country and quickly became a favorite food among Americans.