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10 January 2007


Queen_margharitha_di_savoia_1 Sometimes elegance and simplicity go hand in hand.  Take the Margherita pizza:

When King Umberto I of Savoy and Queen Margherita visited Naples, they went to  Raffaele Esposito’s restaurant in the heart of Naples and ordered him to make pizzas for the whole Court. Raffaele Esposito made two typical pizzas:  the Marinara, created in 1800, and the Mastunicola, the oldest Neopolitan pizza which dates back to 1660.  His wife made a special pizza for Queen Margherita with tomato, oil and mozzarella. She then added basil to recall the Italian flag. Thus pizza Margherita was born in 1889 in the Italian Queen’s honor. (hat tip to Cafe Porta Alba of Madison, WI).

This most simple of pizzas is the perfect anecdote to the fast-food transmorgification of pizza into something wholly different (cough*CPK*cough).  However, to fully experience the beauty of Margherita, one must track down a wood-oven baked pizza.  And don't forget an easy-drinking glass of vino.  Two of my favorites are Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi or Montepulciano d'Abruzzo.


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Is she wearing one of your shirts? :-)

Sorry couldn't resist... English sense of humour and all that.


I wondered where that one shirt went...


We ordered the famous pizza margherita for appetiser and when it come to our table right out of the oven oh my god...the smell and the taste was unbelievable. I also have tried the chocolate pizza. it's nuttella inside pizza dough made-to-order.

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Sorry couldn't resist... English sense of humour and all that.

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