Pizza, in our modern sense of tomato-sauce and cheese, dates back to late 18th century Italy, when the poor of Naples began to add the red fruit from the Americas and a little mozzarella to their flat breads. This new culinary creation became an object of tourism, with many affluent members of European society braving the slums of Naples just to taste it.
This history of pizza is far from how it stands today. It can be delivered to your door in under half an hour or frozen solid until ready to bake. But from all this convenience does not come quality.
Yet, good pizza is simple to make.
Combine 4 cups of bread flour, 1 teaspoon of sugar, 2 teaspoon of salt, and 1 tablespoon of yeast. Mix and add 1.5 cups of warm water and 2 tablespoons of olive-oil. Knead into a ball and let rise. Then shape the dough, add sauce, cheese, and toppings. Bake at 350° F for 15 minutes.
Eat pizza only where it is made fresh. And if you aren’t sure, make it yourself.