Hastily summoned to prepare some local specialities for the queen, the pizzaiolo Raffaele Esposito cooked three sorts of pizza: one with lard, caciocavallo and basil; another with cecenielli; and a third with tomatoes, mozzarella and basil. The queen was delighted. Her favourite – the last of the three – was christened pizza margherita in her honour.
My favourite thing I learned this week was from A History of Pizza. I would have guessed that pizza started off as food for those living in poverty, but I never knew that it only gained popularity throughout Italy, and then the world, after a tomato, mozzarella and basil topped pizza was served to Queen Margherita.