Pizza was first documented in 997 AD in Gaeta, Italy, and successively in different parts of Central and Southern Italy.
The precursor of pizza was probably the focaccia, a flat bread known to the Romans as panis focacius, to which toppings were then added.
pizza wouldn’t become invented until around the 18th century. This is when some of the citizens of Naples Italy began to create flat bread dishes covered in garlic, basil, cheese and eventually tomatoes.
During the nineteenth century, Italian immigrants began to bring this dish home to the United States. However, it really wouldn’t become popular until the service men returning from World War II returned home after developing a taste for it in Italy. This is when the pizza market in the U.S exploded and made pizza one of the most popular foods in America.
International Pizza Challenge
International Pizza Challenge has evolved and grown in stature and prize money to become the best pizza-making competition in North America. There are now five divisions in the pizza bake-off attracting approximately 200 pizzaioli. They bake a pie from their pizza menu on the spot at Pizza Expo and present it to a panel of judges, with cash prizes and plaques going to the winners. The five divisions include Traditional, Non-Traditional, Pan, Pizza Napoletana and Roman.