So THAT’S Why We Call It Pizza ‘Margherita’

Have you ever ordered a pizza Margherita and wondered why it’s even called that?

Before you even question its name, it’s possible that, if you’re American, you don’t even know what pizza Margherita is in the first place.( If you do, we apologize for the condescension and hope you forgive us .) There’s a lot of embarrassment about the distinction between cheese pizza, plain pizza and Margherita pizza.

According to the book Pizzapedia by Dan Bransfield, the Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana distinguishes three types of genuine Neapolitan pizzas, one being pizza Margherita. It’s defined as being “made with tomato, sliced mozzarella, basil and extra-virgin olive oil.” It’s a pared-down, more flavorful version of what Americans think of as cheese pizza, and it looks like this 😛 TAGEND

Boston Globe via Getty Images A Margherita pizza in its full glory.

So how did it get its name? The most widespread — though not undisputed — faith is demonstrated that Margherita of Savoy, onetime queen consort of Italy, was visiting Naples with her husband, King Umberto I( who happened to be her first cousin ), in June 1889. This came on the heels of the unification of northern and southern Italy, and southern Italy was in need of a morale boost after its loss of independence.

Enter Queen Margherita and her appetite.

Legend has it that the queen tired of the gourmet French food she’d been served on the journey, and asked the most famous pizzamaker in Naples, Raffaele Esposito of Pizzeria Brandi, to attain her pizza.

The story runs that the pizza she liked best was constructed with mozzarella, tomatoes and basil, which just happened to represent the three colors of the Italian flag. Convenient, huh? Esposito named the dish after Queen Margherita, and the rest is disputed history.

An alternate theory revolves around the fact that the word margherita translates to “daisy” in Italian, so some indicate the pizza got its name from the daisy-shaped arranging of mozzarella and basil on top of the pizza.

No matter how you slice it, pizza Margherita is delicious. If you can’t get some from your local pizzeria, attain yourself a pie. We’ve got 29 different recipes.

1 Pizza Margherita

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2 White Pizza With Spinach And Bacon

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3 Pesto Pizza With Fresh Tomatoes And Mozzarella

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4 Cheesy Fontina Caramelized Onion, Chorizo, Spinach And Artichoke Pizza

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5 Buffalo Chicken Pizza

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6 Meat Lovers Pizza

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7 Mushroom, Asparagus And White Burrata Cheese Pizza With Balsamic Drizzle

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8 Spinach And Ricotta Pizza

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9 BBQ Brussels Sprout Pizza

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10 Chicken Tzatziki Pizza

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11 Pizza Sorrentina

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12 Chipotle Cajun Shrimp And Guacamole Pizza

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13 Marinated Kale And Whipped Ricotta Pizza

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14 Maple Apples, Blue Cheese And Bacon Pizza

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15 Sun-Dried Tomato And Olive Pesto Pizza With Salami

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16 Cast Iron Skillet Brussels Sprouts Bacon Pizza

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17 Toasted Walnut Pesto And Caramelized Nectarine Pizza

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18 Meyer Lemon Pizza

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19 Sweet’ n’ Spicy Roasted Butternut Squash Pizza

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20 Berry With Arugula And Prosciutto Pizza

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21 Burrata Caramelized Onion And Prosciutto Pizza

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22 Bacon, Egg And Asparagus Personal Pizzas

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23 Red Potato, Sausage And Rosemary Fontina Pizza

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24 Pulled Pork Pizza With Maple Leeks, Roasted Garlic And Aged Cheddar

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25 Chipotle BBQ And Sweet Chili Pineapple

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26 Spinach Artichoke Chicken Pizza

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27 Crispy Shredded Sprouts And Cider Short Rib Pizza

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28 Thin Crust Pizza

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