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Happy (Drama) Queen Margherita Day!

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Here we go again with another Pizza Margherita Day. That’s right, today is (sort of) the 129th birthday of the Pizza Margherita. That’s the fancy looking pie that has milky fresh mozzarella, vibrant crushed tomato, and punches of fresh basil leaf. I found out about it a few years ago when I noticed the date on a famous letter allegedly written by Gali Camillo, Head of Kitchen Staff for Queen Margherita of Savoy, royal consort to King Umberto I. The date was June 11, 1889 and it excited me because I love pizza and I love parties, so knowing the date on an extremely important piece of pizza history seemed like a dream. This was a real concrete date I could celebrate EVERY SINGLE YEAR! Apparently I wasn’t the only one who cared about this date, because it turned out plenty of people had mentioned it in various blog posts and articles.

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The legend of the pizza Margherita holds that Margherita of Savoy visited Naples and wanted to eat like the peasants, so she ordered a local pizzaiolo to make the dish and he crafted one representing the colors of the Italian flag. White mozzarella, red tomato, and green basil. Wonderful. She loved it, so he named it after her. There are plenty of flourishes to the story, but I’m not dealing with those today. If you look back at my blog on June 11 every year for the past 8 or so, there’s always a retelling of the pizza Margherita story and it’s ALWAYS CHANGING!

As it turns out, the famous letter (still hanging at the pizzeria that claims to have been the setting for the event, Pizzeria Brandi) is most likely a fraud. For the full account, check out my last …read more

Source:: Scott Pizza Tours