Monday, December 13, 2010

It's Pizza Margherita, not pizza margarita. Here's Why...

In Italy, it's Pizza Margherita.  Most often, the rest of the world incorrectly names it after the drink, pizza margarita. 

In fact, it is one of the earliest incarnation of the pizza as we know it.  For centuries, in all corners of the world, mankind has been topping and flavoring bread.  But it was the introduction of tomatoes from the Americas in the 1500's and the addition of cheese, not until the late 1800's that the modern pizza was born.

Here's the story...

In June 1889, to honor the Queen consort of Italy, Margherita of Savoy, the Neapolitan chef Raffaele Esposito created the "Pizza Margherita," a pizza garnished with tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, and basil, to represent the colors of the Italian flag. He was the first baker ever to add cheese.  So thank you Naples, Italians, Chef Esposito and my sincere apologies for calling your well thought out and constructed bread after a tequila drink.

So from now on, I will order a margarita to go with my pizza Margherita and toast to the pizza geniuses of yesteryear!

Do you see the Italian Flag in this...

Viva Italiano 

And a Pizza Margherita is very easy to make (and among the most flavorful).

Crust (pre-made or make your own)
Tomatoes thinly sliced
Mozzarella cheese (grated)
Fresh Basil (cut into strips)
a few splashes of Olive Oil
a sprinkling of fresh herbs such as Oregano, Chives, Thyme, whatever you like.
(I use my own mix of "Not Your Grandmother's Herbes de Provence")
  • Preheat oven and pizza stone (or heavy baking sheet) to 450 degrees for at least 30 minutes.
  • Roll your crust out on parchment paper to your likeness... Thin, Chewy or thick like a bread.
  • Brush Olive oil around the edges to get a beautiful Golden Brown and Delicious looking crust.
  • Line up the tomato slices so that they are almost touching each other.
  • Top with Mozzarella.  be careful to leave some of the tomatoes showing so the pizza has that beautiful look.
  • Sprinkle herbs over the cheese.
  • Bake for 10-12 minutes until the cheese starts to bubble and get that baked color.
  • top with the Basil strips and serve!



  1. We've only recently discovered pizza Margherita, and it quickly became a favorite, especially when we had fresh from the garden maters.

  2. I definitely want this and soon, with or without a margarita. Okay, preferably with :)

  3. Pizza Margherita is a fabulous style pizza. Simple and delicious.

    Happy Holidays to you and your family.


  4. Pizza Margherita is one of my favorite kinds of pizza. Lovely job!

  5. Love this post! The pizza looks fabulous and sounds incredible! There is absolutely nothing better than a homemade pizza, I'm convinced of that.
    Thank you for sharing such a scrumptious recipe!

  6. This is my favorite summer pizza, especially when I've hand picked the basil and tomatoes myself.

  7. You make the most awesome pizza! This looks wonderful and is so simple for those nights when there isn't a lot of time.

  8. This is my favorite pizza of all time... homemade or at a pizza place!

  9. I used to call it margarita and found out it's wrong =P