Did Pizza originate in Italy or was it China? If you research the origins of Pizza, you will find a variety of historical claims that pizza was invented in Italy. However, there is one such story that claims Marco Polo was responsible for bringing the concept of Pizza to Italy from China.
The story goes, during one of his many travels, Marco Polo visited China and fell in love with a baked scallion pancake made with dough using unleavened bread, oil and minced scallions. When Marco returned to Italy, he found a chef in Naples who was inspired by his culinary tale and decided to try his hand at replicating this obscure Chinese dish. After several attempts his efforts failed.
Marco had a creative idea and instructed the chef to place some ingredients on top of the dough before baking it. The result was a success! After a few creative adjustments to the new dish, including the addition of cheese, red sauce, mushrooms and a variety of ingredients, Italy became the proud parent of everyone’s favorite dish, pizza.
There is no real proof that this story is accurate since history has a way of adjusting it’s story to the tale-bearers liking. But regardless of where pizza actually originated, some form of this dish has become a beloved meal enjoyed in almost every part of the world.
The thing I love most about pizza is there are no hard and fast rules for making it. Since one of my daughters is a gluten-free eater and there are few pizza shops that offer gluten-free pizza crusts, I decided to make my own using some of my favorite ingredients. However, feel free to omit or change the herbs by using your favorite combination for a customized crust your family will love.
Finish it off with your favorite toppings or try my suggestions below for either my Roasted Chicken and Tomato pizza or if you like a little heat, try my Kimchi pizza. I’m guessing Marco Polo never would have guessed Kimchi would taste so good on pizza!
I hope you enjoy this recipe! If you’ve made it please share it with me by tagging @culinary.butterfly on Instagram or @culinarybutterfly on Pinterest, or by using the hashtag #culinarybutterfly on Facebook
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