Where Does Pizza Margherita Come From?
Pizzeria Brandi: The Birthplace of the Pizza Margherita in Naples
Nestled on the corner of Via Chiaia and Salita S. Anna di Palazzo and a 3-min walk from the breathtaking Piazza del Plebiscito, Pizzeria Brandi is famed all over the world for its tradition, exquisite food, and never-forgotten mark on history with the invention of the Pizza Margherita in June 1889. Check out our tour of Pizzeria Brandi here.
Still owned by the Brandi family and with over 250 years of history, “It’s older than the USA!” says co- owner, Eduardo Brandi, who runs the pizzeria with his brother Paolo.
History of the Pizza Margherita
What started as a meal meant to stretch as far as possible for the poor people of Naples, has been transformed into an icon loved by everyone in the entire world.
Pizzeria Brandi itself was born under the Bourbon Reforms in 1780. The rulers of TheHouse of Savoy(Italian: Casa Savoia) were in Naples for the rehabilitation of the city and Queen Margherita of Savoy wanted to taste the most well-known yet humble dishes in Naples to truly connect with the city and her people.
The Queen called upon the most well-known pizza chef who, at the time, was Raffaele Esposito, the husband of Maria Giovanna Brandi (spoiler) who owned the original Pizzeria Brandi restaurant. Raffaele gathered all the ingredients needed to make three pizzas. One with white lard, the famous Mastunicola, the second a classic marinara pizza with anchovies, and the third was one that Raffaele invented there – a pizza with the colors of the flag – white Mozzarella, red tomato, and green basil.
Queen Margherita absolutely loved this pizza and when she asked him what it was called, he answered, “If you allow, the Margherita, her majesty” and so it was!
Truth VS Myth Behind the Official Pizza Margherita History
This is the official story. It is certified by the document that the Brandi family owns that on June of 1889, Pizza Margherita was officially born. The document was released by the “Ufficio Di Bocca” of the royal House of Savoy certifying that the Queen liked the “Margherita” pizza made by Raffaele Esposito Brandi.
The Original Pizza Margherita in Naples
When in Naples – Pizzeria Brandi
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