We will probably never know who made the first pizza, but it is believed that well before the time of Christ, peasants from both the south of Greece and the north of Italy were baking round, flat bread dressed with oils, garlic and vegetables and leftover meat. A strip of crust was left ungarnished for easier handling without the need for eating utensils. Even traditional German culture contains a pizza like dish, which was designed to utilise left over ingredients at the end of the baking day.

The first pizzeria is thought to have opened in 1830 in Naples. By the end of that century, Naples had established itself as the pizza capital of the world. Since then, the Americans have become the greatest consumers of pizza and have since marketed pizza to the rest of the world. Pizza came to the USA by Neapolitan migrants, who found that the abundance of fresh produce more than made up for the different types of ingredients they had to use. A larger, American style pizza evolved. World War II US servicemen developed a taste for pizza (and other regional dishes like spaghetti and meatballs) in Italy and, once they returned home, helped escalate pizza’s popularity to the point that it has become a culinary staple. Described below are some of the more popular American styles of pizza.