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Louisville, KY 40202

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A Pizza is Worth a Thousand Words

In this man’s opinion, pizza is worth a thousand words.  According to statistics it is worth 37 billion dollars a year in the United States.  It is said that the average American consumes around 23 pounds of pizza per year. I, never one to be average, like to think I consume more than that.

Pizza is my absolute favorite food (barely edging out the sandwich).  It is a trans-meal staple crossing the boundaries of breakfast, lunch, dinner and, more often than not, late night snack.  When I started working at Garage Bar I thought my years of prayers had been answered.  I finally worked at a pizza joint.  Work just seems a little sweeter with an 850 degree Stefano Ferrara oven simmering in the background.  I worried that I would grow bored, or even worse, sick of it. But, no, it has only strengthened my love and made me more interested in the ins and outs of the food I’ve loved since childhood.

Recently I was listening to one of my favorite podcasts, “Stuff You Should Know” on, and when searching for a new episode I came across this one on our dear friend, the pizza.  While I’ve eaten it at least once a week since the development of my adult teeth, I really didn’t know much about it from a historical standpoint.  In this podcast there are so many interesting facts and figures to consider, one of my favorites being how the Margherita pizza got its name.  In the late 1800’s Queen Margherita and King Umberto I of Italy were touring around their nation. Pizza at this point, due to it’s ease and cheap price, was mostly a peasant food.  Queen Margherita saw all of the townspeople across Italy eating the stuff by the handful and had to try it for herself.  She fell in love with it, so much in fact that she called Chef Rafaelle Esposito to the palace to make pizza specificaly for her and the King.  Chef Rafaelle created many pies in Her Majesty’s honor, her favorite being one he fashioned with tomato sauce, basil and cheese as a tribute to the Italian flag. Thus the Margherita pizza was born. Click here to let Josh and Charles tell you the rest…