Today is the 123rd anniversary of the naming of Pizza Margherita. In a letter dated 11 June, 1889 the Italian “Department of the Mouth” issued a letter on behalf of her majesty Queen Margherita, consort of King Umberto I, to thank Raphaele Esposito for presenting “three quality pizzas.” Legend has it the queen’s favorite was a pizza with mozzarella, tomato and basil — a pizza featuring the freshest seasonal ingredients. This dish now carries the queen’s name and helped pull pizza out of the slums and into the mainstream.

Today is the 123rd anniversary of the naming of Pizza Margherita. In a letter dated 11 June, 1889 the Italian “Department of the Mouth” issued a letter on behalf of her majesty Queen Margherita, consort of King Umberto I, to thank Raphaele Esposito for presenting “three quality pizzas.” Legend has it the queen’s favorite was a pizza with mozzarella, tomato and basil — a pizza featuring the freshest seasonal ingredients. This dish now carries the queen’s name and helped pull pizza out of the slums and into the mainstream.

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