Although all of our pizzas have a deep rooted history in Naples, the Margherita style of Pizza Napoletana has a more specific story behind it. In 1889, Queen Margherita was with her husband inspecting their kingdom. One thing in that peaked her interest during their travels were large, flat pieces of bread which many members of the lower class ate. The peasants called this kind of bread by the name we have all come to know and love: pizza. The Queen very much enjoyed this food of the commoners, despite concerns and eyebrows it raised among the royal court. The Queen ordered that a baker named Raffaele Esposito make her a pizza. Honored by this opportunity, Esposito garnished the pizza with tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, and fresh basil to represent the colors of the Italian flag. Queen Margherita fell in love with the pizza, and word of her admiration for a food of the common people spread throughout Italy. This culinary connection brought her closer to her subjects and started a tradition of pizza that we all continue to enjoy.
Today, we make our fresh Margherita Pizza Napoletana the same way Esposito did: bufala mozzarella imported from Italy, fresh tomato, fresh basil, and extra virgin olive oil.