Pizza: the food that brings people together
Our lives can be stressful because of our work, other duties, expectations, commuting, and a lot more. Let’s be honest though, while we all share these issues, there are some remedies that we share too. For instance, we can all agree on the positive effects of the hugs from a friend, or a sunny day, or a freshly baked pizza. And that’s exactly the topic of this article: pizza.
This glorious food has ancient origins, since, apparently, ancient Mediterranean populations used to eat variants of pizza. Among them, the ancient Greeks used to consume flat bread covered with oil, cheese and herbs. However, the authentic pizza we love to eat, according to legend, was invented in Naples by a Neapolitan pizzaiolo, who created the most popular pizza in the world in honour of Queen Margherita in 1889. With time pizza became more and more popular in Europe and North America, reaching the desirable spot of ultimate fast food – which, technically, you can also eat slowly!
But, let’s try to list some of the most remarkable traits that helped this outstanding food to be so appreciated – and chosen – by millions of people!
- It is delicious despite its simplicity.
Think about it. Pizza occupies a sweet spot in your heart even in its simplest version – with only cheese and tomato on top, to be clear.
- It can be served both as an appetizer and a main.
No need to explain this one. Just pass me some pizza.
- You can decide the amount of pizza to eat.
From a single slice to a whole pizza, you are in control of your eating habits.
- Everybody likes pizza.
Whether you are a vegetarian or not, an adult or a child, on a diet or not, there is a version of pizza you end up loving that suits your needs and preferences.
- It is perfect for parties.
Given its nature, pizza is one of the most sharable foods in the world, and therefore, perfect to be eaten by large groups of people.
- It makes your Saturday nights at home great.
Who said that you need a club or a pub to make your Saturday night epic? Indeed, your favourite pizza and your favourite movie are the perfect combo to make the most of your time home alone.
Dear Speak Up London students, if after reading this article you have an indescribable desire to order a pizza, you are not alone. We won’t stop you. Just remember in medio stat virtus – a.k.a. don’t eat too much pizza – and have fun celebrating this food, this symbol of unity. Buon Appetito!
Maria Chiara Strano