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The incredible history of Pizza Margherita

Needless to say, if someone says: “pizza" it is as if they were actually saying the word: "Italy". This dish is a real symbol of the Italian cultural and culinary heritage, and every year new combinations and ingredients tickle even more the palate of many pizza lovers.
Considered as the ultimate Italian dish, the pizza recipe is now known all over the world, but it has distant and sometimes controversial roots. Several cities try to win the honor of being the first creators of this typical dish, but what matters today more than anything else is the taste. In order to really understand the essence of it, there is only one thing to do: taste the “founder” of this long culinary tradition: the Pizza Margherita.

How was the Pizza Margherita born?

Let’s start from what is certain: the pizza margherita is a typical Neapolitan pizza seasoned only with tomato, mozzarella, basil, salt and oil. Nothing more. But who had the idea to use these ingredients? And why?
There aren’t any certain sources, but one of the most common beliefs is that Pizza Margherita was designed to honor the Queen of Italy, Margherita of Savoia. An extraordinary, elegant, and provocative woman who loved to travel, she even stayed at the Royal Hotel Sanremo once.
The chef Raffaele Esposito of Pizzeria Brandi in Naples had the idea of dedicating her a pizza. The purpose was twofold: to pay homage to the Queen using ingredients that recreated the colors of the Italian flag, but also to make pizza known outside the Neapolitan environment as a savory food since, normally, this word was used to indicate sweet cakes.
The success of Pizza Margherita was incredible. In its simplicity these flavors had hit the nail on the head, and besides what is true or false about its origins, one thing is certain: this pizza has become one of the most famous in the world, and holds high the flag of Italy for over 100 years.

The perfect location to savor this delicacy

We know that just by reading your mouth has started watering, and certain pleasures must always be satisfied.
In order to eat a tasty Pizza Margherita that also respect the tradition and has a touch of royalty, the best place is Restaurant Corallina at the Royal Hotel Sanremo. Savoring this dish right where Queen Margherita stayed for her vacation, will make this experience even more precious.

A unique taste

The taste and the history of Pizza Margherita are unmistakable. They are like a warm refuge for all Italians when they go abroad, and a pleasant meeting with foreigners who taste these ingredients together for the first time.
Try the experience of ordering a Pizza Margherita at the Corallina Restaurant (open from July to August all day, and for lunch in September), you can't afford not to!

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