Brooklyn Pizza Works and Italian Restaurant - Serving Placentia, Yorba Linda, Brea, Fullerton, & Other Orange County Cities.

Brooklyn Pizza Works and Italian Restaurant - Placentia, Yorba Linda, Fullerton, and Orange County
Brooklyn Pizza Works and Italian Restaurant - Placentia, Yorba Linda, Fullerton, and Orange County

Phone: 714-524-1260 Fax: 714-524-1267
1235 East Imperial Highway
Placentia, CA 92870-1718


Brooklyn Pizza Works and Italian Restaurant - Serving Placentia, Yorba Linda, Brea, Fullerton, & Other Orange County Cities.
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Pizza's History

A Meal with a Plate Made of Bread

Pizza was considered a peasant's meal in Italy for centuries.  Modern Pizza is believed to have been invented to Raffaele Esposito a baker in Napes aski (Napoli), in the Campania region of Italy. 

According to published reports,  in 1889 Esposito of Pizzeria di Pietro (now called Pizzeria Brandi) baked pizza especially for the visit of Italian King Umberto I and Queen Margherita.  One of these pizzas embellished the classic pizza alla marinara with mozzarella and basil. 

According to historians this pizza was said to be very patriotic and because it "resembled the Italian flag" with its colors of green (basil), white (mozzarella), and red (tomatoes), and was favored by the Queen.  

This pizza was named Pizza Margherita after the Queen of is believed to be the origin of the pizza we have today.  Many believe it also establishes Naples as the pizza capitol of the world. If you visit Europe you'll find that what we call a Cheese Pizza is commonly referred to as a Marghertia Pizza.  

In 1830 what is believed to be "the world's first true pizzeria," Antica Pizzeria Port' Alba, opened.  This pizzeria is still in business today at Via Port'Alba 18 in Naples! 

The general consensus is that the most authentic pizza is Pizza Napoletana (Neapolitan Pizza) made with fresh mozzarella, home-made sauce from fresh vine ripened tomatoes and fresh herbs, and the artistry of the pizzaioli, the pizza makers.

Truly great pizza dough is made only with flour, natural yeast or brewers yeast, salt and water. It must be kneaded by hand or mixers which do not cause the dough to overheat, and the dough must be punched down and shaped by hand. 

The Original Pizza Was Probably not Italian

Pizza is basically a meal prepared in a plate made of bread.  This idea actually dates back to the 16 century Greeks who eat flat round bread (plankutos) backed with an assortment of toppings.  

Tomatoes, which was originally thought to be a poisonous ornamental plant, came from Italy to Mexico and from Peru to Spain.

True mozzarella is actually made from the milk of the water buffalo and was imported from India in the 7th century.  It was not widely available as a cheese product in Southern Italy and Campania until the second half of the eighteenth century. 

Pizza migrated to America with Italian immigrants in the latter half of the 19th century. By the turn of the century, Italians had begun to open their own bakeries and were selling groceries as well as pizza. Gennaro Lombardi opened the first true U.S. pizzeria in 1905 in New York City at 53 1/3 Spring Street (Lombardi's is reopened today at 32 Spring Street). 

But it wasn't until after World War II when returning GI's created a nationwide demand for the pizza they had eaten and loved in Italy that pizza went public.

In the 1950's packaged pizzas to prepare at home from Chef Boyardee hit the market and Pizza Hut, Shakeys, and other mass production pizza parlors appeared greatly expanding the market for pizza.  Today, pizza is consistently within the top 3 foods eaten by Americans and a staple of the American diet. Pizza consumption in the United States is staggering.  It's estimated that Americans eat approximately 150 acres of pizza each day, or about 400 slices per second.  The pizza industry is estimated to gross more than $35 billion annually.

There are four main components of a basic pizza pie.

1. Crust
2. Sauce
3. Cheese
4. Toppings

These four basic pizza components should be in balance; contrary to popular belief, too much cheese does not make a better pizza. Besides good quality cheese in the right proportion, a good crust is also crucial. According to pizza connoisseur, imperfections with the sauce or cheese will be overlooked if the crust is exceptional. 

If you thought there was lots of ways to prepare potatoes or eggs, Pizza has even may variations.  Pizza is a perfect dish for improvisation.  For example these days it's not just limited to the traditional flat round Neapolitan type. There are also deep-dish pizzas, stuffed pizzas, stuffed crust pizzas, pizza pockets, pizza turnovers, rolled pizzas, pizza-on-a-stick, pizza wraps, toaster pizzas, grilled pizzas, etc.  

The only limit on types of pizza with all those combinations of sauce, cheese, and toppings seems to be one's creativity.   

However, the best pizza still comes from the individual pizzaiolo, like Brooklyn Pizza Works and Italian Restaurant, who prepares yeast dough and ingredients daily and carefully heats the oven before baking the first pizza. 

So drop into Brooklyn Pizza Works and Italian Restaurant for some award winning Pizza Napoletana from their top notch pizzaiolos.  Or try your hand at preparing and baking your own.  If you wish, be creative.  But, PLEASE, don't make one of those silly English Muffin or desert pizzas (smile).

For More Information Contact:

Brooklyn Pizza Works and Italian Restaurant
1235 East Imperial Highway
Placentia, CA 92870-1718

Phone: 714-524-1260
Fax: 714-524-1267

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