Pizza is an Italian dish that came into existence in the 16th century. The pizza was also called as Pizza Margherita after the name of Italian Queen Margherita as she was a true lover of pizza. Pizza in short is a round bread often covered with tomato sauce and cheese. Other toppings depend on place, culture and taste. It can be made nutritious depending upon the use of toppings.
There are different varieties of pizza present all over world. Italian pizza generally made up of tomato, garlic, oregano and extra virgin olive oil. It is cooked in a wood-fired oven, giving pizza a unique taste. American pizza is very similar to Italians. It has a thick crust, topping of cheese and perhaps pepperoni and barbecued chicken. In India, it is a popular fast food. Here its taste contains a combination of western spirit and Indian soul. The most popular pizza toppings here are paneer, tandoori chicken and capsicum.
Today pizza industry is a huge industry of more than 30 Billion dollar in US alone. An interesting survey says that Americans eat around hundred acres of pizza daily. According to a recent study, children between the ages of 4 and 12 prefer pizza over all other food for lunch and dinner. India is also not lagging behind too much. It has a Rs. 475-crore industry growing at an annual rate of 50%.