Pizza (Italian pronunciation: [’pittsa], from the Latin verb pìnsere, to press) is actually Greek in origin. The Ancient Greeks covered their bread
with oils, herbs and cheese. In Byzantine Greek, the word was spelled πίτα or pita, meaning pie. The Romans developed placenta, a sheet of dough
topped with cheese and honey and flavored with bay leaves.
Modern pizza originated in Italy as the Neapolitan pie with tomato. In 1889, cheese was added to the dish. In 1889, during a visit to Naples, Queen Margherita of Italy was served a pizza resembling the colors of the Italian flag, red (tomato), white (mozzarella) and green (basil). This kind of
pizza has been named after the Queen as Pizza Margherita.