The ancestor of pizza is the focaccia, which was very popular in Roman times. They cooked
cakes of farro (spelt), a typical wheat often used by the Romans. In fact, the word “farina”
(flour) was derived from the word farro (spelt). The Romans took the farro and ground it to
powder from which the libum (flatbread) was made. It is believed that the word pizza, was
derived from the Latin word “pinsa”, past participle of the verb pinsére, which means to crush,
grind, or mash.
no one in
of the world, that pizza reached its perfection in
kinds of pizza toppings, the original is the Neapolitan pizza which was created after the 18th century
when tomatoes were imported from
has earned its authorship even if non-Neapolitans may be uncertain of its origin.
and “Il Forno” (the pizza oven). No pizzaiolo can create a great pizza without “Il Forno’. The first ancient
forms of the forno originated in ancient
The ancient Greeks inherited from the Egyptians the art of building ovens and perfected the dome to
evolve to become a unique chamber. The Romans learned from the Greeks and perfected to build ovens
which consisted of arched interior surrounded by a hollow cavity that acted as a thermal insulator. From
ancient times until present day, there were many variations in the art of building ovens.
ovens are imported from
for restaurants, pizza shops and even pizza affectionatos. It was like being transported to
Above are some pictures of the kind of pizza these Marra ovens can bake in merely 2-3 minutes. Other foods such as fish, meats, and breads can also be cooked in these ovens. For many years, I have made lots of pizzas in my cooking classes and in my home, none can compare to the texture and taste of the pizzas made from these ovens today.