Queen Margherita of Savoy is buried in the Pantheon with her husband King Umberto 1. While visiting, we were told the story about her contribution to the famous "Margherita Pizza."
WHAT IS PIZZA MARGHERITA?
ItalyMagazine said: According to popular tradition, in 1889, 28 years after the unification of Italy, during a visit to Naples of Queen Margherita of Savoy, wife of King Umberto I, chef Raffaele Esposito of Pizzeria Brandi and his wife created a pizza resembling the colors of the Italian flag, red (tomato), white (mozzarella) and green (basil). They named it after the Queen - Pizza Margherita.
THE FULL LEGEND - (not proven according to BBC News)
Legend has it that the queen, while staying in Naples' Capodimonte Palace, got sick of French gourmet food that was the royal standard across Europe at the time.
She summoned the most famous pizza-maker in Naples, Raffaele Esposito, and had him bake her three pizzas in the palace kitchen.
She did not like the one with garlic (pizza marinara) or anchovies (pizza Napoli), but she loved the pizza with tomato sauce, mozzarella and a sprig of basil.
Esposito immediately named his invention after the queen - whose name was Margherita - and asked only to put the royal seal on his pizzeria.
ABOUT THE QUEEN -
Italy magazine provides the full story here: http://www.italymagazine.com/featured-story/pizza-margherita-history-and-recipe#sthash.oNUUfXJM.dpuf
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