Food - Drink
The Classic Pizza Type King Charles Prefers
By KAREN HART
Believe it or not, pizza and its popularity has a deep connection to royalty. According to History Today, pizza didn’t take off until the 18th century, but it was still considered a peasant food until a certain Italian king and queen gave their approval to one special pie — a pie that is the favorite of King Charles III of England today.
Per History Today, when King Umberto I and Queen Margherita visited Naples in 1889, local pizza maker Raffaele Esposito made three pizzas for the royals. Queen Margherita’s favorite pie was topped with tomatoes, mozzarella, and basil, so the now-famous, ultra-classic Italian pie was named pizza margherita.
Today, margherita is King Charles' go-to pizza topping combo. In 2019, during a visit to St. Boswells in Scotland, the royal received a pizza from one of his fans, and the fan later told a media outlet that after he revealed the pizza was a margherita, the then-Prince Charles smiled and said, “It’s my favorite.”