by Michal Mesko (April 22, 2004)
Specific purpose: To inform my audience about history of pizza and how it became so popular.
Central idea: Pizza, formerly a poor man’s food, became a worldwide multibillion business.
A. Do you know what a poor man’s food some 200 years ago was? You probably don’t know. Let me give you another advice: it is a $32 billion per year business today. You still have no idea? And if I tell you that it’s Joey’s from Friends most favorite food? Hey, come on! I bet most of you LOVE pizza!
B. Over the past 50 years, pizza has by far become worldwide favorite food, especially in America.
C. The true origins of this fine cuisine are as colorful as any good pizza with plenty of toppings.
D. In my speech, I will tell you something about history of pizza, how it became so popular, presence of pizza, warm relationship of Americans to pizza and also some interesting facts and Guinness records relating pizza.
I. Pre-pizza Epoch (History of Pizza)
A. Pizza is not an Italian invention, as is widely thought.
1. Origins of pizza go far back to the ancient times. “Ancestors” of pizza was Babylonian and Egyptian flat un-leaven bread, called “pita”.
2. Later on, Greeks and Romans were eating the bread, topped with vegetables, olive oil and native spices – but without tomatoes. Pita is still common in Greece today.
3. There are several opinions about an etymology of the word “pizza”; the most common is that it came from Latin “picea”, which describes the blackening of the crust cause by the fire underneath.
B. Pizza became widely popular in 1889 because of the Queen Margherita.
1. Originally, pizza was a poor man’s food.
2. In 1889, Italian King Umberto I and Queen Margherita gave visit to Naples. They saw many peasants eating large, flat bread.
3. The Queen loved the bread, but it...