Most people probably know that pizza, now an international culinary sensation which can be found almost anywhere on earth, started in Naples, Italy. In Naples and the rest of Italy, there are very strict rules governing the exact, correct way to make a pizza, but in many other parts of the world pizza has taken on countless new exotic and unusual flavors and ingredients. A good example is Champion Pizza in New York City – check out their Tripadvisor page to find out more about how they operate and read some customer reviews.
Generally speaking, the first people to bring pizza into a new country are Italian immigrants. They tend to congregate into the same regions and neighborhoods, and naturally, they bring their native foods along with them. In the beginning of this process the pizza stays within the community of immigrants who brought it there, but as the Italian population begins to assimilate with rest of the country, their food starts to become mainstream as well. Typically, any pizza that you might find inside the original group of settlers who brought the pizza with them will resemble the authentic pizza found in Italy, but as you get farther and farther from that community, you will find pizza which is more and more heavily influenced by the prevailing culinary forces in the new country.
Pizza in America, as you might expect, has taken on a large variety and new and different forms. This probably started because of the enormous impact of Italian and Greek residents on American culture, both today and in the past. In some cases, the differences between the original product and the new one are so vast that the modified dish bears only a passing resemblance to one of the original pizzas. You can go to almost any city in America, and you’ll still find places serving pizza in the style of New York, or Chicago, or California–and that’s just regionally within the United States. Very often you’ll find other classic American dishes, such as the bacon cheeseburger, chili cheese hot dog, and who knows what else unceremoniously piled on top of an otherwise unremarkable pizza.
It may surprise you to hear that Pakistan has become a major center for the development and distribution of new varieties of pizza. One Mr. Manzar Riaz introduced it there in 1993 when he opened the country’s first pizza place, and he has had phenomenal success. Coincidentally, Pizza Hut moved in there the same year, presumably because they too felt the shifting winds of pizza marketability steering their ship of enterprise due East. Pizza’s impact in Pakistan has not been quite as great in India, however. Some provinces celebrate this exotic dish, and visitors to these regions are able to purchase and consume it without difficulty, However, other parts of India are far behind, and do not make or sell pizza of any kind. You may be shocked to hear that Pakistan’s sheer volume of pizza sales is second only to that of the United States. Not only that, but Pakistan is home to the largest pizza restaurant anywhere on earth–a Pizza Hut that has seating for five thousand people.