Wednesday, July 6, 2016

History Of Pizza





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The origin of the word pizza is uncertain. It is Italian for ‘pie’ and may have come from Latin pix ‘pitch’ or Greek pitta. It is common belief that pizza was an invention by the Italians. However, the history of pizza goes back to the ancient times in the Middle East. The Greeks, Egyptians, Armenians, Israelis, and Babylonians were making some derivative of pizza in the ancient times. They would cook flat bread in mud ovens. Workingmen and their families ate it because it was a thrifty and convenient food. The Greeks, Romans, and Egyptians specifically, were topping the bread with olive oil and spices, now known as focaccia.

In 1522, tomatoes were brought back to Europe from Peru in the New World. Originally thought to be poisonous, tomatoes eventually found their way into the diets of poorer people of Naples, as they placed the tomatoes on to their yeast dough, thus creating the first simple pizza we know today. These early pizzas were quite popular because these workingmen usually had only flour, olive oil, lard, cheese, and herbs with which to feed their families. All of Italy proclaimed the Neapolitan pies to be the best.

Founded around 600 B.C. as a Greek Settlement, Naples, Italy was a thriving waterfront city, and as we can see, the home of the pizza we know and love today. Although known as a well-off city, the kingdom was densely packed with throngs of working poor, who typically had only tiny homes to call their own. The workers required inexpensive food that could be consumed quickly, since they were consistently busy.

Thus, pizza, flatbreads with various toppings, eaten for any meal and sold by street vendors or informal restaurants, met this need. Legend has it that pizza developed in Naples when bakers needed to use up their excess dough for the day, or when they needed something in the oven to keep it warm.

By throwing this extra dough into the oven, and selling it to poorer people, they developed a food that years later is, ironically, extremely popular with a wide variety of customers. Evidently, the people in Naples were eating some of the earliest pizzas, and they often garnished them with tomatoes, cheese, oil, anchovies and garlic, just like many do today.

During that time, it is believe that Raffaele Esposito made the first pizza with tomato, cheese, and other toppings and seasonings. The first known pizza shop opened in Port Alba in Naples and is still there today. Esposito was called to make some pizza for the visit of King Umberto and Queen Margherita of Italy in the late 1800s. In this taste test, Queen Margherita liked the pizza with mozzarella, basil, and tomatoes so much, that Esposito named it “Pizza Margherita.”

Interestingly, if the queen didn’t venture to try this “peasant bread,” then pizza may have never spread to become the phenomenon it is today. Evidently, pizza became a great success and spread to America, England, France, and Spain during World War Two when American and European soldiers tasted this new dish while occupying Italian territory.

Gennuardo Lombardi opened the first American pizza shop on Spring Street in New York City in 1905. Up until the 1950s, pizza was still seen as a foreign food. It seems that since then, pizza has become a staple food in New York. Pizzerias began opening in New York and borrowed non-Italian ingredients and non-Italian restaurants began serving the pizza until it formed a league of its own. Soon there were stands on the streets in Little Italy that served English muffin pizzas which categorized itself as “the traditional pizza with Thomas’s English Muffin as its base.”
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How much do you tip a pizza delivery guy?





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Go roughly in ranges. a) Should never be less than $3, b) Anything between a $20 and $50 is usually about $5, c) $50 and up, usually go about 10%. Some people barely tip and others think pizza guys should be tipped just like waiters (15-20%).

If they trudge through rain, sleet, snow or other less than ideal conditions (late hours or at the very edge of their delivery area) tip much more then if they didn't. Don't forget that most pizza operations that charge a delivery fee, do not give this to the drivers.

I've been a pizza delivery driver on and off for about 10 years now. As far as tips go, I'd say it has to do with a couple factors.

1: How far away is the delivery?
2: How much am I delivering?

The price of gas is outrageous compared to 10 years ago, when $2 was a completely acceptable tip. I normally tip $5-7, and live within .6 miles of the places I order from. This could be due to an understanding of the job, though.

That said, if I'm delivering 10-20 pizzas to one destination, I normally look for 10-15% of the bill as a "Good" tip.

Keep in mind, you're tipping the person for wear and tear on their vehicle (tires, brakes, oil changes, fuel, filters, hoses, vehicle depreciation) as well as the convenience.

That said, if your delivery driver is a jerk, it's perfectly acceptable to withhold on a tip!
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Monday, July 4, 2016

Tipping for pizza delivery considering other factors.

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Tipping for pizza delivery considering other factors.

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When calculating the amount of tip for pizza delivery consider these other factors.

No one likes cold pizza or slow delivery, but consider the fact that every pizza must first be ordered and cooked, and then delivered, there are real world physical limitations to the time it takes to get one to your table.

Some pizza places publish tip guidelines stating that $3 is the minimum standard tip on any delivery order less than $20. Three bucks is about 15% of $20 and sounds fair for most situations. A $10 order is just as much delivery work as a $20 order, and a $3 tip is not unreasonable.

If you have a huge order, special requests or additions (like a case of soda) included in your delivery, you might want to up your tip percentage to 20-25%. If you plan on doing repeat business with the same store “special” customers will be treated as “problem” customers if they don’t tip fairly. It is better to earn a reputation as a “good” repeat customer; it can earn you better service all the way around in the future.

If you do live at the end of a 20 mile dirt road, don’t expect great delivery service, ever. Or at least not until your second order and after the you have shown your willingness to compensate the driver for giving up 20 other potential tips to deliver your one pizza.

Extremely bad weather is another situation that calls for higher tips. If your pizza was delivered in the middle of a blinding ice storm, it might be worthwhile to slip the driver a few extra bucks for risking life and limb to deliver your hot pizza.

If you plan on ordering from the same store again in the future, it would be worthwhile to tip generously and in that light, repeatability is probably the key to the mystery of how much to tip for pizza delivery service.

Repeatability is the key because if you have a good pizza delivery experience and wish to repeat it, a low tip or no tip will drastically reduce your chances of enjoying a good repeat dining experience.

You might consider pizza delivery service to be a relationship as much as it is a convenience, and your at-home pizza experience is entirely dependent on the relationship you build with your local pizzeria and the delivery drivers who serve your route.

Nothing is free really, not even free delivery, and most often, you have to pay for what you get. If you want both great pizza and great delivery service, tipping your driver generously is always a good idea.
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