I'd like to place an order for 12 pizza, please. That request 1,017 years ago by a local bishop to the son of a feudal lord in Gaeta, Italy, may mark the origins of the word "pizza."
Businessinsider.com reports that although many people assume that the word "pizza" originated in Naples, new analysis indicates that the word came from a smaller village further north in Italy. Italian newspaper La Repubblica reports that food historian Giuseppe Nocca will present his research Thursday on a Latin document from 997 AD, believed to be the oldest reference to the word pizza.
The 1,017-year-old document was written in Gaeta, a small village on the border between Campania and Lazio in Italy. In the document, the son of a feudal lord promises 12 pizzas to the local bishop as a yearly homage.