Welcome, foodies! Today, we’re diving deep into the history and deliciousness of the great cheese pizza, with a focus on the cheese itself. And who better to guide us through this cheesy journey than Wiseguy, our resident expert on all things pizza?
Going WAAAAY Back
Let’s start by taking a trip to Naples, Italy, where the modern pizza we know and love was born. The combination of tomato sauce and cheese toppings that we associate with pizza today originated in Naples in the 18th century. But before that, flatbreads topped with cheese, olive oil, and herbs can be traced back to ancient civilizations like the Greeks and Romans.
The Great Immigration
As Italian immigrants brought their love of pizza to America in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, pizza quickly became a staple of American cuisine. Cheese pizza, with its simple yet satisfying combination of tomato sauce and melted cheese, became a classic dish that could be found in pizzerias across the country. And it’s no wonder why – who can resist the allure of a hot, gooey slice of cheese pizza?
Idaho Cheese Please!
But let’s talk about the star of the show – the cheese. Idaho is a top producer of cheese in the United States, with a long history of dairy farming dating back to the late 1800s. Today, many small family-owned businesses in Idaho produce a wide variety of cheeses, including cheddar, mozzarella, and feta. What makes Idaho dairy cheese so special? Well, it all starts with the state’s rich soil and high-altitude climate, which provide ideal conditions for dairy cows to produce some great-tasting cheese! Wiseguy Pizza Pie could choose any cheese in the country, but he keeps it local by choosing Agropur out of Jerome, Idaho.
So the next time you’re craving a cheesy slice of pizza, stop by Wiseguy Pizza Pie. Where your tastebuds and tummy will thank you, and their cheese is always the freshest quality!