Among the foods that occupy a special place in the hearts of humanity, pizza is undoubtedly in the top ten. We’ve delighted in it with friends, family, solo, in celebration of something special, or just because it’s fast and fun. We have even enjoyed it through our heroes (talking about Ninja Turtles). In all its shapes and sizes, flavors and toppings, pizza is irresistible.
Who came up with it?
With several origin stories for pizza, the history of the Margherita is no exception. It’s been pinned around in the mid-nineteenth century, described in texts as a pizza without a name, and in which they list only the ingredients: cheese, basil and mozzarella. Another story, and our favorite, takes us to the end of the 19th century, when Chef Raffaele Esposito named his creation in honor of the arrival of Queen Margherita of Savoy in Naples.1
Pizza purists suggest that the pizza should have a dough base of no more than 3 mm thick, tomato, mozzarella cheese (originally from a buffalo), and basil. The elements have to be as fresh as possible and of the highest quality to achieve true Margherita status. Only “heretics” would add a little oregano and olive oil.
Margheritas done right
This beautiful restaurant, located in a privileged corner of Polanco, seeks to recreate the atmosphere of Europe. Here you can choose from a wide variety of dishes ranging from international blends (such as risotto with tequila), to more traditional recipes (we recommend the ricotta rosé ravioli). Belfiore has a special pizza menu, where you will find its star: the Margherita (Margarita).
Presidente Masaryk 514 (local A), Polanco, Miguel Hidalgo
T. 55 64914044
This relatively new spot is cozy in atmosphere and service. They have a wide and interesting selection of dishes – some traditional, but most with a touch of ingenuity from the chef and the pizzaiolo (pizza maker). We can recommend, apart from the acclaimed Margherita, the cauliflower hummus.
Melchor Ocampo 30, Cuauhtémoc, Cuauhtémoc
T. 55 3137 1092
This pizzeria has true Neapolitan magic, as it is officially certified by the True Neapolitan Pizza Association (https://www.pizzanapoletana.org/it/). Alongside their delicious pizzas you’ll also find Mediterranean food, wine, and ice cream.
Laredo 13, Hipódromo, Cuauhtémoc, Cuauhtémoc
T. 55 7312 3228
The Pizza Margherita appears to be a simple pizza in terms of the number of ingredients. However, this allows us to evaluate each of the flavors more carefully, as well as the relationship between them all. We invite you to try them and let us know what you think!