Pizza (Italian pronunciation: ['pittsa], from the Latin verb pìnsere, to press and from the Greek pektos, p??t??, meaning "solid" or "clotted") is Greek in origin . The Ancient Greeks covered their bread with oils, herbs and cheese. In Byzantine Greek, the word was spelled p?ta, pita, or p?tta, pitta, meaning pie.
The word has also spread to Turkish as pide, and Bulgarian, Croatian and Serbian as pita, Albanian as pite and Modern Hebrew pittah.
The Romans developed placenta, a sheet of dough topped with cheese and honey and flavored with bay leaves. Modern pizza originated in Italy as the Neapolitan pie with tomato. In 1889, cheese was added
In 1889, during a visit to Naples, Queen Margherita of Italy was served a pizza resembling the colors of the Italian flag, red (tomato), white (mozzarella) and green (basil). This kind of pizza has been named after the Queen as Pizza Margherita.