Pizza fit for a queen
The Margherita pizza was created in 1889, when Queen Margherita of Savoy visited Naples, according to the owners of Brandi Trattoria in Port Chester, New York. In honor of the queen, Chef Raffaele Esposito and his wife created a pizza resembling the Italian flag and its colors; red (tomato), white (mozzarella), and green (basil). Later that same year, Queen Margherita penned a letter identifying Brandi Pizzeria as the originator of the Margherita Pizza. Brandi Pizzeria in Naples is still in operation today and Brandi Trattoria in Port Chester is its first official outpost in the U.S. These are the 6 food-creation myths you need to stop believing.
We all scream for ice cream (cones)
In Norfolk, Virginia, the founder of Doumar’s Cones & Barbecue is credited with inventing the first ever waffle ice cream cone in 1904—ahead of the World’s Fair in St. Louis where it was first served to the masses. The original cone machines that Albert Doumar created are on display and in use today at Doumar’s, which serves homemade ice cream and North Carolina style BBQ dishes at its original Monticello Avenue location. Hankering for a scoop? Head to the best ice cream shop in your state.