An Italian tavern owner baked the first Neapolitan Pizza for the Queen of Italy, one Margherita of Savoy in June 1889. History is silent about what she was doing in a tavern, but perhaps she did not get on well with the king. Something inspired Raffaele Esposito to top his flat bread with tomato sauce, fresh basil leaves, and molten mozzarella cheese in the colors of the Italian flag.
That is all there is to making Neapolitan Pizza in theory. In practice, you had better stick to the official rules before you make a pizza for a Napolitano. The Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana is the official custodian of Neapolitan pizza art, and it performs ‘rigorous, periodic checks on all of its members to ensure those using the brand name are following official methods’.