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Pizza explained to Victorians

Hard to top this.

“The pizza, I hear your readers exclaim, ‘what do you mean by the pizza?’

“Now, at this season of the year there is no person, high or low, from the first Neapolitan duke to the lowest lazzaroni, with whom it is not a primary article of faith to eat pizza.

“The pizza cake is your only social leveller, for in the pizza shops rich and poor harmoniously congregate.

“They are the only places where the members of the Neapolitan aristocracy – far haughtier than those of any other part of Italy – may be seen masticating their favourite delicacy side by side with their own coachmen, and valets and barbers…”

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