When 1889 Pizza Napoletana opens in Kansas City in March, owners Jason and Kelli Kolich plan to make pizza fit for a queen.
The name of their restaurant comes from 1889, the year that margherita pizza was invented. The style of pizza takes its name from Italian Queen Regina Margherita, who was traveling through Naples at the time. The pizza, featuring red San Marzano tomatoes, creamy white buffalo mozzarella cheese and fresh green basil, is said to represent the colors found on the Italian flag.
To honor the long tradition of margherita pizza, the Kolichs plan to apply to get their Associazione Vera Pizza Napoletana designation from the Italian government. The certification is given to pizzerias who meet strict requirements that respect the tradition of the art of Neapolitan pizza making. Currently, the only other local pizzeria with that designation is Il Lazzarone.