An image of a pizza-like food found in the ruins of Pompeii

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Pizza without mozzarella and tomatoes may not sound like pizza to Neapolitans, but a new discovery by archaeologists working among the ruins of Pompeii may provide a glimpse of an ancient version of the beloved modern dish big

A fresco on the wall of a home in the destroyed city of Rome shows a silver tray with food items including Focaccia flatbread, fruit and a goblet of red wine against a black background. Their existence still dates back about 2,000 years and “could be a distant ancestor” of pizza, the Pompeii Archaeological Park said in a statement, adding that it missed some classic ingredients of the dish.

The discovery was made in the atrium of a residence attached to a bakery. Part of the structure was explored in the 19th century. Excavation will begin in January.

The ancient house of Pompeii shows what life was like before a volcano erupted

The city at the foot of Mount Vesuvius was destroyed after a volcanic eruption in 79 AD.

Tourists enjoy the UNESCO World Heritage site, which can move through the main streets, among temples and amphitheaters that provide a rare daily life in ancient Roman urban cities.

Previous discoveries at the site have revealed the complete skeletal remains of a horse, a street lined with large homes with balconies and a grave with the remains of an adult male, among others.

The director of the archaeological park of Pompeii, Gabriel Zuchtriegel, pointed out that the fresco was in the Greek or Hellenistic tradition. The image adds to the pastoral, simple food and the luxury of a silver tray, he said in the statement.

“When we consider this matter, how can we not think of pizza, which was also born as a ‘poor’ dish in the south of Italy that has now conquered the world and has to be served in Michelin star restaurants,” he said.

It seems that the bread is smeared with spices or with some kind of pesto, the archaeologists took out from the yellow and orange dots on the image. The tray also holds dried fruit, alongside pomegranates and dates.

Pompeii is located less than 20 miles from present-day Naples, and its pizza tradition earned a place on UNESCO’s list of intangible cultural heritage in 2017. The culinary practice of the “pizzaiuolo,” or pizza, gives its -into preparing and turning the dough in a complex rotation before baking it in a wood oven.

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