If you ask for one Pizza During delivery, you may not pay due attention to a small item that plays a crucial role in preserving the taste and appearance of your order: the plastic table that sits in the middle of the pizza in the box.
Do you know how it was invented? In this article we will explore the history and function of this seemingly simple component, but essential to a delicious experience.
An ingenious invention keeps your pizza intact
Carmela Vitale, an American housewife, is the brilliant mind behind the plastic table invented in 1983.
Before this innovation, many pizza consumers had a common problem: cheese and ingredients stuck to the lid of the box, affecting the taste and presentation of the dish.
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The function of the “table” goes beyond simple elevation. By keeping the lid away from the pizza, this small item plays a key role in preserving the taste and appearance during transport.
What started as a practical solution to an everyday problem soon became a standard essential for pizza deliveries around the world.
Surprisingly, pizza tables have a history spanning decades. The version of Vitale, which is resistant up to 260 degrees Celsius, quickly became the standard US after its patenting, surpassing previous models such as the one patented in Argentina in 1974.
This small, often underestimated object is a testament to innovation in solving everyday problems.
Knowing this, a tip: the next time your favorite pizza arrives, the discreet presence of the plastic “table” should be celebrated as a feat of genius.
It is more than just a detail, it is a symbol of the human ability to find practical solutions for everyday challenges and transforms the simple delivery of a pizza into an experience preserved through creativity and functional design.