On the Salita Santa Anna in Naples, not far from the Palazzo Reale, a modest restaurant called the Pizzeria Brandi has been serving various types of pizza in the same building for over 200 years. It first opened in 1780 as the Pizzeria Pietro e Basta Cosi (meaning "the pizzeria of Peter, and that's enough"), but eventually its childless owner, called simply Peter the Pizzamaker, transferred its ownership to Enrico Brandi. Enrico's son-in-law, a pizzaiuolo (pizza-maker) named Raffaele Esposito, managed the restaurant in June of 1889 when the shop got a visit from royalty. King Umberto I of Italy had assumed the throne upon the death of his father a little over ten years earlier; he and Queen Margherita had once lived in Naples and, as they were planning a trip back to the city, they decided to indulge themselves in the local cuisine.
On May 6, 1527, Pope Clement VII ran for his life. Spirited through a secret passage in the wall of St. Peter’s Basilica, he fled for 800 meters down the Passetto di Borgo, a narrow, arched corridor that runs within the Vatican City’s exterior wall. Behind him, an invading army committed the harshest atrocities upon the Eternal City in its existence.