Ancient Origins of Pizza
Flatbreads with toppings (similar to pizza) were eaten by ancient Greeks, Egyptians, and Romans.  As early as 1522, the poor working class were making and eating pizza in Naples because it was cheap and quick to eat.  By the 18th century, King Ferdinando IV occasionally had his chefs bake pizza.  Over time, pizza became popular with people from varied incomes.
Today, pizza is considered a food that is inexpensive, fast, and easy to eat. The first pizza shop in the United States was opened in 1905 in New York City by Gennaro Lombardi, a bread maker. Twenty-five years later, his menu expanded to include pasta. 
More recently, entrepreneurs have attempted to make pizza healthier by modifying the crust. Some places use whole wheat pizza crust, and more recently, cauliflower crust has become a viable option for many people who want a healthy crust or are gluten intolerant. It is unclear who created the first cauliflower pizza, but according to Cauliflower Crust Pizza, one of the earliest recipes was written by Jamie VanEaton in 2012. 
Milton's Cauliflower Pizza At-Home
Although I like pizza, I am not a fan of cauliflower. I have never eaten it cooked or raw as a vegetable. Thus, when my friends recommended Milton’s Craft Bakers Cauliflower Pizza, I was hesitant to try it. I expected to dislike it.
However, based on my experience, I would encourage you to give it a try. In fact, when I initially made it for the first time, I informed my son that there was two-thirds of a pizza in the kitchen. I told him it had a cauliflower crust, but it tasted better than I expected. You can imagine my surprise when I returned to the kitchen 30 minutes later and saw that my son (who is not a vegetable lover) had polished off the remaining slices.
Where to Buy It
I am not sure how many places carry Milton’s Cauliflower Pizza, but I formerly purchased it at Costco. However, the store near me has recently discontinued the product. Contact the store near you to see if it is available.
If not, the Milton’s Craft Bakers website offers Margherita Four Cheese, Meat Lover’s pizza, and a vegetable topped pizza. Their website allows for online purchases and provides a list of grocery stores that carry their products. When it is not on sale, two pizzas are around $16.00. If you enter your zip code on their website, you will be given a list of local stores where you can buy their products. I recommend calling the store first to ensure that they have the product and variety you want.
How to Prepare the Pizza
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees and put the pizza directly on your oven rack. I once tried putting the pizza on a cookie sheet, but the crust is not nearly as crispy and tasty if you do not follow the directions. I have had a good experience making it in a convection oven, which will adjust the temperature to 400 degrees instead of 425. The pizza comes on a cakeboard. I recommend keeping the cakeboard, so you can slide the pizza from your oven rack to the cakeboard easily.
How Does It Taste?
Surprisingly, Milton’s was tastier than most frozen pizza I have eaten. The slightly crunchy crust has nice texture and flavor. If the box did not say it was cauliflower pizza, I honestly would not have known. It is a thinner style crust with ample cheese, sufficient sauce, and a generous amount of vegetables, if you choose the roasted vegetable flavor.
Interesting Fact About Pizza
Many in the culinary profession consider pizza to be a sandwich because the toppings sit on a base of bread.
Whether you consider pizza a sandwich or simply an Italian specialty, if you love pizza and want a healthier variety than one made with a traditional white flour, Milton’s Craft Bakers Cauliflower Pizza could be your new way to satisfy a pizza craving without adding a lot of carbs to your diet.
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