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Pizza by the Slice or Pizza by the Piece?

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Friday, June 14th, 2024 | 470 views

A New York Slice from Joe's Pizza; its a slice, not a piece of pizza

What’s the difference between a slice and a piece of pizza? It’s a New York thing.

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The History of Rhode Island’s Pizza Strips

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Wednesday, May 15th, 2024 | 1,128 views

Rhode Island pizza strips, also known asa red strips, are topped with thick tomato sauce


No state has a larger percentage of residents with Italian heritage than Rhode Island, so it’s no surprise the Ocean State has its own unique style of pizza. What is surprising is this classic pizza doesn’t have any cheese.

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How Sicilian Citrus Salad Conquered the World (Or At Least The Internet)

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Friday, April 19th, 2024 | 1,797 views

Sicilian style citrus salad with navel oranges, cara cara oranges, and blood oranges topped with red pepper

Mixing blood oranges with Cara Cara oranges and navel oranges brings a variety of sweet, bitter, and sour to the plate, along with spice from crushed red pepper


Just about everyone seems to have a recipe for Sicilian-style citrus salad these days. The colorful combination of oranges photographs beautifully, particularly since the fruits span a spectrum of deep red to pale yellow, from blood oranges to grapefruits. In the era of visual-forward social media like TikTok and Instagram, brightly colored foods get the clicks.

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The Many Ways to Cook Spaghetti with Garlic and Oil

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Tuesday, April 9th, 2024 | 2,136 views

Pasta with garlic and oil, known as aglio e olio

Spaghetti with garlic and oil — and in this case, black pepper



Sometimes known as ‘cuckold pasta,’ legend has it that cheating wives only had time to cook spaghetti with garlic and oil, but there’s a lot more to this simple pasta.

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Panzerotti and the Mystery of the Missing Florida-Style Pizza

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Tuesday, April 2nd, 2024 | 2,928 views

A panzerotto from panzerotti bites on Smith Street in Brooklyn, filled with mozzarella cheese and tomato sauce, fried in a thin pizza dough

Circulating on pizza message boards and other corners of the internet where pizza enthusiasts gather, a photograph of a sign advertising Florida Style Pizza has been making the rounds. Readers are confused: what is Florida-style pizza?

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The History of Zeppole di San Giuseppe

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Tuesday, March 12th, 2024 | 1,391 views

The zeppole di San Giuseppe are filled with custard or ricotta cream

The zeppole di San Giuseppe are filled with custard or ricotta cream


The Feast of San Giuseppe is celebrated every year on March 19, and is also known as Festa del Papá, father’s day in Italy. The feast day celebrates Joseph, husband of the Virgin Mary. But it also means one thing for Italian American bakeries: zeppole di San Giuseppe.

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The History of Pasta Con Le Sarde

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Monday, March 11th, 2024 | 981 views

Pasta con le sarde is made in America with canned anchovies and sardines

Italians make pasta con le sarde with fresh fish, but Italian Americans are more likely to use canned anchovies preserved in oil

Macaroni con le sarde, or a pasta con le sarde, is a traditional Sicilian pasta made with a sauce of fresh sardines and fennel greens and tossed with toasted breadcrumbs. While a common dish in Sicily, it’s less well known in the United States, except perhaps, in New Orleans where it has become the cornerstone of the St. Joseph’s Day celebration.

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The History of New Jersey’s Italian Hot Dog

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Monday, February 19th, 2024 | 2,269 views

A single Italian hot dog from Johnny & Hanges in Fair Lawn topped with onions, peppers, and cubed potatoes

An Italian hot dog topped with onions, peppers, and potatoes.


Italian Americans are well known for a variety of sausages, but hot dogs aren’t usually considered an Italian sausage. However, that didn’t stop the Italians in New Jersey from adopting the hot dog, and making it uniquely their own.

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The History of Chicago’s Italian Beef Sandwich

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Tuesday, January 30th, 2024 | 16,159 views

An Italian beef sandwich from Al's Number 1 Italian Beef in Chicago

An Italian beef sandwich from Al’s Number 1 Italian Beef in Chicago

Chicago’s meatpacking industry helped make beef a staple on American plates, but it also shaped an iconic Italian sandwich.

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The History Spiral Lasagna

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Thursday, December 14th, 2023 | 1,355 views

spiral or pinwheel lasagna has become a viral sensation in part due to Chefs Angie Rito and Scott Tascinelli who started selling the dish at their restaurant, Don Angie. Here a baking dish of a copycat recipe

Don Angie’s pinwheel lasagna has been a viral sensation since the restaurant opened in 2017. Their beautiful and delicious dish has deservedly attracted buzz, but spiral baked lasagna actually has a long history before their restaurant opened.

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