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A Brief History of New York City’s Oldest Pizzerias

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Tuesday, October 10th, 2023 | 3,435 views

Patsy's Pizza in East Harlem is the first NYC slice

Pizza was born in Naples, but it was the Italian immigrants in New York City who mastered it. Today, pizza grown into a truly American food available in every corner of the country. Yet, a little more than a century ago, it was an unknown ethnic food few Americans had ever heard of.

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Celebrate National Pizza Day With Great Pizza History

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Thursday, February 9th, 2023 | 998 views

A cheese pie from best pizza

February 9 is National pizza day. Don’t worry if you thought this was in October, which is National Pizza Month. Today is dedicated to pizzas of all sorts — so don’t confuse today with September 5, dedicated to National Cheese Pizza Day, September 20 for Pepperoni Pizza, and October 11 for Sausage pizza. Apparently, the nation loves pizza.

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The History of French Bread Pizza

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Tuesday, July 12th, 2022 | 1,833 views

french bread pizza made with old bread

French Bread Pizza is often associated with Stouffer’s, the frozen food giant that helped popularize lasagna. French Bread Pizza followed a few years later. Stouffer’s launched the product in 1974 with an eye toward pizza ovens, then an increasingly popular home appliance.

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Inventing English Muffin Pizza

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Tuesday, July 5th, 2022 | 1,616 views

Pizza took off across America during the 1950s. There were numerous contributing factors to the rise in the sudden popularity, but one that profoundly shaped every day cooking was the desire for more convenient foods.

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What Do Pants Have to Do With Pizza?

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Tuesday, June 21st, 2022 | 1,437 views

Pants and pizza come together to make calzone

You might be wondering what a pair of pants and a pizza has to do with calzone.

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The Largest Pizza In America

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Thursday, March 17th, 2022 | 6,388 views

a chart of pizza sizes from the New york city standard pizza slice to Koronet, to D.C. Jumbo slice, and the Super Size slice from Yonkers and also Toronto

Neapolitan pizzas have always been small. These pizzas are typically about 10 to 12 inches in diameter. Traditionally these pies are served whole, although in modern restaurants, some Neapolitan-style pies are cut into 5 or 6-inch slices, intended to allow customers to share.

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The Origins of Bagel Pizza

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Thursday, November 4th, 2021 | 1,939 views

Bagel pizzas -- where do they come from?

There are few fusion foods that cause more controversy than bagel pizzas. The question of who invented the bagel pizza is an east coast / west coast rivalry bigger than Notorious B.I.G. and Tupac.

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