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A Brief History of New York City’s Oldest Pizzerias

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Tuesday, October 10th, 2023 | 6,833 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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The History of Philadelphia’s Italian Roast Pork Sandwich

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Tuesday, September 26th, 2023 | 3,623 views

Philadelphia Italian roast pork sandwich from DiNic's in Reading Terminal Market with provolone cheese and broccoli rabe on a sesame seeded bun

Philadelphia might be best known for its cheesesteak, but there’s a secret sandwich lurking in the city of Brotherly love. The Philadelphia Italian Roast Pork sandwich is a local delicacy created in the city a century ago by Italian immigrants, and it’s since become a local favorite that’s hard to find outside the city.

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The Many Foods of the Feast of San Gennaro

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Friday, September 22nd, 2023 | 780 views

Sausage and peppers on a roll are the classic san gennaro food

The Feast of San Gennaro festival in New York City started in 1926 when a group of men from the same village in Naples decided to roast a few chickens to celebrate their beloved saint.The neighborhood block party quickly evolved into a street fair organized by Italian Americans in Manhattan.

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Don’t Call It Bacon

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Thursday, July 8th, 2021 | 502 views

Italian-American recipes often call on salted pork products. Some early recipes don’t bother specifying, simply calling the pork “salt pork” to distinguish it from fresh, raw meat. Pancetta, guanciale, and prosciutto are three of the most common of these Italian meats.

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