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RE: Gary, Indiana was first with Pizza 2006/11/16 10:43:18 (permalink)
The best was at a place on West 5th. Ave. downtown, just west of Washington St. on the north side of the street, just off the alley, a place called FLAMINGO PIZZA. This was great pizza, like none today.
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RE: Gary, Indiana was first with Pizza 2006/11/20 09:57:33 (permalink)
Big Sausage,

Does any of this ring a bell? Coud this be the place you remember?
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RE: Gary, Indiana was first with Pizza 2006/11/20 11:39:52 (permalink)
Here's an interesting article on Gennaro Lombardi and Lombardi's Pizzeria from the archives of "Pizza Today"
http://www.pizzatoday.com/features_articles.shtml?article=MzMxNXN1cGVyMzMxMnNlY3JldDMzMTk=

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RE: Gary, Indiana was first with Pizza 2006/11/21 08:45:54 (permalink)
Big Sausage;

Coud this be the place, Zale's Tap? Does it ring a bell?
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RE: Gary, Indiana was first with Pizza 2006/11/23 09:52:32 (permalink)
After all the information you all gave me, I guess, Gary, Indiana, was not first but second with Pizza, but they did make the best, and now it is gone, never to be known by the young ones, but that's life.

You must be old to remember the good old days, and for our children and grandchildren, this time, will be the good old days for them someday.
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RE: Gary, Indiana was first with Pizza 2006/11/23 10:48:23 (permalink)
Gary, Indiana's most important contribution to world culture was probably the Jackson family.
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RE: Gary, Indiana was first with Pizza 2006/11/23 11:10:11 (permalink)
I dunno Polish Guy. My take on this is that if it were the case (Gary IN figuring prominently in US pizza history) then it would have shown up sooner and more prominently than on an obscure food-related internet forum in 2006. I seriously doubt that Gary was any more prominent in the pizza diaspora than any number of similar cities and towns. New Haven. Ithaca. Old Forge. Pittsburgh. Philadelphia. Chicago. There might be good pizza in Gary, but if you are going to make bold claims for Gary's primacy and importance I'd like to see some research and some rigor before I dismiss this as so much bombast and blather and braggadocio.


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RE: Gary, Indiana was first with Pizza 2006/11/23 11:56:03 (permalink)
Big Sausage;

Could this be the place, Zale's Tap? Does it ring a bell?

The name does not ring that bell, but if Zales was on the corner of Ridge and Broadway it might have been. I just remember some of the greatest sandwiches ever being made there along with a Stine of cold beer. Having driven that area a couple of years ago on a return visit home wanted to make me cry. How in the hell is that type of blight allowed to happen. SAD !
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RE: Gary, Indiana was first with Pizza 2006/11/23 13:35:49 (permalink)
Braggadocio,What a great word, I'll have to remember it. Chow Jim
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RE: Gary, Indiana was first with Pizza 2006/11/23 14:18:28 (permalink)
The way I figure it, if Gary, Indiana didn't have it till the 1940s -- heck, even the '30s-- then it's not even close to being second, third, fourth, fifth or 25th.
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RE: Gary, Indiana was first with Pizza 2006/11/23 22:36:57 (permalink)
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Braggadocio,What a great word, I'll have to remember it. Chow Jim


Yeah, but I think the OP is doing some tongue chewing (in cheek). But still 'n all.

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RE: Gary, Indiana was first with Pizza 2006/11/24 18:19:57 (permalink)
First in the Midwest, anyway N.Y. does not know how to make Pizza.

Gary's was the best, does anyone remember this great Pizza?
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RE: Gary, Indiana was first with Pizza 2006/11/25 07:47:13 (permalink)
I hate the taste of raw tounge, but I seem to be getting use to it.
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RE: Gary, Indiana was first with Pizza 2006/11/25 18:21:48 (permalink)
Originally posted by Polish guy

First in the Midwest, anyway N.Y. does not know how to make Pizza.

Gary's was the best, does anyone remember this great Pizza?
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THe best pizza was made by my mother in our kitchen, not sure if it was the first in the country. Her family came here in the 30's. Besides making the traditional baked pizza, a favorite in our house was fried pizza, not the sweet variety, but savory. a 6" round of dough fried on both sides, then topped with marinara sauce, lots of fresh basil and freshly grated cheese, no mozzarella! maybe an anchovy for my dad. She also fried calzones, never baked, this is how it was made in her area of Italy, no complaints from anyone either:)
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RE: Gary, Indiana was first with Pizza 2006/11/25 18:27:15 (permalink)
I've had the fried pies and they were wonderful. You're right -- no mozzarella, just grated parmesan or pecorino.
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RE: Gary, Indiana was first with Pizza 2006/11/25 20:27:18 (permalink)
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I've had the fried pies and they were wonderful. You're right -- no mozzarella, just grated parmesan or pecorino.


May I ask where you had them? I've never had the fried pizza at a restaurant, but some of the pizzerias in my area do make fried calzones. Mom said they were very popular in Naples, along with panzarotti (fried potato croquettes), she also said the thieves in Naples were so good, they'd steal the pierced earrings off of women:)

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RE: Gary, Indiana was first with Pizza 2006/11/25 20:44:38 (permalink)
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I've had the fried pies and they were wonderful. You're right -- no mozzarella, just grated parmesan or pecorino.


May I ask where you had them? I've never had the fried pizza at a restaurant, but some of the pizzerias in my area do make fried calzones. Mom said they were very popular in Naples, along with panzarotti (fried potato croquettes), she also said the thieves in Naples were so good, they'd steal the pierced earrings off of women:)

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Luisa

I had them in the homes of relatives and friends in New Haven, Connecticut.
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RE: Gary, Indiana was first with Pizza 2006/11/26 01:17:41 (permalink)
I just want to clear a few things up for you guys. Flamingo Pizza was Officially established in 1941 as one of the regions first Pizza Places. Despite the economic hardships that plagued the area Flamingos is still Open and serving the original hand tossed "region style" pizza. Though they have moved to the east side, it is one of the longest operating businesses in Gary, next to Peerless Potato chips and the Mills. I'm not sure how much you remember from the original menu but the ground sausage, sauce, cheese, dough and preperation have all remained the same over the years. They also serve the original beef sandwiches and wonderful house dressing. Though many of the prices reflect the change in times they sill have a mug of beer for a buck.
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RE: Gary, Indiana was first with Pizza 2006/11/26 12:52:44 (permalink)
Where are they now, I lost contact with any of their places left?

Last I heard there was one in Miller, but not sure where it is, can you help?

The one in Glen Park, closed a few years ago, and the one downtown closed many years ago.

I live in Valparaiso, Indiana, and would go, if I knew where it was.
Is it only carry out, or do they have dine in also?

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RE: Gary, Indiana was first with Pizza 2006/11/27 15:01:45 (permalink)
chrasimp,

How is that you know of Flamingo Pizza? Are you from this area?
Where, and are you still there, or when did you leave? Are you old enough to remember the great Flamingo Pizza, when Gus was around?
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RE: Gary, Indiana was first with Pizza 2006/11/27 15:49:49 (permalink)
During the year of 1905, Lombardi's of New York City was licensed by the City of New York, becoming America's First Pizzeria. In addition there are many East Coast pizzerias that are almost as old and still operating.


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RE: Gary, Indiana was first with Pizza 2006/11/28 10:54:03 (permalink)
Apparently Flamingo Pizza is still in business - I doubt if it is the same as the 5th ave location of the 1950's. My family lived in Brunswick (far west side)for 30 years - and used to get pizza a lot there at Flamingo on 5th ave - great flavor. It was featured in Colliers Magazine , March 7, 1953 in article about pizza.

Flamingo Pizza of Miller , 8341 Locust Ave , Gary , In 46403

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RE: Gary, Indiana was first with Pizza 2006/11/28 17:22:14 (permalink)
I Have been working at flamingo for a few years. It is right across the street from Beach Cafe (famous for Lake Perch) on the corner of Shelby and Locust. The original recepie along with the original oven, dough mixer, stetcher and grinder are all still used. I Shipped 10 frozen pizzas on dry-ice to a couple in WI for their 50th wedding anniversery. They had first met there 52 years ago. They sent a thank you letter which stated "despite the different atmosphere we would like to express our deepest appreciation for allowing us to reminise over pizza that like our relationship still uphold the quality of yesteryear." I am not old enough to remember the original but those who our claim nothing has changed except the prices. If you get a chance check it out. I would suggest eating there if everyone in your party is over 21 because 35-40 minutes in a box doesn't do it must justice. Let me know what you think.
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RE: Gary, Indiana was first with Pizza 2006/11/28 20:47:31 (permalink)
Thank you for the information, we will be stopping by. I hope it is as good as once was.
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RE: Gary, Indiana was first with Pizza 2006/11/29 12:09:33 (permalink)
One more questions, I have been told, that this area, Miller, is a high crime area, would we be safe to go there?
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RE: Gary, Indiana was first with Pizza 2006/11/29 16:19:54 (permalink)
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Originally posted by Michael Hoffman

I've had the fried pies and they were wonderful. You're right -- no mozzarella, just grated parmesan or pecorino.


May I ask where you had them? I've never had the fried pizza at a restaurant, but some of the pizzerias in my area do make fried calzones. Mom said they were very popular in Naples, along with panzarotti (fried potato croquettes), she also said the thieves in Naples were so good, they'd steal the pierced earrings off of women:)

Thanks
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they roll and fry pizzas at a place called Josie's in Potsdam, NY. They call 'em pizza rolls - go figure. But these have mozzarella. They've been a Potsdam tradition for a couple decades now.
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RE: Gary, Indiana was first with Pizza 2006/12/01 10:54:20 (permalink)
Is this place safe, and have parking?
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RE: Gary, Indiana was first with Pizza 2006/12/02 12:22:55 (permalink)
Some guy just listed Pizza history but did not even add Gary. Shows what does he know. Also, Gary, Indiana, had the best Pizza ever, and New York does not know Pizza.
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RE: Gary, Indiana was first with Pizza 2006/12/02 14:15:08 (permalink)
Check out this site for the history of Pizza going back to the 6th century B.C. http://www.nypizzapie.com/pizzahistory

Then go to restuarants on roadfood and search for pizza in all states. With very few exceptions, they are all located in New York and Connecticut. None are located in Indiana (what a surprise!) I have tried 11 of the 38 listed and the reviews are accurate. I grew up in Brooklyn, live in New Jersey for the past 33 years, and have traveled all over the country and can assure you that the best Pizza is made in the north east.
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RE: Gary, Indiana was first with Pizza 2006/12/02 18:41:03 (permalink)
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they roll and fry pizzas at a place called Josie's in Potsdam, NY. They call 'em pizza rolls - go figure. But these have mozzarella. They've been a Potsdam tradition for a couple decades now.



What area of NY is that?
are they rolled up like a jelly roll, then fried, is so that sounds SO SO good. I going to make fried pizzas tomorrow, anyone in the area is welcome to stop in.
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