"History of Pizza"

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2006/12/01 08:28:01 (permalink)

"History of Pizza"

Thought I'd add this link from TONY for those of you interested in www.timeoutny.com/newyork/Details.do?page=1&xyurl=xyl://TONYWebArticles1/583/features/a_piece_of_history.xml

Pizza A piece of history

A.D. 79
Evidence of ancient flat flour cakes have been found in the remains at Pompeii. But how good could it have been if there were leftovers?

A.D. 997
Documents in Gaeta, north of Naples, record the word pizza, possibly derived from the Latin picea, which referred to the blackened bottom of oven-baked dough.

1400s
Italians learn that the spoiled milk of water buffalo is surprisingly tasty.

1500s
Tomatoes, native to South America, are brought to Europe from the New World and add some much-needed color and flavor to dry, boring flatbreads.

1830
“The world’s first pizzeria, Antica Pizzeria Port’Alba, opens its doors in Naples,” according to pizza expert and Upper West Sider Ed Levine, in his book Slice of Heaven.

1889
The Queen of Italy declares her preference for pizza topped with tomato sauce, mozzarella and basil—and the style is named Margherita in her honor.

1905
On Spring Street in Soho, Lombardi’s starts selling some weird snack called pizza—believed to be the first place to do so in the U.S. It’s really good.

1924
Anthony “Totonno” Pero, a former employee of Lombardi’s, opens the original Totonno’s in Coney Island.

1929
John Sasso, who also learned at Lombardi’s, opens his own place—John’s Pizzeria. (Some of the original customers are still in line for a table.)

1933
Patsy’s opens in Harlem. It establishes the standard for good pizza uptown—and sets the stage for many trademark-infringement lawsuits.

1943
Ike Sewell and his partners invent deep-dish pizza at Uno’s in Chicago. Though it’s tasty, most New Yorkers insist it’s not real ’za.

1950s
Some NYC pizzerias offer free anchovies; hence, the need to request “no anchovies”arises.

1972
The Clean Air Act limits the use of coal-burning ovens. Owners of wood-burning ovens say their stuff tastes better anyway.

1984
An Italian organization known as the “pizza police” (Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana, or AVPN) forms to ensure authentic Italian style.

2004
Old-school, thin-crust pizza makes a strong comeback in places like Una Pizza Napoletana, Centopizze, Abbondanza’s and Posto.

2000's
Roadfood covers Pizza!!(my addition)


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    CajunKing
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    RE: "History of Pizza" 2006/12/01 09:20:08 (permalink)
    Hey NYNM is there gonna be a test???

    Cause like my family ate my homework last night!

    p.s. add left me an empty box and no leftovers, grrrrrrrrrr
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    NYNM
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    RE: "History of Pizza" 2006/12/01 10:39:24 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by cajunking

    Hey NYNM is there gonna be a test???

    Cause like my family ate my homework last night!

    p.s. add left me an empty box and no leftovers, grrrrrrrrrr



    Yes, an open box test!!
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    PapaJoe8
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    RE: "History of Pizza" 2006/12/01 12:52:06 (permalink)
    Great info NYNM, thanks! I have no facts to back this up but... I predict that soon it will come to light that the Chinese were making pizza two thousand years earlier than the folks in Pompeii. But they didn't call it pizza.
    Joe
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    Wendy62
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    RE: "History of Pizza" 2006/12/01 12:55:48 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by PapaJoe8

    Great info NYNM, thanks! I have no facts to back this up but... I predict that soon it will come to light that the Chinese were making pizza two thousand years earlier than the folks in Pompeii. But they didn't call it pizza.
    Joe


    I do like the way your mind works, PapaJoe. ...Probably if you'd checked Marco Polo's ship you'd have found a pile of used boxes.
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    Ashphalt
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    RE: "History of Pizza" 2006/12/01 13:05:08 (permalink)
    Aw, cmon! Everyone knows the aliens left pizza when they seeded the Earth with humans. Where do you think the idea of delivery came from?
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    PapaJoe8
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    RE: "History of Pizza" 2006/12/01 13:30:42 (permalink)
    Ahhh, righ Ash! Thats how all those ancient folks in Mexico and South America knew about pizza. I just hope the aliens don't come back to find the Mac & Cheese, and PB&J, pizzas being served today!
    Joe
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    RE: "History of Pizza" 2006/12/01 21:44:09 (permalink)
    I think that history is all wrong. It was referring to Pozza. We know Pizza was started in Gary, Indiana in the 40s.
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    RE: "History of Pizza" 2006/12/01 22:24:53 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by Ashphalt

    Aw, cmon! Everyone knows the aliens left pizza when they seeded the Earth with humans. Where do you think the idea of delivery came from?


    I love it!
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