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Polish guy

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First Pizza in the U.S.A. Mon, 02/6/06 12:52 PM (permalink)
Many years back I can remember reading that when Pizza first came to the U.S.A. it was in two cities, somewhere in New York, and the other in Gary, Indiana.

Does anyone, along with me, remember this.

Fill me in.

This was great Pizza, but that was in the past, and kids today will never know.
 
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    markolenski

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    RE: First Pizza in the U.S.A. Mon, 02/6/06 1:16 PM (permalink)
     
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      Polish guy

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      RE: First Pizza in the U.S.A. Mon, 02/6/06 1:44 PM (permalink)
      The place in Gary, Indiana, was on West 5th. Ave. on the north side of 5th. Ave. and just a few blocks west of Broadway.

      Does anyone remember, it was the best around?
       
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        ZekeTheCat

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        RE: First Pizza in the U.S.A. Mon, 02/6/06 5:41 PM (permalink)
        The place in Gary Indiana was the Flamingo Lounge and I remember it well - was born and raised in Gary - 1945-67 - great pizza - had a unique taste and smell that I've never tasted since or been able to duplicate. My family used to go there for pizza which was in it's infancy in those days. I remember you could watch the pizza maker put it together through the sidewalk window on 5th ave. and you could smell that wonderful pizza baking smell from the kitchen outside.
        It was featured in an early article on pizza in the March 7,1953 issue of Colliers magazine. Bruno Iten the pizza maker featured in the magazine story later moved to West Lafayette Indiana and started Bruno's Swiss Inn in 1955 and is still in business - now just called Bruno's - still making pizza for Purdue folks - of which I've eaten many.
         
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          Polish guy

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          RE: First Pizza in the U.S.A. Mon, 02/6/06 8:10 PM (permalink)
          I had Bruno's Pizza and it's no Flamingo Pizza, but than nothing is like it used to be. Do you remember big Gus, the cigar smoking owner of the place?
          Those were the days.
          I went to Emerson High School, the oldest in the city.

          Gary was a great place.
           
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            ZekeTheCat

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            RE: First Pizza in the U.S.A. Mon, 02/6/06 9:20 PM (permalink)
            Nope ,don't remember him- was just a kid back in the 50's - lived on west side in Brunswick - went through school K-12 (1950-63) at Edison - 5th & Burr - a lot of fond memories of Gary at least in the early years - I came thru there a couple years ago and was really saddened at what the downtown looks like now. Flamingo Pizza just a past pleasant memory now - wish I had their recipe for pizza.
             
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              trudyn

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              RE: First Pizza in the U.S.A. Thu, 02/9/06 11:12 PM (permalink)
              quote:
              Originally posted by JohnABSmith

              Ask Hoffman. It invented in the whole world in New Haven CT and the real name is apizza. Everyone else is wrong.
              Mr. Smith, please don't troll. Michael's pizza knowledge is something I respect. I had a few um, poimted words with him this week but I respect his knowledge. And he likes Waffle House
               
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                ZekeTheCat

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                RE: First Pizza in the U.S.A. Sat, 02/11/06 10:35 AM (permalink)
                The Colliers Magazine (March 7, 1953) early article on pizza states " Pizza crossed the Atlantic with Itallian immigrants in the latter part of the nineteenth centry. Probably the first pizzaria in America was at 53 1/2 Spring Street, NYC about 1895." It was later bought in 1905 and became Lombardi's. Interesting history - wonder if they are still in business anywhere.
                 
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                  Polish guy

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                  RE: First Pizza in the U.S.A. Sat, 02/11/06 10:47 AM (permalink)
                  How do I get a copy of the Colliers Magazine (March 7, 1953) article on pizza?
                   
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                    Jimeats

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                    RE: First Pizza in the U.S.A. Sat, 02/11/06 11:14 AM (permalink)
                    quote:
                    Originally posted by Polish guy

                    How do I get a copy of the Colliers Magazine (March 7, 1953) article on pizza?
                    EBay where else? Chow Jim
                     
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                      ZekeTheCat

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                      RE: First Pizza in the U.S.A. Sat, 02/11/06 3:58 PM (permalink)
                      You might try a large city library - sometimes they have archived magazines going back quite a few years. And I've seen piles of old magazines at antique stores / flea markets etc`or you might try a search for used magazine dealers on the web.
                       
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                        Polish guy

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                        RE: First Pizza in the U.S.A. Sat, 02/11/06 5:25 PM (permalink)
                        I tried the web and the libraries, no help. Still looking.
                         
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                          Polish guy

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                          RE: First Pizza in the U.S.A. Sat, 02/11/06 5:29 PM (permalink)
                          Jimeats, I just want a copy for file, of the article, and will not pay a bunch of money for it.
                           
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