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By: Kirsten Hawkins
Trying to trace the history of the first pizza is a surprisingly controversial subject. Some claim that this popular food is based on early unleavened breads served in the early centuries in Rome. Others trace a connection from modern pizza back to the pita breads of Greece.
As the years passed and the turn of the century came about, Italian immigrants brought this recipe with them to America. The first pizzeria was opened in America in 1905. It remained popular almost exclusively among immigrants until the end of World War II, when American soldiers returned to their home soil and brought back a love of the pizza they had discovered overseas.
With that, the pizza boom in America began and this food became a mainstream meal instead of an underground Italian snack.
The concentration of Italian immigrants in New York in those olden days
explains the fact that many people feel you must visit New York to get true
pizzeria-style pizza. It's where the pizza got its American start, after all.
And nobody who has experienced New York style pizza can disagree. New York is
famous for its pizzerias, where a true slice of pizza consists of a thin, wide
In the early 1940s, the city of Chicago, IL took pizza in a different
direction. It is believed that the first pizzeria in Chicago was Pizzeria Uno,
opened in 1943 by Ike Sewell. Sewell's pizza creation was a new twist on the
old New York standard. He created what is known today as deep-dish pizza, where
the pizza is sunk low into a deeper pan, and the crust is allowed to rise in
To this day you can find yourself in some pretty heated debates if you argue with a New Yorker or a Chicagoan about what constitutes authentic pizzeria- style pizza. But whatever crust style you choose, pizza is a unique food with a foggy past and a definite appeal that has lasted through many incarnations.
So you're lucky enough to find yourself in New York or Chicago, or any city for
that matter that has a true pizzeria, complete with checked tablecloths and
plenty of garlic on the menu, indulge yourself in an old tradition and order a
slice. After all, its tradition.
About the Author: Kirsten Hawkins is a food and nutrition expert specializing the Mexican, Chinese, and Italian food. Visit http://www.food-and-nutrition.com/ for more information on cooking delicious and healthy meals.
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