Monday, July 13, 2009

104 years of Pizza in NYC

New York Magazine takes a look at the history of pizza in NYC starting in teh late 1800/early 1900 with Lombardi's first pizza parlor all the way up to 2009- a time when pizzaiolos offer pizza making workshops to foodies for $4K. I think this list is definitely missing a few important dates. Like the beginning of the Slice Blog and the recent fire at Totonno's.

It is also the 20th anniversary of the Spike Lee joint Do the Right Thing a powerful film about racial issues in Bedstuy, Brookly in which Lee plays a pizza delivery guy for a notoriously racist pizza parlor. I think that should definitely have been on the list of NYC pizza history.

Dear New York Magazine, Do the right thing and update your pizza history list!


Highlights:

1905: Gennaro Lombardi’s grocery store at 53 1/2 Spring St. becomes first licensed pizzeria in America. Eventually recruits pizzaioli Anthony “Totonno” Pero, John Sasso, and Pasquale “Patsy” Lancieri. Cost of pie: a nickel.


1964: Robert F. Kennedy, already being tagged “carpetbagger” as he runs for the Senate as a New Yorker, reportedly asks for a fork when presented with a pizza on the campaign trail. Aides deny the story.

1994: Seventy-nine people are arrested for operating an international drug ring out of a midtown Famous Original Ray’s.

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