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!
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.