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The History of Pizza Pie

The first known pizza shop was the Port 'Alba in Naples, which opened in 1830 and is still open today. The first pizzeria in North America was opened in 1905 by Gennaro Lombardi at 53 1/3 Spring Street in New York City.

Package Saver (for pizza & cake)
Have you ever wondered, "Who invented the circular thing that keeps the pizza from hitting the inside of the box top?" Well wonder no longer the package saver for pizza and cakes was invented by Carmela Vitale of  Dix Hills, NY, who filed for US patent #4,498,586 on February 10, 1983, issued on February 12, 1985. Special thanks to Howard Olivier, owner of the Flying Pie Pizzaria in Boise, Idaho, for sending us the right answer.

Pizza Hut
The first "Pizza Hut" pizza restaurant appeared in the United States during the 1930s.

The History of Pizza
Considered a peasant's meal in Italy for centuries, modern pizza is attributed to baker Raffaele Esposito of Napoli (Naples) in the Italian region of Campania. In 1889, Esposito of Pizzeria di Pietro (now called Pizzeria Brandi) baked pizza especially for the visit of Italian King Umberto I and Queen Margherita.

History of Pizza
Most sources, however, agree that an early form of pizza resembling what today is called focaccia was eaten by many peoples around the Mediterranean rim, e.g., by Greeks, Egyptians etc.

The History of Pizza
The modern precursor to what we call pizza occurred in pre-Renaissance Naples.

Pizza Trivia
Pizza facts. Sixty-two percent of Americans prefer meat toppings on their pizza, while 38% prefer vegetarian.

Pizza and Dough Recipes
Pizza and Pizza Dough Recipes. Whether you make your pizza from scratch wiith homemade dough or using purchased dough, you'll find many recipes to spur your imagination.

Frozen pizza was invented by Rose Totino.

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