A Brief History of New York Pizza

 
LOMBARDI’S
The ROOT of ALL GREAT PIZZA In AMERICA
GENARO LOMARDI With PIZZAIOLO ANTHONY PERO (Totonno’s)
 
 

1905: Gennaro Lombardi’s opens America’s “First Ever Pizzeria” at  53 1/2 Spring St. in Lower Manhattam, New York, NY .. Some famed Pizzaioli  (Pizza Makers) work there over the years;Anthony Pero founder of Totonno’s Coney Island, John Sasso of John’s Pizza Bleecker Street, and Pasquale Lancieri aka “Patsy” who opens “Patsy’s Pizzeria in Eats Harlem. A Pizza cost a Nickel at Lombardi’s in 1905 ..

1924: Anthony “Totonno” Pero opens Totonno’s in Coney Island. Establishes unusual ritual that some Pizzerias carry on to this day. When the dough runs out, the Pizzeria close for the day.

1929: John Sasso opens John’s Pizzeria on Bleecker Street.

1933: Pasquale “Patsy” Lancieri opens Patsy’s in East Harlem.

1956: Average cost of a slice of New York pizza: 15 cents. Price keeps pace with cost of subway fare, seen as a kind of an economic indicator.

1959: Ralph Cuomo opens Ray’s Pizza on Prince Street.

1964: Di Fara Pizza opens in Midwood, Brooklyn.

1977: Saturday Night FeverJohn Travolta double-slices it at Lenny’s in Bay Ridge.

1990: Three Ray’s owners, none of them named Ray, band together, form a coalition to trademark the name, and eliminate impostors, or make them pay a fee.

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

2004: Anthony Mangieri opens Una Pizza Napoletana. Some cal him “The Pizza Nazi” 

2004: Zagat awards Di Fara 28 rating for food along with Le Bernardin and Jean Georges; Di Fara also receives lowest rating ever for décor: 5.

TOTONNO’S OPENED IN 1924 
By FORMER LOMBARDI’S PIZZAIOLO
ANTHONY PERRO
photo by Daniel Bellino-Zwicke



 
JOHN’S PIZZERIA
OPENED 1929
By FORMER LOMBARDI’S PIZZAIOLO JOHN SASSO
 
 
photo Daniel Bellino-Zwicke
 
 
 
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PATSY’S OPENED 1933
by FORMER LOMBARDI’S PIZZAIOLO
PASQUALE LACIERI
 
PATSY’S
BACK In The DAY
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PATSY’S PIZZERIA NAPOLETANA SPAGHETTI HOUSE
Circa 1933
East Harlem, New York
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The Maestro of PIZZA
Mr. Dominic DeMarco
DiFara Pizza
Brooklyn, NEW YORK
Many consider DiFara Pizza made by the Maestro of Pizza Mr. Dom DeMarco to be New York’s # 1 very best Pizza of all. That my friends means it’s the best pizza in America and I wouldn’t disagree.
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Sunday Sauce 
by Daniel Bellino-Zwicke
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MANGIA ITALIANO
Daniel Bellino-Zwicke
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SOPHIA e la PIZZA

 

 

 

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