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New York Pizza

August 14, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Written by Phin Upham

New York pizza originates in 1905, when a man named Gennaro Lombardi opened a pizzeria at 53 ½ Spring Street. Pizza dates back to the Neapolitan age of Italy, supposedly first made by Raffaele Esposito of Pizzeria de Pietro. Another origin story puts the creation of pizza as a tribute to the introduction of Queen Margherita to King Umberto. This was in Naples, in the year 1889.

It was largely a localized delicacy until immigrants began arriving in New York City seeking a better life. The ingredients were different, but the chefs were determined to bring back that taste of home. Instead of buffalo-milk mozzarella for instance, chefs had cow’s milk. Oregano was replaced by sweet marjoram. Everything about the pizza in America was different, even the quality of water.

World War II played a significant role in the spread of pizzas through America. After returning from European theaters of war, the troops had acquired a taste for the flat bread. That helped spur the spread of pizzerias outside of the Eastern seaboard.

Of course, the style is very different from what is colloquially known as the “Chicago Deep Dish.” This pizza was created at Pizzeria Uno, which is a chain that still survives today. Chicago deep dish was slow to catch on. It first appeared in 1912, served from a basket atop a man’s head, to very confused people who couldn’t figure out whether it was meant to be eaten or used as roofing materials. Perhaps that is why pizza is now served in boxes.


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Eating gelato from a cone or from a cup

July 9, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Written by Gelato Products

There really isn’t no wrong way of eating gelato. Whether you eat it from a cone or from a cup, or even from a bowl, you’d still be eating gelato. Perhaps the best thing about eating it from a cone is that you wouldn’t have much need for Ice cream spoons or Plastic yogurt spoons. On the other hand, eating it from a cup would mean that you can do away with any mess from melting gelato or any part of it falling off the cone or anything like that. It all boils down to preference really. If you don’t want to get your hands dirty or sticky, then a cup would really be a great way to eat gelato. Gelato is a type of food that would make anyone happy. It’s cold, it’s sweet, and it’s definitely tasty. Perhaps the only thing that gelato on a cone has over a cup and a spoon is the fact that a cone adds another level of flavor to the whole equation. If you look at it traditionally, gelato has always been eaten with a cone. As a matter of fact, even the best places in Florence that serves gelato also has some creativity to their cones. There are the plain sugar cones, while there are also cones that are covered with a layer of chocolate, rice krispies, and other ingredients as well that is a delight to eat with gelato. So there, you have the pros and cons of both, you just need to pick one.

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Gelato Is the Best Frozen Treat Out There

May 14, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

By Gelato Products

With summer just around the corner, your mind may be on all the frozen options out there for staying cool and satisfying your sweet tooth. For most people, that will mean ice cream. Others may have their sights set on getting some frozen yogurt. However, a good number of people out there are becoming more and more convinced that gelato is where it’s at.

Frozen yogurt suppliers all around the country are actually fulfilling orders for gelato shops, not their typical customers. That’s because they essentially both call for the same thing, but people are beginning to find out about and fall in love with gelato.

If you’ve taken the plunge and now crave satisfaction for your gelato needs, you should know that ice cream shop supplies will easily do for what you need. As far as ordering gelato, you can actually find it at a lot of grocery stores these days. Otherwise, you may need to do some research in order to find out whom to order it from in order to receive it in your area.

More and more, however, we’re also beginning to see gelato shops dedicated solely to the amazing treat. As such, you can just drive to the closest one to enjoy some gelato whenever you like.

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