While New York has always had a great reputation for serving good pizza by the piece, many people may not realize how much of the city’s history is tied to this little piece of pie.
America’s First Pizzeria in NYC
The Pizza Hall of Fame says that Lombardi’s in Manhattan was the first pizzeria in America. The first pizzas was served to local workers as a lunchtime treat in 1897. In order to make these pizzas easy for workers to grab and take with them, they were wrapped up in paper and tied with string.
Coal-fired Ovens for Pizza
When people from Naples, Italy, started arriving in the city, they brought their love for wood-fired pizzas with them. They discovered, however, that wood in New York City was much more expensive, so they soon changed to baking pizzas in coal-fired ovens.
Introduction of Deck Ovens for Pizza
New York-style pizza continued to be baked in coal-fired ovens until the 1940s when the first deck ovens were introduced. While there are still several establishments in the city that use these deck ovens, a more recent trend has been to return to using wood-fired ovens.
Five New Pizzerias Coming to NYC
If you love pizza, then there are several new spots around New York City that you will want to check out. Una Pizza Napoletana is set to reopen in Manhattan serving Neapolitan-style pizzas. Joe & Pat’s Pizzeria is also set to open in Manhattan after delighting diners on Staten Island for several years. Matt and Emily Hyland are set to open two new pizzerias in the East Village. Finally, Beebe’s is poised to open in Long Island City.