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Lombardi's Pie

Oh man. I recently saw a special on the Food Network on the topic of the history of American pizzerias in general, and New York vs. Chicago Pizza in particular. Profiled on the show was Lombardi’s in NYC’s Little Italy, which dates back to 1905 and claims to be the first pizzeria in America. They still use the same coal ovens as they did 101 years ago. I believe they said that such coal ovens are illegal to use in new establishments today.

I always thought I was more of a Chicago-style pizza guy, but this made me think again. It was all about the crust, which was unlike anything I’d ever tasted. No wonder it’s illegal. I’ll be back…

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