History of the Original Tomato Pie

A’pizza Fact #4

It’s not known exactly when the first pizza was made in New Haven but history points to late 1800’s to early 1900’s. Pizza was made almost exclusively from bread and pastry bakers from New Haven, all originally from Southern Italy. Back in that time frame there was no refrigeration so toppings were basic, this was the birth of the tomato pie. Dough, crushed Italian tomatoes, Pec Romano and EVOO. That’s it. Later, anchovies, garlic and onions were also added. That original tomato pie would have looked very similar to this one.

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